Passion Pit: Don't Call Them EDM
In a world of people seeking salvation in the beat, Passion Pit is a messiah. These Boston-based kings of indie sound give rockers something to chew on, and techno kids get the electro vibes they crave. The result is simple: Everyone dances to Passion Pit. Having graced us with its onstage glory at SunFest 2012, the band is back, but this time it's taking the top spot at the inaugural Coastline Festival.
Jason Nocito Passion Pit, meet Coastline. Coastline, meet Passion Pit.
In response to recent tour date cancellations, lead singer and singular songwriter Michael Angelakos released a lengthy explanation to the media, including some talk on his current mental state of affairs. But don't worry. It won't prevent Passion Pit from warming up West Palm with sweaty, anthemic jams.
We chatted with keyboardist Ian Hultquist, who assured us the show must go on. And we learned something important from him. Call it fun, call it alone-in-my-apartment dance-worthy. But whatever you do, don't call Passion Pit EDM.
New Times: What kind of impact did the Boston area have on the band coming together and creating its sound?
Ian Hultquist: None of us actually grew up in Boston. But we were all between Berklee College of Music and Emerson, and we were kind of in the music scene where you play in different bands together in different situations.
And I think when Passion Pit started, it was a mix. There was a really cool DJ scene that was starting up there. And then at the same time, there was also a really good indie-band scene that was happening that a lot of us were part of. We kind of mixed the two together. There was dance-y, electro music, but then we played it like an indie-rock band at the same time. I think that was one of the things that made people around us take notice of us.
Your music has electronic tones and feelings. Do you guys consider yourself EDM?
No, not at all. We actually prefer to not be put in that category. And we play a lot of festivals that have a lot of EDM artists, and we think it is kind of a strange mix-up. It's really not the music we play -- it's a very different thing.