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Last week on Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured part 1 of Rhythm Lab Radio’s Best Songs of 2011. This week, we concluded with Part 2 of Rhythm Lab Radio’s Best Songs of 2011. We also announced the first ever Rhythm Lab Radio Artist Of The Year and the 9 finalists in a countdown. The winner and finalists are listed below. Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll!
10. Toro Y Moi - “All Alone”
9. Alex Clare - “Relax My Beloved”
8. CREEP - “You” feat. Nina SKy
7. The Weeknd - “What You Need”
6. Michael Kiwanuka - “Tell Me Tale”
5. Jamie XX - “Far Nearer”
4. James Blake - “Wilhelm Scream”
3. Lana Del Rey - “Blue Jeans”
2. Little Dragon - “Nightlife”
-end of Best Songs of 2011-
Posted By: Noah WunschTuesday, December 20,2011
Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard are beautiful. Not foo-foo beautiful. Not crimp your hair and call me dolly beautiful. No, they’re part of the new generation. Erudite females, well-versed in pop culture and black leather. Do’s that DON’T go styled. The type of girls that are best friends with gay guys and call them fags, and drink beer. Who go to a brothel in Zurich dressed in Phillip Lim. Who used to thrash hell to Siouxsie and the Banshees, but are now able to see something eerily gothic about Katy Perry and KE$HA. Their music is loud, blaring from the big ass speakers at a venue in Chelsea. It has the personality and roar of an eighteen wheeler, and when they DJ, they focus like school kids on Adderall. They chill. They play. They rock. But mostly, they’re fucking creeps.
I caught up with the dynamic DJ duo after they played a set last weekend at a party held by indie phenom RCRD LBL. For all intensive purposes, I wrote this interview as if CREEP were a schizophrenic entity. One person dueling in jargon. They dished me some dirt on creeps, creepers and CREEP.
How do you guys feel about the set you just played?
-It was good. It was kind of hard to see who was dancing because it seemed to go in pockets.
-One girl broke out the glow sticks in the end.
-That means we won.
-If people break out the glow sticks that’s good.
Tell me about the birthing of CREEP?
-We’ve known each other forever. Lauren was doing all of her amazing house stuff and I was Doing a bunch of weird shit. I started this one song that ended up being “Days.” It was a skeleton of a song, but then I played it for Lauren and she was like “drop a bass line on it.” From there we built on it. Beers and music.
-So many beers. I fell asleep with a beer under my pillow.
-Crushed. Her head crushed the beer can under the pillow. We played it for a bunch of our friends and they liked it, so we thought we might be onto something and kept writing.
What does the name CREEP mean to you guys?
-It just sounds good. Quite literally I like how it sounds.
Are you Creeper pros?
-We do like Creepers.
-I like Creepers. I don’t own them, but I borrow some off my friends sometimes.
Who’s the biggest fucking creep in the world?
-Melissa from Telepathy.
-Yeah kind of. RIP.
How would you describe your sound?
-Tonight it was up in the air. We didn’t know what to start with. We know and love Diplo, but we’ve never played with him, and we know that he’s a bit harder than we are. So it was difficult to judge what we play.
-It was difficult, yeah, but we’re kind of all over the map when we decide what to play.
-House, UK, funky, bass.
How’s the way you performed changed since you formed?
-It’s so crazy how it started! We literally had no idea how to do anything in the beginning, but it started in front of a crowd, behind a big table, I didn’t have a drum machine. We learned as we went.
-It was a big learning curve for us, but I’m glad we were thrown into it, because I feel like we wouldn’t have learned it if we hadn’t been thrown out to the wolves.
-We got thrown into the deep end without knowing how to swim.
-I still don’t know how to physically swim, but I know how to swim on stage.
Have you had a traumatic experience with swimming?
-Lauren grew up on a lake, and her mom had a pool and she still can’t swim.
-I had an episode when I was younger. I WAS REALLY SMALL.
-She was like 5, and she was black out drunk. She took her car for a drive right into the lake.
-Right into the lake. I was on probably like 5 hits of E.
-5 or 6-years-old.
5 hits of E at 5?
-It was the 90’s!
How do you hope to progress together?
-We want to add more strings to our live show. We want to work visually with artists. There’re a lot of things we want to do to progress. We have a lot of pipe dreams, but I think they could become reality easily.
-I totally disagree with you. It’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be hard and take the next ten years.
-I’m talking about small pipe dreams. Like midsize pipe dreams.
Any side projects?
-I’m gonna be producing some projects in the next year. I would like to do a little more dance music to cleanse the palette and sage the area.
Where are you guys based right now?
-Brooklyn and Berlin.
Two pretty different places. How’s that affect your work?
-Our musical family lives in Berlin. The people that inspire us. When I’m there it’s home. There’s a lot of creative energy there.
-When we play Europe, Berlin is easier. A lot of our friends who are amazing, and big influences on us are there. It’s a nice creative energy there.
-Everyone walks fast for a reason in New York. In Berlin it’s just a different pace, but just as creative.
How can people get access to your live sets? Do you record them?
-Sometimes the venue records them.
-We do mixes occasionally. We don’t usually put live sets on the web site, but we put some tracks up there.
It sounds like you guys have had some crazy misadventures. What is the greatest misadventure you’ve had?
-We went to a brothel in Zurich.
-Yeah, I had no idea until the next day. This was our first tour through Europe, we had maybe four days off. Our agent put us through the ringer. So on one of our days off we polished off like, three quarters a bottle of tequila. Went back to the hotel dropped our shit off. Asked the concierge, clearly a gay dude, where we could party. He sent us some place in the sex district, but it was closed. So then I looked across the street and I was like, “Boobs! Look! Let’s go.”
-So we went in and it was this very small room, with one stripper pole, and old woman behind the bar. Five chicks lined up in front of the bar. So she slaps her credit card down on the bar.
-Boom! Tequila! The men loved us. One of the girl comes over and asks me to buy her a drink, and I’m like, “Girl, I’ll buy you a drink. Whatchoo want?” So she brings over this bottle menu, like hundreds of euros. I’m like, “I’m not buying you a bottle.”
-I’ve watched a lot of documentaries about prostitution, so I knew we were at a brothel, and I tried telling her, but Lauren didn’t know. It was an interesting experience. We saw someone do a strip teaser to “Private Dancer.”
-Amazing! When does that happen? Tina Turner, “Private Dancer,” when does that happen? The next day we went to Hooters.
by Cherie Millns
Buzz bands are a dime a dozen, and it’s rare that I stop and pay any attention to them. But Creep…well, Creep turned my head. Just the right mix of thoughtful intelligence and insouciant creativity behind the music to make me stop and listen, and *shock horror* even consider venturing out into unknown (to me) musical territory (R&B, hip hop). Ok, and I admit that I’ve always been partial to witches (thanks, Anne Rice) – not that I’m insinuating that Brooklyn-based DJ/producer duo Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard are witches! – but their music has been shoe-horned into the ‘witch house’ genre, despite their reluctance to be categorised as either ‘witch house’, ‘haunted house’, ‘drag’ or any other catchily-named genre.
Creep were in my cosy little town for a few days recently, and I imposed on their free time to get Lauren and Lauren to answer a few questions via email about teenage obsessions, future plans and where they get all their best ideas:
High Rotation: Hi, thanks for taking time out to talk to High Rotation.
When I saw your gig in Zurich, I didn’t know anything about Creep, and found myself mesmerized throughout the entire show. How has the audience reaction been during this short European tour?
It’s taken us a while to be able to even look up to see the audience, but the reactions seem positive. This is our first tour ever, and it has been an incredible learning experience. In a month we have grown so much and now know what to do to expand our live show even more. Playing live is fun, we’re enjoying ourselves. Very excited to come back for festival season.
Creep has a very strong visual aesthetic, from your stage visuals, to your videos – for example, your latest video for ‘You’ ft. Nina Sky, directed by Thalia Mavros, is fantastically atmospheric (and with great haircuts!) with shades of The Shining (hallways, twins). How much creative input do you have in your videos? How important is it for Creep to have a definitive visual identity?
Our visuals, like our music is a collaborative effort. With “you”, Thalia had a very strong concept so she pretty much ran with it. We love it, its like if Bergman met an En Vogue video. She is very talented, we’ll be working with her on a few more videos. The visuals are another creative outlet so its very important for us to create something unique to our sound.
You’ve worked with Romy from The xx, Nina Sky and Kazu from Blonde Redhead, among others. Is there anyone else who you would really love to collaborate with – your dream collaboration?
I’ve heard whispers of a full-length album out sometime this year – please tell me more, and that is really happening!
The hardest part is finding the time to write being on the road so much. We are about halfway through writing our full length, maybe more. Our goal is to have it out by the end of the year indeed. We have also been working on alot of mixes and remixes so stay tuned!
You’ve toured with Klaxons and Esben and the Witch recently – what is the best/worst thing about touring?
The best is definitely connecting with different audiences all over the world. It makes us really happy when people come up to us after our shows. Its a very special thing to be able to perform for fans as well as people that haven’t heard of us, its a great opportunity. The most difficult thing hands down is the physical part of traveling. It all becomes worth it tho once we hit the stage.
Social media is pretty important for musicians these days. Do you see the possibility of increased contact and feedback from fans as an advantage or disadvantage?
Definite advantage if you use it positively. We try to be as personal as we can to our fan base. It’s nice for them to be able to reach out to us directly as well. What I would have given to do that to people I was a fan of growing up.
Creep is signed to Young Turks. Do you have complete creative freedom, or are there certain parameters that they’ve given you?
We actually aren’t signed to anyone. We put our first record out through Young Turks and love them immensely.
You’ve spent a couple of days in Switzerland recently – what have you discovered about Switzerland while you were here?
The landscape is stunning. We just walked around for hours upon hours. The contrast between mountains and urban life is a perfect combination. And also the canals, you can actually see the rocks under water. you CANNOT see the bottom of the East River in NYC!
What plans do you have for Creep in the future, besides world domination?
Mostly concentrating on finishing our full length and of course more touring. Building up our live show as well. We are constantly trying to expand and develop our show. That is something we will be doing for the next 10 years, I believe.
Outside of Creep, are you both still pursuing your own solo projects?
: I have whole heartedly given myself to CREEP. Everything I write sounds more CREEP. To be honest, I feel very free writing for CREEP. Like I’ve finally found a true home for my sound, and it feels good.
Lauren Dillard: Creep is our life and we love it!
What’s on your current playlist?
What/who was your first musical obsession?
LF: Pearl Jam! I was absolutely obsessed from about 8th to 10th grade. I even wore a different Pearl Jam shirt to school every day for a week once. Then my obsession shifted Garbage, Hole, Portishead and even Sarah Mclauchlan and Ministry. Talk about eclectic haha.
LD: Mine was like No Doubt and the Prodigy. I think the first tape i owned was Ace Of Base but i got over that kinda fast. sonic youth + skinny puppy + throbbing gristle + Einstuerzende Neubauten along w like freestyle. Pop and noise.
What’s on your bedside table?
LF: A lamp. BORING.
LD: usually my macbook and like a candle or something. romantic.
And finally, I get all my best ideas in the shower – you?
LF: I usually get mine when I’m about to fall asleep to be honest, which may be annoying for the person sleeping next to me.
LD: I usually have a manic mad scientist moment either right after my first cup of coffee or around 3am in my room alone.
Big thanks to Lauren and Lauren for taking time out on their day off to answer my questions.
I’m excited to hear that there is more Creep just around the corner. You can never have enough Creep! Here’s hoping Lauren and Lauren find some time in between festivals and photoshoots to finish their album – I know what I’ll be putting on my wishlist for Santa this year.
Thu 28th Apr ‘11, 07:00pm
+ Guests £10.00
Over 14s only - under 16s to be accompanied by an adult - photo ID required
Sampha on stage 7.30pm,
Creep on stage 8.20pm,
Mount Kimbie on stage 9.10pm, Curfew 10pm
Published Mar 2, 2011
CREEP are Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, an up-and-coming New York duo that have a sound that sits on the edge of trip-hop and noir pop. Their debut single “Days of Days” (ft. Romy Croft of The xx), is a beautiful and languid track that evokes dark forests within ghostly imagery. Still formulating a live set, CREEP performed one of a handful of shows for the Seven New York fashion week event at Tribeca Grand. GL: How did you both meet? GL: When and why did you move from friendship to also forming a band? GL: The name CREEP, how did that come about? GL: Do you have a musical and visual ideology behind Creep? Even though it is early days and it seems like that has already developed. GL: How did your first single “Day of Days” come about? And what is the idea behind video? GL: What are you working on now? GL: You’ve played only a few live shows so far, how is the live format developing? GL: Are you working on more collaborations? GL: And what is coming up for CREEP next? FAVORITES GL: Record of the moment? GL: Thing to do in New York?
Dillard: We met at this crazy Japanese burlesque show in the lower east side years ago and have been hanging ever since.
Dillard: We started CREEP as a side project for fun with our good friend Melissa from Telepathe. When Melissa had to leave New York to start recording her next record, Flax and I kicked it into high gear and realized we had a good thing going!
Dillard: We were all throwing around band names at the beginning of the project… I think Melissa came up with the name CREEP, got a good ring to it.
Flax: Our motivation is simply to keep focused on the music and pay little attention to much else. For things like the logo, Lauren Dillard made it, she’s a very visually gifted person. I fell in love with it immediately.
Dillard: The first single with Romy Croft was the first song we wrote as CREEP, me and Flax. We had been sitting on it, thinking what to do about vocals… Romy was in town and we were hanging out and DUH it was a no- brainer. Her voice is married to the track!
Flax: The video concept came about by Dillard and I bouncing photos back and forth to Warren Fischer. From there he created a storyboard and brought all these photographs into stunning motion. He’s a dream.
Dillard: Right now we are preparing for our US tour with Klaxons. We are very excited to travel the country with such great friends for our first tour!
Flax: From there we head to Europe for two months to tour non-stop.
Dillard: The live format is developing well, it definitely is a learning process and we’re progressing to exactly how we want it to be. We recently played a live show at Tribeca Grand for NYFW Seven party. It went well, and was the first time we performed live with cellists. The amazing Nina Sky made a guest appearance to sing our song “You.” A supportive screaming crowd and very good vibes!
Flax: It definitely built our confidence and made us realize we can really do this. Our show will be constantly developing, probably for our entire career. We take the visual aspect of performance just as serious as the music.
Dillard: Yes, I think we’re basically coming up with an album full of collaborations! We are working withPlanningtorock, Kazu of Blonde Redhead, Miike Snow, and Holly Miranda to say a few.
Dillard: Well obviously our US tour with Klaxons. We’ll be playing in NYC at Webster Hall on the 29th of March.
CREEP: Beth Ditto’s new solo EP, Koreless!
CREEP: BBQ and soccer (meaning frozen margaritas with Brazilians) in MacCarren Park.
CREEP are Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, an up-and-coming New York duo that have a sound that sits on the edge of trip-hop and noir pop. Their debut single “Days of Days” (ft. Romy Croft of The xx), is a beautiful and languid track that evokes dark forests within ghostly imagery. Still formulating a live set, CREEP performed one of a handful of shows for the Seven New York fashion week event at Tribeca Grand.
GL: How did you both meet?
GL: When and why did you move from friendship to also forming a band?
GL: The name CREEP, how did that come about?
GL: Do you have a musical and visual ideology behind Creep? Even though it is early days and it seems like that has already developed.
GL: How did your first single “Day of Days” come about? And what is the idea behind video?
GL: What are you working on now?
GL: You’ve played only a few live shows so far, how is the live format developing?
GL: Are you working on more collaborations?
GL: And what is coming up for CREEP next?
GL: Record of the moment?
GL: Thing to do in New York?