Man I love Sparks.
Watching Money Ball for the third time on the flight home from South America, I couldn’t help reflecting on the similarities of the Oakland A’s, Billy Bean and my band The Rapture. We succeeded in everything I ever wanted back in 2002 but like Bean, I didn’t realize it. Because “House of Jealous Lovers” didn’t get played on the radio and sell millions of records I thought I had failed. I started listening to people around me who told me that it wasn’t enough and I slowly pushed away the people who believed in me outside of the band.
That song changed the game, we were the first band of our generation to write a really killer song that incorporated something that you could DJ in a club full stop with a punk vibe. People ask me about that all the time in interviews and I have been brushing it off for years, but I think it’s finally time for me to claim it, to be myself, fearlessly. Ten years ago, I accomplished everything I ever wanted in music. To make a mark, to be part of the awesome chain of music history, however small. Like Moneyball, people came along and sold a lot of records and made lot’s of songs that got played on the radio with that idea that we pioneered, and are still doing it. But we were there first, and that’s enough, finally.
I have been blessed to make enough money to help raise my son, and still do the job I know and love and stay married to a beautiful woman who is my best friend. Many of the people who I started playing music with don’t even do it anymore at all in any form, or certainly are not getting to travel the world and play for many people all the time. I never wanted to make a shit ton of money or be super famous, that’s not the point. To love what you do, and have a chance to do it everyday, that is success.
Back in the day, Vito, Mattie and I wrote a song down at Tasty Fish Studios a rehearsal space in the Lower East side, and James Murphey and Tim Goldsworthy did a hell of a job producing it into something that worked. Jonathan Galkin quit his much more high paying job as a corporate dude, to do something he loved (managing the label), James and Tim got Metro Area to remix the sucker because that would give it some legitimacy on the b-side, and DFA was born, in a little studio on West 13th St, where Civilles and Coles made music ten years before that, in a building owned by Tyler Broadie who used to tour with us.
Huge thank you to everyone who entered the remix contest. We had 149 entries which is totally awesome and overwhelming. We then Narrowed it down to a top 10+1. From that we ended up with a top 3. There were a lot of great remixes and we’re really honored by everyone taking time to do them. Thank you!
Above is a link to the winning remix by Cyclist + Pat Lok
Here is a link to all of the remixes: http://soundcloud.com/groups/how-deep-is-your-love-remix-competition/tracks
So we had a nice little break for the holidays. Gave us some time to rest and recoup and reflect on 2011. It was a good year. We put out a new album and we played a lot of shows around the world (62 I think). It was pretty awesome.
But now it’s 2012 and we’ve got a lot more good stuff coming. Starting off with a bunch of awesome remixes of Sail Away by Cut Copy, Aeroplane and The Cosmic Kids.
We also had a remix contest for How Deep is Your Love? which we got a ton of entries for. We were really overwhelmed by the amount of great remixes. We will be making a special announcement of the winner soon.
Also we’re going to be touring a bunch more around the world and hopefully coming to a city/town near you. We’re kicking off 2012 by playing a bunch of shows in Latin America which we’re totally psyched about. You can check out all of our tour dates for 2012 so far at our tour dates section of our facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rapture/133896639724?sk=app_169552653106003
Looking forward to 2012 and hopefully see you soon.
He also shared this video he made for the awesome new Jam Factory song Threads.
If you watched our live streaming video a couple days ago you might have noticed our host was none other than Ben Rhymer. Yes the Ben Rhymer that the song is named after. It was great to see Ben again and spend some time with him. He kept on asking if we’d seen the wrestling video and finally late one night at someones house he showed us this gem. Thank Ben.
Speaking of the Bee Gees whose song was covered so awesomely in the post below. I absolutely love this acapella version of Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. What great voices.
Chic before they were Chic. One of my favorite rhythm sections of all time including Nile Rodgers on rhythm guitar. Sooo good. Thanks to Jeffery from Poolside for sending this one over.
Alright. So we started a new blog. You can still find our old one at wordpress. We’re on a short break right now. Played 60 shows in 3 months on the first leg of our world tour. Taking a short break and then gearing up for many more shows including: South America, Japan, Australia, Europe and North America. So we’ll see you soon.