Today’s Feature – May 3-4: ScientificLifestyle

May 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm (Today's Feature)

Part of any musician’s identify is developed though the all-important live show – their charisma, their style, hell, even the characters they play all come out live. And if that isn’t enough to balance and maintain, they gotta sound good too. ScientificLifestyle understands that electronic-based bands don’t exactly carry a stellar reputation when it comes to re-producing their sound on stage, so it’s no secret that SciLi takes extra steps to avoid ever being lumped in with every other act spinning in electronica; “The thing that we’ve always done with this band – because we all come from different perspectives – is work with a lot of styles and not emphasize electronic over everything else.”

With Zach Grace and Darius Holbert providing the music and the mixing, Nicole Porter (who has appeared with both Jane’s Addiction and Aerosmith), strums the vocal chords, and also carries true power within the band – she knows what works and what doesn’t. The three do write as a group however, feeding off one another… like “cannibals” according to Holbert. This feeding frenzy process is what has lead to the band’s latest EP, “The Arrow,” the follow-up to their 2006 debut album, “Modern Sounds for the New Era.”

Creating this “alluring and sensual experience,” has helped “this exotic, groove-based trio to take a great leap forward with a less-is-more approach.” The electronic mix of alternative sounds, gospel, soul, and blues is complimented beautifully by Porter – her saintly tone dancing wonderfully through the melodies. You’ll see how it works during the live performance, where ScientificLifestyle proves they’re a step ahead of the rest. And listen to Stuff Magazine – “Flight 273” sits pretty as one of their top ten songs to download. Get into the XXQ’s to learn more.

XXQs: ScientificLifestyle

PensEyeView.com (PEV): Tell us how ScientificLifestyle first formed as a band. Was it an instant connection from that first show?

DH: No, we had a few iterations before we found the right chemistry. We continue to tinker with the live line-up, but the core of Nicole, Zach and me is unimpeachable!

PEV: What were your first years in the music business like for the band? When you were just starting out?

DH: There are dues to be paid in every career. It just feels like music is an expensive taskmaster! We had the shows at 1:30 on a tuesday night for a handful of folks like everybody does. I don’t think you ever stop paying those dues.

PEV: Growing up, what kind of music where the members of ScientificLifestyle listening to?

DH: I always listened to everything. Classical, Jazz, Country, Slow-Jams, Tejano. There was a year where I listened only to Yes and Led Zep. A hard year to be my friend I suppose.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a profession rather than just a hobby?

DH: I started really early in music, so I’ve never really had any commercially marketable skills. It’s really always been music or hobo for me.

PEV: What is a live ScientificLifestyle performance like?

DH: Oh man, it’s a stone cold gas! If the folks in the crowd have a tenth of as much fun as we do on stage, they’re having a blast. We pride ourselves on putting on a super high-energy show every time.

PEV: You were recently named by Stuff Magazine as one of the top ten songs to download. That’s a pretty big honor. How has exposure like this helped out your career?

DH: It’s helped in the ways you think it would help: fans, sales, just general interest and the like. It’s been great.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, EP “The Arrow”. The follow-up to its acclaimed 2006 debut album, “Modern Sounds for the New Era?”

DH: It’s really more of a focused sound now. We’ve stripped to the essence of what we want to project as a project. How’s that for heteronyms?

PEV: How is “The Arrow” different than others out today? As well as different from your previous works?

DH: I like to think that it’s the same broad musical influences that every westerner has, but we’re just putting it together in a new and different way.

PEV: What happens when you hit that “creative brick wall” and feel like a song is just not coming out right? What is your method to cure that?

DH: Since we write as a group, there’s always somebody that’s working, so we feed off of each other. Like cannibals.

PEV: Is there a certain environment you surround yourselves in when you sit down to write music?

DH: Inspiration strikes wherever, so I’ve written in the car, in the grocery store, asleep.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success?

DH: They all still give me the same shit.

PEV: Having traveled everywhere, what city do you think offers the best appreciation for music? Why?

DH: We’ve always had great successes in Portland and Seattle. And Europeans seem to take their music very seriously. A lot of fanatics there, which is great for a band.

PEV: What is life on the road like for the band? Best and worst parts?

DH: The best and the worst part is that you’re on the road

PEV: Is there an “up and coming” artist or band right now that you think we should all be listening to?

DH: I like what Jamie Lidell is doing in England. Mute Math out of New Orleans is pretty dang hot, too.

PEV: With a long list of names you’ve worked with, is there someone you have not had the chance to work with or collaborate with, that you would like to?

DH: See above.

PEV: When the band is not traveling or performing, what can we find you doing in your spare time?

DH: Writing. Sleeping. Watching my Texas baseball team lose.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of ScientificLifestyle?

DH: We are highly trained breakdancing robots?

PEV: If we were to walk into your practice studio what would we find?

DH: Chocolate-covered vodka balls

PEV: In one word, describe ScientificLifestyle.

DH: ScientificLifestyle.

PEV: So, what is next for the band?

DH: The world!

For more information on ScientificLifestyle, check out www.scientificlifestyle.com Check out ScientificLifestyle images at www.subsetm.com/promo/scili

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