An Interview With FAULKNER, The Alternative Bi-Coastal Band From Brooklyn and Venice.
Posted On 01 Aug 2016
Faulkner released their debut EP “Revanchist” this past March. It was produced by RZA, Mark Needham (The Killers) & JP Bowersock (The Strokes) at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu.
RZA says he was “instantly impressed:” “They gave me a demo of the song, and it sounded very interesting. So I said, ‘OK, let me come on in and see what kind of energy we have.’ And it turned out to be a great energy.”
Their first video, “Revolutionary” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drFSi7S-Pqg), is already over 2.35 million views on YouTube, while the first single from the upcoming EP, “These Kids Nowadays” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gexcDs4fauE) got to over 300k in just 24 hours!
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Learn more about Faulkner in the following All Access interview with them here:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are more then half-way through 2016, what are some words you would use to describe it? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for the band?
Definitely inspiring. We’ve been working hard promoting our EP Revanchist and we’ve been working with YouTube Music to produce some very exciting content. So far the biggest highlight was our skyscraper helipad show we filmed in downtown LA presented by KCRWs Jason Bentley.
How did Faulkner first come together? Why do you think you all work well together? How did you come up with your band name?
We met in the LA music scene. We all have very unique backgrounds and share a lot of influences but I think what really makes this special is the blend of influences we don’t share but put in our music. Everyone knows exactly what to bring to the table and the process flows very easily. I think every member has a different version on how the band name came about.
In March, you released your debut EP, “Revanchist.” What was it like working with producers RZA, Mark Needham and JP Bowersock on it?
RZA, J.P and Mark all operate at a level of genius that is rare to find these days. J.P and Mark have an incredible ability to pick the right take and also pick the perfect tones for each track. RZA is a highly intelligent being who is able to blend philosophy and science in a very unique way and then apply it to music. It’s really mind blowing.
What was the inspiration for the collection’s first single, “These Kids Nowadays”?
“These Kids Nowadays” was the very first song we worked on as a band so it’s very special to us. It addresses the need for change and getting out of an oppressing situation.
When do you hope to release your debut full-length album? Are you working on it now?
We are working on some final additions to the album. Some last minute touches and we hope to release at the end of summer.