NEW YORK — The first artist we caught up with at the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon was Brooklyn’s own ArpLine, who will be appearing at the High Rise/PopJustice showcase Wednesday night. The group’s energetic electro-rock seems like the perfect recipe for the first half of what’s sure to be a hectic week.
Lead singer Sam Tyndall took a break from CMJ prep to respond to Blast’s artist Q&A.
BLAST: Describe your sound in 10 words or less.
SAM TYNDALL: Psychedelic industrial.
BLAST: Which three artists are your biggest influences?
ST: David Bowie, Harmonia, & Wire
BLAST: What’s your favorite album of 2010 so far?
ST: Light Asylum’s In Tension
BLAST: If you were going to spend the rest of your life on a desert island, which three albums would you bring with you?
ST: David Bowie, “Scary Monsters”; Nine Inch Nails, “The Downward Spiral”; and the “Bladerunner” soundtrack.
BLAST: Name a song you wish you’d written.
ST: New Order’s “Your Silent Face”
BLAST: Name something non-musical that has inspired your songwriting.
ST: Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”
BLAST: What was your first concert?
ST: New Kids On The Block
BLAST: What’s the number one thing you can’t live without on the road?
ST: Friendship! And drugs.
BLAST: If you could ban one artist from ever making music again (or ever having made music), who would it be?
BLAST: Which other acts are you hoping to see at CMJ?
ST: The Golden Filter, Tamaryn and Light Asylum