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?

ST: Wavves

BLAST: Which other acts are you hoping to see at CMJ?

ST: The Golden Filter, Tamaryn and Light Asylum

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