Interview: Sleepover

Sleepover is a collaboration between the artists Charlie Astro and Miranda Rae, coming out of a small independent label called Circuitree Records. Their first EP The Sun was released at the end of last year and I was a fan as soon as I heard it. Harnessing the magic of conference calling I chatted transglobally to Astro, Miranda, and label boss and fellow musician Paul Gaeta, aka Panther God about perfect imperfections, transferring their record to the stage, their remix competition and a heap more…

Oh Drat: Hi everyone – so, who have we got and where?!

Charlie Astro: I’m Charlie Astro, I’m from Miami and I’m currently in London….

Miranda Rae: I’m Miranda Rae, I’m from Minnesota originally but right now I’m in Chicago…

Panther God: I’m Paul, I go by Panther God musically and I also run Circuitree Records out of Ashville North Carolina.

OD: How about you guys start off by telling me how you came to become Sleepover?

CA: Okay, well… I met Miranda a few years ago when she came on a road trip with some friends of mine from Chicago to Miami

MR: Yeah, Spring break!

CA: Yeah, and I dunno, we just met and were like ‘we should collaborate one day’ and I guess it never really happened, and then in 2010 I moved to Chigago in the Summer and went to one of her solo gigs there, and we just met up and said ‘hey let’s make music!’… the next day I went over with my recording equipment and we set up a little makeshift studio in her basement and got to it.

MR: Yeah, it all happened in the basement of this apartment in Chicago!

CA: The entire album was recorded in that basement…

OD: Ah, so did you do it all in one trip, or…

CA: No no no, it was made over the course of perhaps a month and a half, two months.

“we both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained”

OD: And is it your different tastes coming together that make Sleepover what it is, or is it your similarities that gel?

CA: Um, we’d say both, I mean we definitely come from different backgrounds, musically, and we both have different interpretations, but we also have a lot of similar interpretations and the beauty is how we can sync all that together into this beautiful mixture of sound, and… magic!

MR: Yeah, I think it was really strong in the fact that we both came from different backgrounds in terms of music tastes, I know over the summer Charlie was showing me a lot of artists that I’m now obsessed with, I never listened to anyone like Four Tet or Flying Lotus, until we went to a concert in the park last summer which was so cool.

CA: We both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained – I took piano lessons for years, I’m actually a composition student, I was studying composition at the New World School of the Arts Miami, and Miranda has her degree from Columbia College in Chicago in Musical Theatre, right?

MR: Yep, I just graduated there, so we both definitely have… serious training, I suppose if you wanna call it!

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Exclusive: Advance Download of Next Sleepover EP Track

I recently interviewed Sleepover and their manager Paul Gaeta (aka fellow musician Panther God). Published next week, the guys touch on a variety of subjects including influences and directions for forthcoming work – it all sounded really exciting. Still, I don’t let myself get too worked up in anticipation for a group’s next EP when their current one is still so… current.

‘Fucking Evil’ retains the dust and noise that was so great about The Sun, but goes darker. Much darker

Until Paul sent me this. An exclusive, unreleased look into the future, Fucking Evil retains the dust and noise that was so great about The Sun, but goes darker. Much darker. Charlie Astro mentioned his new found love for uk garage, and the influence is clear in the skippy drum rhythm and gigantic sub bass. Mae’s vocals are more haunting than ever, the overall effect an expedition into a trip hop cum future garage domain and a scintillating glimpse at what’s next for Sleepover.

Don’t forget the Sleepover Remix Competition, which you have until the 23rd of February to enter, either.

Sleepover – Fucking Evil by Oh Drat

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