I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
Drum and bass music is a little strange. Here in the US of A, it’s not really big (at least, not like it is in Europe). That being said, every few years, a movie will come out with a largely drum and bass soundtrack and people will just be talking about how awesome the music is (think “the Matrix,” “Mortal Kombat,” or “Blade’).
How the Qemists got their start is quite interesting. They were a rock band during the day and at night, they dj-ed at drum and bass clubs. The two styles eventually fused together forming a really cool sound. Here’s how they describe themselves on their own website:
“Sometimes, it’s easier to describe The Qemists by saying what we’re not,” laughs Liam Black. “We’re not a ‘standard’ Rock band, we’re not ‘standard’ Drum & Bass producers, and we don’t try to be those things. But describing what we are, that’s more tricky…”
…The Qemists sound like the sort of music The Qemists want to hear, and their ears are too adventurous to heed petty generic borders. “The younger members of our audience know its okay to be into all different kinds of music, that you don’t have to limit yourself in your creativity,” says Liam. “Yeah, we’re a band; no, we don’t have a lead singer; yes, we do have singers on some tracks; yes, we do DJ; and yes, we play live. It’s okay to be this new cross-breed, to do what you want; it’s the way forward, creatively. And I don’t see how anyone else does it any other way, to be honest. It would be terrible, we could never limit ourselves like that.”
The song that they let me use for this film was also used in the film “Jumper.” For the past 15 years, I lived by the mantra “…if it’s good enough for Mark Wahlberg, it’s good enough for me.”
I don’t know why drum and bass isn’t big in the United States. I listen to this band and, to me, I think I’d like to hear more of this band. Can’t we make some sort of compromise with all the popular radio programmers in America? Give us 90% less of Kesha or people who sounds like Kesha and just put good music in those spots instead? Don’t we all win?
If you are at all interested in the Qemists, you can find information about them and find their music all over the world wide web. First stop is obviously their official website. There, you can find tour dates (sorry, Europe only right now), merchandise, music, videos, and much more. You can also check out their MySpace page, Facebook page, and Twitter page. You can also check out the home of their record label Ninja Tune Records. Obviously, the easiest place to find and buy their music is iTunes or wherever fine music is sold.
Check out this live video of the Qemists singing “Stompbox” (not the song that’s featured in “For Three,” but still a good song nonetheless.) Take notice of how many people are in the crowd cheering them on here and you’ll see how honored I was to get these guys in my film.This entry was posted in Blog by brent and comments are closed.