[LISTEN] Rising Artist: Misun
[Originally for DC Music Download on 18 December 2012]
Interviewed By: Elliott Wallace
Producer/DJ Andrew Wallace, better known as Nacey, has made a name for himself in the D.C. region with his hip-hop inspired tracks and remixes. But with his band, Misun (pronounced Mee-Sun) he says the trio, which includes guitarist William DeVon and singer Misun Wojcik, is more focused on making the pop music they love.
Wallace had been DJing music in the D.C. club scene for seven years, and was good friends with DeVon when he met Wojcik through a mutual friend.
“One night, I remember seeing her post something on Facebook that she had made in GarageBand, and I was just blown away,” he says.
After reaching out, they quickly began recording music for their first EP The Sea, and they clicked almost instantly.
“Whenever we get together, we pick out a few sounds and everybody’s giving their feedback,” Wallace says of the band’s writing and recording process. The trio’s tastes range from LCD Soundsystem to The Strokes and all music in-between. While recording, the band’s strong chemistry created an eccentric sound, which they dub Aquawave.
“We thought it was funny we got the label (Aquawave), but I think it fits,” Wallace admits. “I guess the combination of the lyrics about the sea, sampling actual ocean sounds and kind of a wavy/washed out quality of the instruments all contributed to that. We are all from Maryland, so going to the beach is something we’re used to.”
It’s hard to argue with results that work. The Sea, has garnered much attention since its release this July. The process came very naturally. “Most of the songs on the EP came together in an afternoon. We recorded them all in my bedroom on U Street,” he adds, saying that the trio built off of sounds and instruments they liked using GarageBand and Logic.
With the success of their new EP came shiny opportunities knocking at their door, including getting a spot at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon alongside acts like Ava Luna and The Kickdrums.
But the biggest lesson for the band came from playing live.
“Even a 30-minute set takes a lot of prep, and pretty much every time we’ve realized something to change for the next show,” Wallace says. “There’s a lot of ways you can perform electronic music, and we want to keep developing ours.”
Further buzz has been coming from DJs spinning their tracks in clubs and through remixes of their work. The remixes turned into a second EP for the band. “I feel like we are in a phase where people are rooting for us,” Wallace says, and the future is looking very positive for Misun.
In the meantime, the band has been focusing on its future in the studio, finishing up another EP, slated for the end of January, which will be more dance and club focused. Wallace also says that the band has talked about their first full-length album and expanding their head-count for future live shows.
As for dream collaborations? Wallace says he would love to work with acts like Grimes or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
“I know Misun would say the lead singer from The Strokes, she’s got a crush on him”.
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