Interview: Classixx Look to Expand Horizons on Second Album
By Scott T. Sterling
The Classixx sound seems to stretch out over this entire earth.
The duo of Tyler Blake and Michael David invite a grip of styles and influences into their beachy disco. Many listeners looked to the band’s 2013 debut album, Hanging Garden, for old-school Daft Punk vibes missing from Random Access Memories, with songs like “Holding On” recalling Daft Punk’s Discovery-era side-chaining while subtly referencing 1980 Steve Winwood track, “While You See a Chance,” at the same time.
The album’s single “All You’re Waiting For” (featuring former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang on vocals) mined ’80s dance-pop for analog synths and sing-song melodies reminiscent of first album-era Madonna partying with Talking Heads spin-off band, Tom Tom Club.
Classixx also boast an extensive remix history, putting their own indelible stamp on tracks by a wide range of artists, including Lana Del Rey (“Blue Velvet“), Phoenix (“Lizstomania“), Major Lazer (“Cash Flow“) and Madonna herself (“Lucky Star“).
“When we started the Classixx thing, we were like, look at Basement Jaxx,” explained David during a recent Radio.com interview on the importance of collaboration. “They get to work with the best vocalists, and they’re not confined to one vocalist. That’s sort of where we’re at. We enjoy working with super-talented people.”
“We like to let people bring their talent to the whole thing,” chimed Blake. “A lot of the people on our record co-wrote the songs with us…we tried to get as many people that we like and respect involved, and then it almost feels like more personal, because part of it is our relationships with those people.”
While the duo recently finished a U.S. tour with Cut Copy, their attention will soon turn towards the band’s second studio album, which should find Classixx expanding the group’s already panoramic horizons.
“We don’t consciously think about that,” Blake said when asked what fans can expect from the band’s second album. “Like, ‘we’re gonna make another album, this thing has to be a techno record’ or something like that. I think we’re just going to make more music, and whatever that is, it will probably be the next record.”
Watch Classixx elaborate on remixes, potential “world vibes” on upcoming recordings and reveal their first music purchases in the video interview above.