My Favorite Robot - Interview
My Favorite Robot is a trio from Canada (Toronto and Montreal) and a record label. Their last LP “Atomic Age" was out 3 months ago A little interview with Voytek, the lead singer.
Music by Marina : How did you meet each other?
My Favorite Robot : Jared and I met about 9 years ago at one of his famous loft parties. We noticed that we had a similar style of music or at least 2 styles that complimented each other and so we started doing parties together and the rest is blurry.
MbM : How did you decide to create My Favorite Robot?
MFR : We started MFR to get some local gigs in Montreal just for fun, never thinking that it would ever turn into a robot movement lol. That only happened once Jared moved to Toronto and met Jonny, Nitin, Teej and Kenny… and the rest is blurry
MbM : You live in differents cities, how you work together?
MFR : We tend to send the sessions between Montreal and Toronto. Once in a while we all end up in the same city so we can get into the studio all together but mostly it’s become second nature just sending sessions back and forth. God bless technology.
MbM : My favorite Robot is a record label too, why your LP is released on n°19?
MFR : Jonny (from Art Department) & Nitin have been there since day one of our label and we’re all pretty much family so it just felt right to put out what we consider our best work on our buddies’ label. We wanted the album to be released with people who believed in us and so the choice was easy.
MbM : How was your collaboration with Chloe? Did you know her personally?
MFR : Chloe did some remixes for us from day one and she’s someone we always wanted to work with when we began the project. She’s one of those artists that we followed closely even before MFR began so it’s a pleasure to be able to collab with her now.
MbM : You worked on your LP with Clayton Steele, who is he?
MFR : Clayton Steele is also a part of our tight crew. He’s living in Florida at the moment but he’s originally from Canada and a good friend. He has a bunch of killer material coming on No.19 in the coming months.
MbM : How is the club scene in Toronto and Montreal?
MFR : Both cities have a thriving scene but Toronto’s scene has definitely boomed more in recent years with so many artists making onto the international scene. We’re very honored to represent both cities internationally.
MbM : You’re on the other side of the Atantic, but a french, Tim Paris, has released his (excellent) LP on your label. How do you find the electro scene here?
MFR : We’ve always loved playing in France. From Rex to Showcase to Nouveau Casino we’ve always found the vibe to be great and the crowds very knowledgeable. France has supported us from the early beginnings so it definitely has a special place in our mechanical hearts.
MbM : What is your personal background?
MFR : We all come from the band side of music as we grew up listening to bands like The Cure, Massive Attack, Joy Division, Velvet Underground, Radiohead etc before and during getting into electronica… so the reason we work so well together is probably due to that approach. Our influences are very similar so we tend to feed off of one another very well in the writing process.
MbM : What are you listening to these days?
MFR : These days we’re all very into nails on a blackboard, Italians arguing and of course anything with lots of bongos.
MbM : An artist you want to make us discover?
MFR : Clayton Steele would definitely be a fellow canadian everyone should keep their eye on. He’s got some great music already out and plenty of future releases that are simply awesome. Most of you have already heard of Vosper most likely but those guys are also putting out some great music these days and are good friends so definitely worth a check.
MbM : What are your projects?
MFR : Right now we are focused on the tour for Atomic Age and we will soon release a very special video for one of the tracks ” Sharpest Tongue “. Next project would be a new MFR EP and the next album which will be built to be a live performance oriented piece. Stay tuned!!