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rBeatz Exclusive Interview with Secret Weapons

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Secret Weapons are a full band born and bread in New York City. They recently released their new single, Ghost, a funky electro-pop track that charted in Hypem’s popular charts and was released off of Epic Records (a sub-label of Sony). The sax is prominent in this one, which if you read us often, you KNOW this is one of my Achilles’ heals.
The Brooklyn-bred duo burst on the scene with their single, Something New, which amassed over 4 million listens on Spotify. If you have a chance to see them live, do so. They apparently throw a fairly rowdy show.
We had the pleasure of interviewing the alt-pop tandem below. You know the drill, click the Soundcloud embed below to listen to their new single, Ghost, and read the full interview below for the FULL Secret Weapons experience.

INTERVIEW:

Where does the name Secret Weapons come from?

We worked on music all night while holding down normal day jobs. The music was our secret weapon…

Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?

We’re from New York, born and raised, and that has a tremendous impact on our music. We don’t live in the production/writing capital of the world (LA). So much of what we do is inspired by the sights and sounds of this city, and the fact that we’re sort of on our own little bubble here.

What instruments did you play when you were younger?

Danny grew up as a classical violinist, and both of our main instruments now are guitar. We can fake our way through a bunch of other things too.

Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?

Keys….desperately…

Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?

We sort of naturally progressed from writing as a band with our old group to the computer. We used garage band to make demos and it all very slowly but surely evolved from there.

What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest single, Ghost?

The day we first wrote it was pretty exhilarating. This insane sax riff just came out of no-where and got us so hyped up. It was an incredible moment.

What festival are you looking forward to the most this year?

We’re not doing any other festivals for the rest of the year, but we just played Firefly and it was an amazing experience.

What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?

Honestly, I don’t know any more. We both like to walk. We go for insanely long walks in the city where we listed to music, call friends, and just get out of our heads for a little while.

Who are your musical influences?

Everyone and everything. Way too many to name in some sort of cohesive list. Big ones are Queen, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Coldplay on and on. Gerry is obsessed with house music. Danny is obsessed a lot more with rock.

What DAW do you use and why?

We use logic. It’s the first thing we went o after garage band and we haven’t really had much of a reason to switch yet.

Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?

Gerry often creates a little instrument loop that can potentially turn into the basis of an entire song. The production process is pretty produce-as-we-go.  We’re constantly building the track as we’re building the song. Some times the track will inspire the song and other times the opposite. There really isn’t one constant process for us.

What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?

We keep it old school with a straight-up midi keyboard, nothing fancy but we’d love to explore writing on our maschine or some other controller, we haven’t yet.

What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?

We use a lot of camel phat.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

We don’t look at the past as accomplishments because we feel like they’re all just stepping stones to something greater. But a favorite moment for sure was playing to 20,000 people at a raceway one time. that was surreal.

Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?

Yea – work constantly. Produce constantly. The only was to get better is with time. Nothing can replace time.

What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?

Webster Hall in NYC. It’s this insane place with so much grit and NYC charm that is unmatched. Unfortunately it’s closing very soon and the old Webster as we know it will be gone forever. We’ve had some of the craziest shows there. We’ve seen some of the craziest shows there. Overall, the most wild nights of our lives, teens to present have been in that place. There’s no other venue with three levels where you can just run around like a mad man getting into all sorts of chaos. Webster we will miss you.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What food do you eat the most?

Almonds.

Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?

Also almonds.

What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Twitter. It feels the most real and we can interact the most on it.

What is next for Secret Weapons?

We’re releasing another single called Comeback Season on July 21. Then we will be putting out our debut full length album.

Chris Stack

Chris Stack is one of the founding members of rBeatz. After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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