Deal Casino will release a new album this November. The band took some time to talk to us about LLC, Spotify playlists, and more. Check out the interview below.
With LLC coming out in November, what has been your main focus during this album cycle?
We have really just been focusing on making sure the songs are sounding good for live shows and making as many music videos as possible before we leave for this tour in November. There are a lot more parts to play and remember than our music prior to this record so we have spent a fair amount of time coming up with ways to get all the sounds to come across properly live. We did a lot of experimenting in the studio, and everything we do on stage happens completely live, we don’t use any tracks or anything, so we’ve just been figuring out how to re-create the sounds.
Is the plan to stay independent or is the band looking to attract some attention from record labels?
Right now we are figuring out how to grow and sustain this band as much as possible before signing to a label. Obviously, it would be great to have help, but we don’t really care either way. Signing a record deal seems like it would be great if the label really believes in your vision and works with you on it, but if they don’t then it wouldn’t matter at all. If the situation comes along and it makes sense, then yeah, I guess we would consider something like that. If not, we just want to be able to write and record music and play it live. We write everything ourselves, we’ve got a great producer and engineer, a graphic designer who works with us on art, a great friend who is a brilliant photographer, a lighting designer, a crazy genius video director. They’re all in Asbury and they all do some of the same things a label would help with anyway, so we are a pretty self-sufficient operation at the moment.
“Happy People” made its way onto Spotify’s License to Chill playlist. What was your reaction when you found out?
We were really surprised and excited because getting on a playlist is the best way to get your music heard if you’re a band that no one really knows about, so we were more than thrilled to wake up one day and see our song on there. Spotify has been crazy supportive of us. We put out our first record and the song “Red Balloon” ended up on 3 huge playlists. That’s been a big deal for us. We’re extremely grateful for their support, and when you see your song on a playlist a lot of people listen to sandwiched between Foster the People and Tame Impala, it’s just humbling and kind of scary.
As a band from Asbury Park, NJ, do you feel really engrained in the local scene around there?
Asbury has an awesome music scene with a ton of really talented artists and when we first moved here, that was an essential part of us being able to play some shows right away. There are a dozen venues to perform at and even more bands to play with on the same bill so we definitely feel at home when we play among friends. We were really lucky to show up here at a time when this town was starting a renaissance. There’s so much happening here and it feels like a real community.
Do you have a favorite hometown venue to play?
There’s a bunch of amazing spots. We sold out the Stone Pony (the most legendary Asbury club) and House of Independents (one of the best new clubs) in the past two years, and we’ve played a lot of other great shows in great rooms. But I would say that Asbury Park Yacht Club is our favorite. It’s a really small bar that’s right on the boardwalk. The whole back wall is open so you can walk from the beach directly up to the bar. We have done several residencies there where we played sometimes twice a week every week for three months at a time so we have a ton of love for the staff and the venue itself. It’s just this little bar and we’ve just had so much fun doing these crazy sets there and it would be packed out. They also let you play as loud as you want!
What is the band currently doing to gear up for the release and the tour in November?
We have just been trying to get the songs and videos as prepared for a proper release, but other than that, we are literally broke because we have spent all of our money on road cases. We have never needed them before this tour, but we are having fun and feeling cool stenciling our band name on them.
Has the band started making plans for 2019 yet or are you taking it one day at a time right now?
We have already started writing songs and talking about where we want to make the next record with our producer, Erik Kase Romero. We’ve been playing these new songs for a while so naturally we are just trying to think of what’s next. Someone even mentioned a small string section so it’s already getting a little out of hand, but it should be interesting. In the near future, we’ll probably release some more stuff related to the new album early next year, and hopefully have a couple new songs out by next spring.
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