Thanks to, Christopher and Daniel of Data Recovery Project, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!
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FROM TODAY'S SHOW
- November 8, 2016, by Two Dragons and a Cheetah (Rock, Alt Rock)
- We're Coming For You, by Data Recovery Project (Techno)
- Dawn, by Rorie (Pop, Singer-songwriter)
- The Record, by Doublemotorcycle (Hard Rock, Pop)
- Selfless and Undyed,by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)
- Good Day, by Yellowtieguy (Rock, Indie Rock)
DANCING IN A CAR VIDEO CONTEST
!!Submission Deadline 11/25!!
Shoutout to Chip Py for the video submitted dancing to Rare Essence in his car! Love it!
Car Dance Party playlist link: https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/4j84nMTEEXUB0tWIQu83Yn
SHIRTS - Just released Long Sleeve Shirts as well! DC Music Rocks T-shirt’s are up on our website and available through Amazon, they make a great gift idea for your musician friends and family for the holidays! Men’s, Women’s, and Youth sizes available for short sleeves!
Our ‘2017 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
Two Dragons and A Cheetah - November 8, 2016
"November 8, 2016," a protest song inspired by band member Maryjo Mattea's emotions and experiences following the election, is a cathartic expression of anger as well as a call to action. It reflects the somber mood that blanketed the DC area in the days and weeks following election night and gives voice to the plights of the oppressed. The song is accompanied by a powerful video produced and directed by Stephanie Sapienza and shot by Casey McAdams.
Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE
Nov 17 Fri
The Sidleys @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda MD
Vim & Vigor @ World of Beer in Ashburn, VA
Turtle Recall @ The Ugly Mug in Eastern Market in SE DC
Nov 18 Sat
By & By and Jonny Grave at Solly’s Tavern on U St in DC
Pebble To Pearl at The Hamilton by Metro Center in NW DC
Nov 19 Sun
Humble Fire at The Blact Cat on 14th St in NW DC
Nov 22 Wed
Hayley Fahey & Higher Education at Looney’s in College Park MD
Would you support us? We'd love to grow and do more! We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more! We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc. We want to continue to pay it forward!
HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons!
--Daniel Warren Hill --David Mohl
Data Recovery Project
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Data Recovery Project is a Synth/Pop Electronic band that explores dark subject matter in a way that incorporates dance beats. Data Recovery Project pays homage to a variety of genres included in electronic music and its sub-genres, but also plays on the inner explorations of the subject matter.
Data Recovery Project consists of C.P. Kush, a DC songwriter and electronic music producer, and Daniel Warren Hill, producer and backing vocalist, and front man for Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy.
Official Website URL: www.datarecoveryproject.com
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/datarecovprojct/
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27aC4AOTOGtXS2zZ1SHndU
Other Links: Twitter: @DataRecovProjct
Brian: On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene.
Now, Data Recovery Project is a synth-pop-electronic band that explores dark subject matter in a way that incorporates dance beats. Data Recovery Project pays homage to a variety of genres, including the electronic music and its sub-genres, but also plays on the inner explorations of the subject matter. It's music and topic together and you get Data Recovery Project. Thanks for being here, guys.
Christopher: Thank you. It's good to be here.
Brian: This is a treat. Now, talk about ... For those, how did the band come together and where did Data Recovery Project come from?
Christopher: How to start it? Well, anyone who's familiar with the KLF ... Anyone who's familiar with the KLF, they had this great song called "Justified Mansion" in the '90s.
Brian: Oh, okay.
Christopher: They wrote a book that you can pay a lot of money for, that I paid a lot of money for. They wrote this book called "How to Have a Number One Single." I bought it-
Christopher: Because I love that song so much. I thought, "God, I wonder if this really works."
One of the first things about having a number one single, you have to rent studio time and get somebody in there who will give you a bassline. This is literally how it all starts. I actually-
Christopher: I did that, kind of.
Christopher: Here, in DC. I started working with somebody else until I ran into Daniel. Then I had my beats and I had my machines. I asked Daniel to come along and help with not just the songwriting and the vocals but also the production.
Christopher: So that DRP could get going.
Daniel: Christopher is just an excellent storyteller, songwriter. If you're following along with it, he really weaves the dark subject matter into really upbeat, dance-y grooves. One of the things that I really loved about working with it is, coming from a background where there's more traditional song structures, like verse, and chorus, and bridge, he incorporates all of those elements.
You're not just listening to the same kick, snare, kick, snare, like, "Here's some spacey effects to make you follow a simple note," you know? The song actually does evolve and progress and want to take you somewhere, lyrically, in addition to all of these really cool space effects, you know?
Daniel: That's one of the things I like the most.
Brian: I love the way that it comes together.
Christopher: We are heavily invested in special effects because, if we're being honest ... A lot of songwriters will have that core ... You know, they'll have that guitar and they'll have that core song.
Brian: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Christopher: For me, the produce music and all those special treat ear candy things are, for a music fan, that's as much a part of the show.
Christopher: To the point that when I see a band live and they don't take care of their little production sound effects, that drives me crazy.
Data Recovery Project sounds big and it has a lot of that going on, a lot of those sounds. We try to make it a maximalist kind of music, rather than a thin, electronic music.
Daniel: It's definitely very produced and there is a lot of stuff going on. It's the kind of song where, if you think of your favorite artist and you've heard the song a million times, and this time you're using a new pair of headphones, and you hear something in the background that you've never heard before, and you've heard the song 100, 1,000 times.
Daniel: That's definitely what will happen, the longer that you listen to Data Recovery Project stuff. You'll just hear this little trill somewhere or a different sound effect that came out of nowhere. It'll just surprise you.
Brian: Where does the name come from?
Christopher: The name came from
Daniel: It was meant to troll companies, right? True story.
Christopher: Yeah, we thought it would be a great search engine. We thought those were the people who would like us. You know, it comes from-
Brian: How's that doing? Is that working for you?
Christopher: We don't know, but you certainly get a lot of things when you type it in the internet.
Christopher: Some of the stuff that it's built around ... You know, in electronic music, there was this time of high-energy music, which really had these basslines that were ... They used to be done with octaves. Anyway, they were these basslines that were awesome, and they were loud, and they were electronic.
Part of what we were doing was looking back. When we started, I thought we might do a whole lot of covers. It turns out we had stuff to say about what's going on now.
Brian: Yeah, mm-hmm (affirmative).
Christopher: I don't know what to say. We're sort of looking backwards but then we're sort of futuristic. We're just happy that we're finding a place where we can do this. We don't quite fit into a pre-cut genre.
Brian: In the name, you just were inspired by?
Christopher: It was sort of talking about the electronic nature, and that we were going to be reaching back.
Brian: Okay, I see.
Christopher: Then the subject matter, which Daniel said, we wanted to signal that we weren't going to do all of our songs about, you know, getting lucky on the dance floor. All those times, we're going to be on the dance floor, but we wanted to go wider.
Christopher: We just wanted to have something that evoked the subject matter would go all over the place, you know?
Brian: That's cool. I love it. Fantastic. What part of the region are you guys? The DC region?
Christopher: I am from DC, northwest DC.
Brian: Oh, I just realized, you said, "I." Introduce yourself too.
Brian: Who are you? They can only hear you if they're listening.
Christopher: I am Christopher with Data Recovery Project.
Christopher: Daniel to my left.
Daniel: Hi, Christopher to my right.
Christopher: Daniel's from?
Daniel: I'm in Waldorf, Maryland.
Daniel: Which is part of our live tremors joke bit, actually.
Brian: You're from? Say it again. You're from which part?
Christopher: I'm from northwest Washington DC.
Brian: From the northwest DC. Fantastic. Now, you brought up the live tremors, so let's talk about that too.
Brian: What is that?
Christopher: Well, music videos ... You know, three minutes of video sounds easy, but when DRP was starting, we did a couple music videos, but they were long, they were expensive, and there's great, great videos out there. We decided Daniel and I would do something faster and simpler. We released these live tremors videos. They're about 30 second comedy videos and they're little shorts of us breaking in, playing our first gigs, fighting in the studio. They're all based on true things.
Brian: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Daniel: Not necessarily things that have actually occurred to us negatively, or anything. We're just taking some of those moments that everybody seems to have when they're a performer and they're out and about, trying to be performers.
Daniel: You run into these similar kinds of scenarios over [crsstalk 00:07:06]
Brian: It's a YouTube series? What is it?
Christopher: It's a YouTube series.
Christopher: We just sent away our musical DNA and got it back from 23andMe.
Daniel: The swab [crosstalk 00:07:17] your results.
Christopher: We were able to see what our musical DNA was.
Brian: Oh, fantastic.
Christopher: Daniel, we discovered, had some Red Hot Chili Peppers, and he had some Oasis, and he had a lot of Good Charlotte.
Daniel: Because I'm from Waldorf.
Christopher: I had Erasure and Nine Inch Nails, of course, if you listen to the songs.
Brian: Got it.
Christopher: That was it, right?
Daniel: Oh no, what was the other one?
Christopher: I don't want to say it. You have to watch live tremors. It was too humiliating.
Brian: You've got to check out live tremors to hear what that other piece of DNA is. I love it.
Daniel: It's just a segment that goes on the Data Recovery Project YouTube channel. If you find the Data Recovery Project YouTube channel, you'll find the live tremors.
Brian: See the live tremors videos, all right. In for a good laugh, I love it.
Talk about you guys outside of music now. Hobbies on the side? What do you do in your personal time?
Christopher: Well, in my personal time, I'm making music.
Brian: Ah, fair. Yeah.
Christopher: In the rest of my life, I divide my time between Washington, DC and Florida.
Christopher: I kind of am traveling around. In a previous life, I owned a bookstore.
Christopher: I've done work in Washington, DC in government relations kind of stuff. Yeah, so-
Daniel: Creative writing.
Christopher: Oh, that's right. I've written some books. Yeah. All that's in the misty past. Now, I'm full on music. Actually, I came to music as a fan.
Christopher: It was the most surprising thing when I discovered that we could write songs. I mean, that was such a shock.
Brian: How long ago was that?
Christopher: That was three years ago.
Brian: Wow! All this came in the last three years?
Christopher: Yeah. I couldn't play an instrument. Some people did ... Daniel ... Some people say I still can't, since it's all electronic.
Christopher: Yeah, that was just loving the music and then hearing it slip away and wanting to hold on to some pieces of things that I liked. It's really been the last three years that I've learned how to do it. Now, I'm obsessed and wondering why I-
Daniel: He's sold. He's in.
Christopher: Didn't do this when I was like 12.
Brian: That's amazing. I love that you found it. Really cool.
I've got time for one more question, and it's my favorite question to ask, which is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Christopher: To aspiring musicians?
Brian: You get to answer however you'd like.
Christopher: My piece of advice is ... My big thing is to have flavor. When I hear bands, there's bands that are trying to hear something that they think will be commercial and then do it, and do it correctly, and do it perfectly. That's not my thing. I love point of view and I love flavor. When I say flavor, I love an artist that has their own voice, that has their own way to sing, their own use of words. I think that really shows up. It's harder to get people on the dance floor when they don't know your songs, but it's much more lasting. My advice is to try your hardest to find out what your unique sound is. It's going to feel, in a way, like maybe that's not the commercially thing you could be doing but-
Brian: Got it. Good stuff, guys. One more time, for those folks who want to find out more about Data Recovery Project, where do they go?
Christopher: They can go to DataRecoveryProject.com, they can like us on Facebook, they can follow us on Twitter and on Instagram.
Brian: Do you have a favorite of those? Which one are you more active on?
Daniel: Christopher's on Facebook.
Christopher: I sort of do the Facebook thing, but you can find us on Spotify and iTunes.
Brian: Of course.
Christopher: We're releasing an EP every month.
Brian: Yeah. That's right! Once a month.
Christopher: Yeah, with our own remixes every month. We've got a new song to jam to.
Daniel: Four or five tracks. There's an acoustic version, an instrumental version for "We Are Coming For You." We did a radio-friendly version and a sitting in your car, yelling out the window version.
Brian: Hell yeah! I love it. A yelling out your window ... Yelling out your car window version. I feel like that was almost like a really funny DJ name is like, "This is the remix by the Yelling Out Your Car."