Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Real names:

Michael (My) Young

Bryan Manzo

Jarrod Arbini

Patrick Partington

Childhood experience:

Our earliest memories are falling out of the sky with our guitars, drums, amps, synths, and cymbals—extremely painful on impact.

(Actually, we grew up in U.S. suburbs and towns in Colorado, West Virginia, Texas, and Washington.)

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Michael and Bryan started a prog band in Austin, Texas in the late-1990s called Maximum Coherence During Flying—music with a Pink Floyd vibe.

Around the same time, Jarrod and Patrick formed a pop “Cardigans-esque” band in Seattle called The Cinematics. After those two groups folded, Michael, Bryan, and Patrick formed a new wave/electronic band with the bass player from The Cinematics. The band was called Pleasurecraft, and it lasted through three albums and four years of excessive drinking.

When Pleasurecraft disbanded, we formed Jupe Jupe—keeping some of the electropop elements intact, but adding a darker, spacier, post-punk feel.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

 Our genre tends to be an amalgamation of post-punk, synthpop, electropop, and new wave.

 “Faith in What You Hear” is a song about the unseen danger of blind trust. We wanted to convey the message that the words we want to hear can often cause the most pain. Musically we wanted to lay this melancholy on a pulsing dance feel. We’ve always enjoyed music and vocals that are a bit mismatched in that way.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Ups and downs are constant. But ultimately, we feel that a band needs to enjoy what it does, and make a full commitment to itself and its music. We write and record the music we like—not what we think other people expect.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

We spent over two years crafting each song on “Lonely Creatures” before joining producer Matt Bayles at Red Room Studios in Seattle, Washington. A former member of Minus the Bear, Bayles has produced and mixed a number of seminal albums by Botch, Mastodon, Murder City Devils, Minus the Bear, Russian Circles, These Arms are Snakes, The Blood Brothers, and many more. The album was mastered by the supremely talented Ed Brooks of Resonant Mastering, and the vinyl was mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering.

The “Faith in What You Hear” video was directed by Erik Foster of the Seattle band, Dirty Sidewalks. He wanted to produce a performance video that captured the moody feel of the song. Black and white seemed to suit it best.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

 The band was started in 2010 by My and Bryan. Since then, we’ve released four albums independently, along with a remix album, “Cut-Up Kisses”—teaming up with a variety of renowned artists/producers including Lusine, Mike Simonetti, Rick G. Nelson (Afghan Whigs), Erik Blood, Head Like a Kite, and others.

Our future goal is to have our music heard by as many people as possible!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Too many things to mention—mainly just the enjoyment of songwriting, performing, and the challenge of making our albums better each time. We always discover new musical elements and sounds we want to incorporate into our songs.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

We’re still trying to discover that secret!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

First of all—thank you so much!

Second—our new album is the first one we’ve made available on vinyl, so grab a copy today!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

 Don’t get discouraged. If possible, hire a manager, a friend, or a PR company to help get the word out. See and meet a lot of bands. Get to know club bookers. Be sure to send your songs to blogs—to help you build a following organically. And always make an effort to constantly improve your songs.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

 A few highlights—writing and recording several albums we’re extremely proud of, receiving heavy college airplay throughout the U.S. and Canada, meeting and hearing from fans throughout the world, playing in Austin (Texas) during South by Southwest, and traveling to New York to play the CMJ Music Festival in 2014.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Some blogs that are featuring our newest songs or video:

Northwest Music Scene

Atwood Magazine

Electrozombies

Indie Music Nation

Mix It All Up

NoisyRoad

AT Radio

Electric North

Vanyaland

New Noise Magazine

Northern Transmissions

Darkscene

Pure Grain Audio

We Love that Sound

Broadtube Music Channel

Serbachart

To these and others—we can’t thank you enough for sharing our music!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

 It can vary, but usually My and Bryan start by composing a vocal melody and then developing the song structure around that. We then all come in to experiment with different sounds and rhythms. After the music is complete, we get together to discuss subject matter and start slowly piecing together the verses and choruses. Time consuming, but the effort usually pays off!

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Too many to mention. But a few are:

The Cure

Roy Orbison

Kraftwerk

OMD

Queen

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We have collaborated with Lusine, Erik Blood, David Head Kite, Mike Simonetti, Rick G. Nelson, Hanssen, Cheebacabra, Waco Girls, and OC Notes.

We’d love to collaborate with any of the artists;

The Cure
Kraftwerk
Roy Orbison
OMD
Queen

(unfortunately we can’t with Roy Orbison or Freddie Mercury), but it would also be amazing to work with Perfume Genius, Tame Impala, Giorgio Moroder, Jeff Lynne, Royksopp, and countless others.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.jupejupemusic.com

www.facebook.com/jupejupemusic

www.twitter.com/jupejupemusic

www.instraram.com/jupejupemusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Creatures-Jupe/dp/B071KDPNLZ

Bandcamp:

https://jupejupemusic.bandcamp.com/album/lonely-creatures

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/1We0j77dRrcGvghUhbkW06

CD Baby:

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/JupeJupe

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

 Happiest day:

Finishing the new album!

Saddest day:

The election of Trump.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Touring the world—and of course, writing and recording!


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