By: Liv Hauck
The Boston electronica band Hot Pink Delorean effortlessly seduces the listener into shakin’ her hips until dawn with ferociously pulsating beats, captivating hooks, and dexterous vocals (highlighted on the track “Get It Girl”). Chris and Jon of Hot Pink Delorean answered my questions via email from Miami.
Recommended songs to download: “Get It Girl”, “Field Agent”, and “Party Favor”
Liv: Are you named after the Northern Irish sports car? If so, why?
Chris: When we started the group we were producing drum and bass under the name Terravita. Our release schedule got backed up and Jon and I were going to electro parties around Boston for fun. Our good friend TJ aka Fantastadon convinced us to make some electro tunes and we did it as kind of a joke. Then a few big electro blogs like Discodust wanted to post the tunes, so we had to come up with a name. We figured we wanted something that pays tribute to the past while letting us explore the future. The only thing that lets you do that is a Delorean (like Back to the Future). We couldn't just be a normal Delorean, so we asked ourselves, "Whats the most ridiculous color a Delorean could be? Hot Pink" Therefore: Hot Pink Delorean.
Liv: What piece of music, song, band, social movement, etc. inspired you to first create music? First musical obsession?
Chris: I grew up playing in punk, hardcore, and metal, and only got into electronic stuff when I was between 16 and 18. I used to love bands like Pantera and Guns n' Roses.
Jon: Since I am the vocalist, I come from Hiphop. My first musical obsession was Rakim.
Chris: Matt [the third member of the band] isn't here in Miami with us because he is playing our drum and bass act out in SoCal right now, but he would say grunge. He is really into Sound Garden and Alice in Chains.
Liv: What's your lyrical/song writing process and inspiration?
Chris: We do so much remix work that we really have to go by what the original artist did and make something out of it that is distinctly Hot Pink Delorean but also keeps the label happy. When we do original tunes it usually starts in the computer with either a hook or a riff and then evolves from there.
Liv: What's your favorite city to play? Favorite live moment?
Jon: It's a toss up. Several places in Europe are great to us, like Edinburgh and Stockholm. But we love rocking our hometown crowd here in Boston. The people get rowdy at our party Sweat. Watch these links from us playing our party earlier this month:
Liv: What are your top five most played songs on your iTunes?
Jon: I listen to a lot of radio believe it or not. So anything by Lil Wayne, The Dream, T Pain, or Akon.
Chris: I honestly don't listen to that much music in my free time because I am always either working or working on something having to do with our own music. I usually end up listening to the radio (I have a weakness for current R&B), or just a recording of DJ mix shows from the UK, like the Essential Mix on BBC1. I do still find the time to rock out to some metal every once in a while though.
Liv: If you all weren't in a band, what would you be doing with your time?
Chris: I would probably be working some boring corporate job, but I would play Lacrosse and snowboard a lot more than I can right now.
Jon: Things wouldn't be much different. I would still spend most of my time playing World of Warcraft.
Chris: Honestly we have all been doing music for such a long time I don't think any of the three of us can have a clear idea of what life would be like without our music.
Liv: What's your favorite drinking game?
Chris: Our job is pretty much one huge drinking game.
Liv: What musician or band would you most love to collaborate with?
Chris & Jon listing together: Outkast, Justin Timberlake, T Pain, Lil Wayne, Method Man, Red Man, Missy Elliot... Theres a ton more.