Thursday, December 17

Center Stage - Bad Wave

Our latest Center Stage band Bad Wave has been making quite the splash in the indie-synth world and among Jango listeners worldwide. Their vibey sound and memorable melodies, reminiscent of Phoenix and Foster the People, take us on a trip in the clouds, around the sun, and back to a warm summer day on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Get to know the duo, and what they've got cooking for their promising music career. 

Bad Wave is the electro-pop duo of Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart. Starting as a side project of two members of L.A. surf-rock outfit Nicky Blitz, Patrick passed along some electro beats that Tucker penned catchy melodies to, and Bad Wave was born. Bad Wave's new single, "Runaway," will come out in early 2016 on 10K Islands.

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence.
Lazers! Intergalactic apple pie in a jacuzzi, also lazerz. (two sentences)

What inspires you to make music?
Tucker: The fire burning inside me. 
Patrick: It's less about inspiration, and more about the difficulty not making music.

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
New technology! We can be on opposite sides of the city of Los Angeles (like being in different countries) and still collaborate on music together. It's so easy now that there are no excuses.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a musician?

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
Tucker: Bobby Darin, live at the Copacabana. 
Patrick: Amon Tobin, ISAM

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
Nicky Blitz, who brought us together. Green Day, who taught us to keep it punk, even when you're in an indie-electro band. Weezer, obviously.

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
Our new single Runaway comes out in January, with a video Tucker directed.

What is your ideal or target audience?
Fans of retrofuturism.

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process.
Tucker checks his email, finds a new track from Patrick, finds a quiet place and thinks for a few days. Patrick then checks his email, finds fresh vocal recordings from Tucker, assembles and ships. Infrequently, we complain about each other's work and revise. Occasionally we just record a Green Day cover (coming!).

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
New technology to reach new fans!

Bad Wave originates from the Chilean phrase “Mala Onda”