Twintapes


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Twintapes is an electro-pop trio based in Brooklyn, New York. The Band performs live with no laptops or pre-recorded tracks. Their unique sound is an intense compilation of up-tempo beats, warm and silky synth sounds, soul swimming vocals and simple, yet stirring melodies.

Pavel, the band’s creator, singer and composer ...

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Electronica/Dance | Pop

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Publicist
Garrett Baker
812-339-1816

Current News

  • 07/29/201409/10/2014

Brooklyn-based Electro-pop Band Twintapes Announce New Single, Synesthesia

"I wrote “Synesthesia” late one night with my headphones on because I didn’t want to disturb my neighbors. I was feeling really inspired by Aphex Twin’s “Selected Ambient Works 85–92”. For this same reason I also didn’t sing on it. This is the first time I have considered releasing an instrumental track, although I have made a few of them, and have been told multiple times by friends and fellow musicians that I should consider releasing an...

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09/10/2014, Single Release, "Synesthesia Single"
07/29/201409/10/2014, Brooklyn-based Electro-pop Band Twintapes Announce New Single, Synesthesia
Release
09/10/2014
Release
09/10/2014
Release Title
Synesthesia Single
Release Type
Digital
Release Format
Single
Twintapes performs live Electro-pop with no laptops or pre-recorded tracks. Pavel Rivera, band leader, singer & composer triggers automated sounds to Landon Knoblock's synths while Benny Reiner brings the rhythm with an electronic/acoustic hybrid drums creating an innovative feel that’s more raw than most electronic music. MORE» More»
"I wrote “Synesthesia” late one night with my headphones on because I didn’t want to disturb my neighbors. I was feeling really inspired by Aphex Twin’s “Selected Ambient Works 85–92”. For this same reason I also didn’t sing on it. This is the first time I have considered releasing an instrumental track, although I have made a few of them, and have been told multiple times by friends and fellow musicians that I should consider releasing an entire album of instrumentals.There is something about not having vocals that makes it feel like I'm breaking some rules—which feels both dangerous and freeing." - Pavel Rivera of Twintapes.

Twintapes performs live Electro-pop with no laptops or pre-recorded tracks.  Pavel Rivera, the band’s creator, singer and composer triggers automated sounds to Landon Knoblock, who mans the synths while Benny Reiner brings the rhythm with an electronic/acoustic hybrid drum set to create an innovative feel that’s more raw than traditional electronic music.
Release
09/10/2014

04/04/2014, New York, NY, Mercury Lounge, 8:00 PM
12/23/201404/04/2014, Electro-pop blend of groove and chill; Twintapes in NYC April 4th
Event
04/04/2014
Event
04/04/2014
Concert Start Time
8:00 PM
Venue
Mercury Lounge
Venue St. Address
217 East Houston St.
Venue City, State
New York, NY
Ticket Price(s)
$10.00
Ticket URL
http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/493483-twintapes-new-york/
Focusing intensely on creating a sound different than studio and album recordings, Twintapes aims to make their concerts a performing arts experience, rather than a carbon copy of their latest record. While some of the sounds might be familiar, most are, “…a perfect balance between groove and chill.” In NYC April 4th MORE» More»

While most electronic musicians simply trigger prerecorded tracks from a laptop on stage, Twintapes refuses to take this approach to their music-making or live show. They perform using all-analog synthesizers—a showcase that is both organic and raw. They focus intensely on creating a sound that is different than studio and album recordings, aiming to make their concerts a performing arts experience, rather than a carbon copy of their latest record. And while some of the sounds might be familiar, most are, in the words of The Deli Magazine, “…a perfect balance between groove and chill.”

Pavel Rivera, the band’s lead singer and producer, grew up in a house surrounded by music. His older brothers were DJ’s who constantly played records from influential 80’s bands like Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Cure, The Smiths, A-Ha, Duran Duran, INXS, New Order, Tears for Fears, and Michael Jackson.

His early love of music, also contributed to the band’s name, Twintapes, which stems from an incident that Pavel had as a child. He lost his favorite mixed cassette tape inside an old faulty cassette player. The fear of losing more of his favorite music prompted him to create copies of his tapes. These were known as his “Twintapes.” 

Pavel started Twintapes in 2008, after completing his second bachelors degree in music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He locked himself in his bedroom studio for months and wrote and produced the first album Somewhere Down The Road. In 2010, he collaborated with long-time friend, Jon Estes, and together they released the second album, Pluto. After that, Jon relocated to Nashville, but Pavel did not let that stop the project from moving forward. During the release of WDWG in 2012, Pavel brought in Landon Knoblock, synthesizer extraordinaire, and at the suggestion of former member, Jon Estes, auditioned Benny Reiner, who became the band’s drummer tour-de-force, and the trio began performing regularly in NYC.     

Today, with the band on solid footing, Pavel says he and the guys draw inspiration from Blonde Redhead, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Miles Davis, Maurice Ravel, and Bill Frisell. They continually seek to explore melody in their work, as well as create well-orchestrated and contrapuntal traits in the band’s music. So, if you like bands with, “A warm electronic sound underpinned by strong groovy beats and an experimental spirit,” as PopMatters describes their sound, check out Twintapes today.

Event
04/04/2014

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