The Blow shares new single, “Think About Me,” via Stereogum, ahead of WOMANPRODUCER event series
The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich have spent the past handful of years deep in the studio, working out their own new way of producing electro acoustic pop. “Think About Me” is the fruit of these labors. The song consists of five tracks, using modular and analog synthesizers plus vocals to create layers of frequency. Through the recording process, the duo have developed their own instruments and processing systems for creating sounds, ending up with a mothership of gear patched together in a a web of cables. No longer employing a laptop in live shows, their songs are now performed as live production.
Dyne and Maricich started their odyssey of recording and producing their own music in the late aughts. They considered working with an outside producer but it soon became evident that the sound they were after was something they could only find together. In 2013 they emerged briefly from their recording odyssey for the release of their self-titled album, The Blow. The album was named “favorite album of the year” by NPR’s Bob Boilen and two of its songs were honored on the New York Times’ “Top Songs of 2013.” With these encouragements they dove immediately back into the studio to continue pursuing elusive sounds.
Throughout the years of recording isolation Melissa and Khaela fantasized about building a community of other producers to draw inspiration from; they brought these fantasies to life in WOMANPRODUCER, a web-based feed of images of female/trans/non-binary producers, distributed via Instagram, Twitter and www.womanproducer.com. Seeking to bring artists together in real time and space, WOMANPRODUCER is expanding into a series of live events beginningtomorrow night in Brooklyn, at National Sawdust. On October 18, 20, and 25th, a diverse group of producers and technologists will come together to share sounds and conversations on the theme of production and the creation of sonic worlds.
WOMANPRODUCER is an exploration of women as creators of sonic worlds. Begun an internet-based archive of female, trans and non-binary music producers, the project expands this fall at National Sawdust into a series of live events. In panel discussions and performances, the series is bringing together artists who are also producers from across a variety of genres and eras, such as Neko Case, Zola Jesus, Suzi Analogue, Yuka C. Honda & Miho Hatori (of Cibo Matto), Deradoorian and Pauline Oliveros. Many of the participants, although well-known as musicians and performers, have received much less exposure for being the authors of their own sound, a dynamic which persists with even the most renowned female producer-performers, such as Kate Bush or Missy Elliot. WOMANPRODUCER seeks to address this inconsistency. Each event will be documented with the aim of generating more materials to add to the ever growing body of information about sound creation and the diversity of artists contributing to the field. The WOMANPRODUCER series and archive are the project of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne, of the NYC-based electronic duo The Blow.
10/18 – New York, NY – National Sawdust / WOMANPRODUCER Series