Discovery: Beat Connection
ABOVE: (TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT) TOM EDDY, REED JUENGER, JARRED KATZ, JORDAN KOPLOWITZ.
There is not a good way to introduce Washington four-piece Beat Connection. Neither their genre of music (electronic indie-pop), nor their origins (they met in college) distinguish them from the bundle of other young indie bands out there, and if we told you that their music makes you feel slightly warm and fuzzy on the inside, you'd probably throw something sharp at us. The boys of Beat Connection are, however, worth separating from their musical peers. They manage to pull off a sort of grandiose optimism in their music, life-soundtrack music if you will, without coming off as too precious.
Recorded in a homemade studio in their university house, their first EP, Surf Noir, garnered positive reviews from The Guardian and Pitchfork. Now the band is finally releasing a full-length LP, The Palace Garden, which was recorded under slightly more professional circumstances. We caught band member Jordan Koplowitz somewhere between Washington and San Francisco (Oregon, to be precise) to talk about the Washington music scene, Clueless, and soup restaurants.
AGE: 22 (Jordan, Reed, Tom, and Jared)
HOMETOWNS: Bellingham, WA (Jordan); Vancouver, WA (Reed); Mercer Island, WA (Tom); Spokane, WA (Jared)
LOCATION AT TIME OF INTERVIEW: A van in southern Oregon.
STYLE OF MUSIC: I think that it is percussive, electronic pop with hints of psychedelic and tropical-ness.
THE WASHINGTON STATE MUSIC SCENE: Being from Bellingham, there are not really many bands there, so the music scene is pretty non-existent. In Seattle these days [the music scene] is mostly folk rock; there's some soulful rock coming out right now, like Pickwick and Allen Stone—that kind of stuff—but as far as electronic music and dance music go, there's not really much at all.
FRESHMAN-YEAR FRIENDS: Reed and I actually met the very first day we got to college, which is pretty funny. We were living in a dorm and he was, like, two doors down from me. I forgot how we met exactly, but we started talking about music and it was just pretty obvious we would become friends because both of us had so many shared interests. I had two [freshman-year roommates]—it was a really cramped room that should not have had three people in it. I had one roommate who I actually still live with—[he] lives in the house with [the band]—and then the other one was a pretty strange guy. He played tons of World of Warcraft and would stay up until five in the morning. Apparently he was one of the best World of Warcraft players in the country, though, so that's kind of amazing.
FIVE YEARS AGO: I was 17. I was living in Bellingham, going to high school, making really bad music in Garage Band. By myself.
Find This Article: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/discovery-beat-connection/