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INTERVIEW: Run Toto Run

May 5, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: Run Toto Run

RHV: Tell us who you are and where you're from?.
We’re Run Toto Run, a three piece electro pop band from Manchester, UK.

RHV: Describe your music.
As mentioned, it’s electro music and while it has undertones of the darkness often associated with electro, it doesn’t have the coldness electro can often have.

RHV: Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
Mike and I met in the early days of myspace when musicians still used it to network. We worked together for a few years then had a break. We started working together again, Matt saw us play and asked to join, the rest is history.

RHV: What did you do before you were in a band?
I (Rachael) was the assistant producer for Channel M Music a Sky and Virgin Media Channel and had the best job in the world, booking, watching and filming bands, however, the music department’s closure prompted our band getting way way better as I suddenly had the time to spend on it. Matt was and still is a classical violinist professionally, it fits around the band nicely, he’s to be spotted playing violin on all manner of big budget TV shows. Mike is a computer techy wizard, doing things of a nature I find baffling, he’s the only one of us who’s still managing to somehow hold down a full time day job.


RHV: List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
Mine was Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill, not particularly cool but I was really young at the time.
Mike: Led Zepplin III
Matt: Matt’s in New York at the moment so we could be mean and embarrass him by making it up, but we’re just going to leave it blank. It’ll make him sound more sexy and mysterious.

RHV: What's the band up to over the next few months?
May sees us gigging in every single moment where we’re not in the studio or in some cases working. We also aim to have our first album recorded by the end of July, so we’re setting ourselves up for a lot of work.

RHV: Best item of fan mail you've ever received?
I once received a drawing from a fan that looked quite a lot like a monster made of the male anatomy and an email from a girl saying her male friend would like to take “a nap” with me, I haven’t taken him up on the offer yet.

RHV: What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
Over the last few months we’ve listened to the XX a lot and Bombay Bicycle Club, of late we’ve been a bit obsessed with Darwin Deez and have been listening to bands like Neon Indian, Yacht, Plugs, Beach House, The Knife, Active Child, The Macabees etc. We listen to loads of new stuff on the road we have so many hours travelling that we tend to overlisten to stuff if we’re not careful. Matt usually brings a new mix tape for every ride.

RHV: What gear do you use?
Korg microkorg, Alesis micron, Korg kp3, Korg mini kp, Korg kaossilator, Roland sp-404 sampler, Casiotone mt-45, Roland spd 20 drum pads, Melodica, Megaphone.
That’s the live set up, the studio one’s a little harder to explain. We pride ourselves in not using laptops, Matt plays the sampler like an instrument, bringing in things at different times, this also allows the songs to breath live, they can change, where as if it’s all on a laptop it’s really rigid.



RHV: What's your best on tour story?
We once did a tour called the On Your Floor Tour where we stayed with strangers every night, one of the places was basically a crack den which has since burnt down, I decided to sleep in the van and Matt came to look after me as it wasn’t in the nicest neighbourhood. He took a pillow into the van from said crack den and got covered in flee bites, we wrote a little song about the crack den pillow called Crack Den Pillow, which probably won’t make it onto the album. We once apparently had Rufus Wainright in the crowd, he was in town with his opera for the International Festival. Don’t know what he made of us but it’s still pretty cool.

RHV: What do you demand on your rider?
We’re happy with booze and maybe some food. If we ever become massive, I’m going to demand puppies.

RHV: What's your website?
http://www.runtotorun.co.uk

http://www.myspace.com/runtotomusic




 

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