Late Nite Cable
The synthpop duo of Pete Roessler and Severine Casati, better known as Late Nite Cable, having been devising a foundation for a unique brand of electropop that pays homage to those sweet 80s electronic beats, while pulling the best of what the genre represents today. It’s more than electronic music to this twosome – they have successfully and wonderfully implemented natural instruments into their futuristic sound – music that’s as interesting as Roessler and Casati themselves!
Pete has seemingly been everywhere in search of his path, working and living in Costa Rica and Argentina, along the way picking up two graduate business degrees. He even attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, but eventually ended up in a corporate job back in NYC. It wasn’t long after this that Roessler realized he had to make a change, leaving his cushy gig to pursue his real passion – music. It was then he reached out to a friend he’d met before, Ms. Casati, a French vocalist born in New Jersey, raised in France, and even spent considerable time in Mexico (I told you this pair was interesting!). And while Late Nite Cable has been building up a musical catalog for years, it wasn’t until this past July that they finally released singles into the market.
Now the group has produced a self-titled debut EP, complete with the single, “All Nite Girl” – an album and tune we had to learn more about. Pete told us “A considerable amount of the inspiration for our new album came from my transition from corporate America to finding my music again and all of the changes I went through along the way…’All Nite Girl’ is definitely a bit of a darker song than most of the songs on the album. Fans can definitely expect a dark minor-sounding song with a syncopated bass groove with a storyline that might be reminiscent of a long night out on the town.” Click to http://latenitecable.com/
XXQs: Late Nite Cable
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Pete Roessler (PR): We have been characterized as “synthpop” but some of our unreleased tracks could even border on “electropop”. We like to think of our music as having a transported 80s vibe with modern twists. We spend a lot of time crafting our hooks to be as relatable as we can to get them to be, along with using a number of natural instruments as well as electronic instruments. Hopefully these elements help us stand out. We also work with many different motifs and melody lines at once to build each song’s character, in doing so we hope to trigger emotion with our listeners. The songs are very personal so we really try to write the music with both ourselves AND our listeners in mind.
PEV: What kind of music were you all into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
PR: I grew up listening to almost everything…and I mean everything. I listened to a ton of fun 80s music with big synthesizer sounds, darker 90s rock and grunge rock, folk, jam rock, bluegrass. I was even exposed to a considerable amount of classical music, symphony and opera, by my father. While attending Berklee, a lot of these genres plus others, such as jazz and other contemporary sub-genres, seemed to collide pretty intensely in my writing. I found myself a bit lost with too many ideas from conflicting genres for a bit. It took me a while to veer back to writing the way that I enjoy writing, but when I did, I definitely had a multitude of tools with which to work.
My first show was the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Silverchair opening up during the One Hot Minute tour! Ah! That was 20 years ago!
Severine Casati (SC): I was mostly into any kind of jazz, pop, folk, blues rock, indie rock and trip hop music as well as any bands from the 70s. I also always loved listening to reggae and even had a crazy period with Roots Reggae such as the Gladiators…I used to live in Mexico and I must say I immediately fell in love with Latin music, anything from salsa to reggaeton. Growing up in France, I was obviously immersed in the French culture and its greatest artists such as Aznavour, Gainsbourg and Piaf.
My first concert was in a bar in Paris during the Summer Music Festival…there was not enough room in the bar so people were standing outside to hear the show! It was a great atmosphere, good people, and good times in general…
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
PR: Well, despite having a lot of music already recorded and ready to go, we JUST released our first tunes to the market in July (2015). It is still a bit too early to know whether or not we have broken into any scene let alone that of my hometown! That said, we will let you know when we start playing live which will be very soon!
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Late Nite Cable show?
PR: The music is pretty high energy so we expect the shows to be a bit of a wild party! I always imagined making each show a “sensory experience” beyond just the music. I grew up getting excited about shows that not only inspired me through sound but also the overall visual and aesthetic value (with lighting, video, stage antics, etc.). Having a well-rounded, robust and dynamic audio AND visual element to our shows will be the goal for sure.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
PR: Growing up as a musician, playing live has always given me a rush no matter what or with whom I am playing. I guess the first thing that comes to mind is that rush of adrenaline when you step in front of the crowd. The sense of knowing that the eyes in front of you are completely void of any pre-determined judgment at that exact moment (at least that is what I try to make myself believe) and the feeling that within the next hour or so I have the power and ability to fill those eyes with either excitement or boredom. I love the feeling that it is totally up to my bandmates and me to make sure that those eyes stay engaged and excited. With that said, I always try to get as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible. Once I find my groove, I feel great, so finding it quickly always helps me overcome any kind of mood I might be in from the events of the day. Once I lose myself in what I am playing on stage, things typically end up going great.
PEV: How has playing in Late Nite Cable been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?
PR: Playing in Late Nite Cable is significantly different than any other projects I have worked on in the past for sure. First of all, we not only look at this as our passion project but also our business. We have created a structure to organize our time. We work amongst ourselves, both together and with third parties, to create the best possible product. We write meticulously and effectively and brainstorm how to spend our money to create the most value. Again, we are still new to the market but, for that reason, every move we make has to be pretty strategic for fear of not being able to jump-start this project effectively and create momentum.
In addition, this is a very different project for me with regard to writing and collaboration. I am fairly well-adjusted to doing a lot of the writing for past projects but this project is a bit more electronic than others. This has translated into sitting in my studio for literally hours on end layering synth part after synth part, programming drums, writing bass lines, arranging, etc. I catch a severe case of cabin fever almost daily!
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?
PR: A considerable amount of the inspiration for our new album came from my transition from corporate America to finding my music again and all of the changes I went through along the way. After completing a fair amount of school and committing to a more “secure” life, it was extremely difficult to make an abrupt lifestyle change in order to chase my dream. For this reason, much of the writing I did during the fall of 2014 and the winter of 2015 reflected the various changes I was going through. Nevertheless and notwithstanding this transitional period, I tend to just write about things that I am going through at the time, whether those times have created happiness, sadness or frustration in my life. I’ve written about chasing my dreams, girlfriends, becoming a recluse, partying, working, seasonal changes, traveling, finding love, leaving love, my friends, the way that people treat me, the way I treat people etc. I try to make my writing as relevant as possible to my own life experiences in order to create a connection with my listeners and possible fans.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
PR: I guess I never believed this would actually be happening and that making music again would probably just remain a dream in my head forever. For the past 8 years or so, even though I ventured down a drastically different path than I would have imagined, I would always find myself thinking about music and thinking “what if?” I am just glad I came back to it instead of letting it be just something I fantasized about whenever I went for a jog or something like that.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Late Nite Cable?
PR: Well, first of all Séverine, our very French singer who grew up near Versailles, France, was actually born in New Jersey! Go figure! When I first heard this, I definitely laughed a bit because she is really quite French with a great accent and distinctly French characteristics. This also made me realize how great it is to have a foreign singer who is also an American citizen that won’t ever have a problem with requiring a visa. During my time living in Costa Rica and Argentina, I had to leave the country every three months to get my visa renewed which was a pain in the butt. So I’m glad there will never be any citizenship issues that will pull the band apart.
Another interesting fact is that we do all of our writing in a room in my family’s ancestral home built by my great great great grandfather in 1840. The house is an old gothic revival house and can be pretty creepy at times to the point where I’m pretty sure that other people in town might think it is haunted. Interestingly enough, the room that I have made into my personal studio, was actually my great grandmother’s writing room. Her father had that room specifically built for her so she could have a great place to write. Her old desk that contains some of her old writing is actually still in the room! While I am not TOO superstitious, I still don’t have it in me to move it from our studio.
PEV: What can fans expect from your new single, “All Nite Girl”, which comes from your self-titled debut EP? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.
PR: “All Nite Girl” is definitely a bit of a darker song than most of the songs on the album. Fans can definitely expect a dark minor-sounding song with a syncopated bass groove with a storyline that might be reminiscent of a long night out on the town. The writing process was actually pretty fun for this one. My manager Carl, Séverine and I had just returned from a big dinner and were drinking wine back in my studio when I was sifting through some older ideas that I had recorded weeks before. I found one and immediately liked it and remember instantly hearing the hook in my head. The original song was in a major key at first and was pretty light sounding, so we ended up staying up all night and re-writing the entire song, making it sound darker in nature while also throwing in many new parts that provided a solid foundation for the demo. Having that demo was pretty key when we brought it into the studio. Our producer, Rocky and I were able to pick up from where we had left off and simplify a lot of things, making it cleaner and more presentable.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?
PR: The feeling I got after recording this album was incredible—I felt like my head was in the clouds. I’ve been waiting to do this for a while, so I had a feeling of accomplishment. I still pick at the songs quite a bit, new parts here and there, and have done so with this record which was finished in April, but I’m still pumped to share it with the world.
SC: Happy and excited but still with a critical view on them. While listening to the songs, I sometimes think: “We could have added a cello there, or harmonies there, etc.” But it’s an endless game. And finally I just enjoy listening to them, hoping people will also.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
SC: Basically to bear the responsibility for how your career pans out. And it’s not always an easy burden to bear…
PR: Organization. It is imperative to be organized and have a concrete release schedule! Also, a huge thing that needs to be tended to these days, with the current state of the music industry, is having great PR, making sure you focus on social media and increasing your interface with distribution mediums (e.g., Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.) If you are going to go to the effort of writing and recording a live album and trying to make a name for yourself, make sure you are in touch with all the third parties that can make your career successful.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
SC: Everywhere in Europe and South America. But first of all, anywhere in the U.S.!
PR: Definitely Europe. Since Séverine is from France, the European market is equally important to us. I look forward to playing in Berlin if we ever get the chance to as I absolutely LOVE that city.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?
SC: They are all extremely supportive. They love the music we do but they are also happy because I am doing what I love. They will always be supportive no matter what. They are waiting for us to come to France and play at some point!
PR: Interesting question (laughing)…there definitely is a bit of disparity in the responses I have received from various members of my family. At first, some of my family thought I was a bit nuts to abandon my job and my life in New York City to take on a serious music career. I know for a fact that there are others who also think I am a bit crazy for making such a shift in my career as well. I think my move in this direction appeared to them as some “little music project” that I was messing around with to pass the time…like it was a way to avoid my acceptance of being an adult and live a normal and secure life. While I love my family very much, I can say that many of my family members have lives that are secure with reliable jobs, which is great, but that doesn’t make it any easier for them to understand what I was going through at first when I realized that I was about to let my lifelong dream just drift away. It was definitely a bit strange having to tell family members and close friends at Christmas parties that I quit my serious job to pursue a music career and I definitely received a ton of odd looks. However, there are definitely some friends and family that are extremely supportive which is great. Hopefully, the others will come around soon as well!
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
PR: Although I haven’t been able to play as much as I normally would, I play a number of racquet sports in my spare time and love to compete regularly and in tournaments. Before I started playing music again, I used to play both tennis and squash 3-5 times a week during lunch breaks and after work. Once I am able to manage my schedule a bit better again, I will most likely return to playing these sports again even if I can’t play as frequently as before. Staying active with sports is definitely a huge part of my happiness for sure.
SC: Writing for myself or for my blog, reading, running, travelling whenever I can, talking over the phone to my family and friends from France, relaxing and hanging out with my friends here in NY as often as I can! Simple things are the best as long as you are surrounded by great people.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
SC: Sting. Love Thylacine too. Love his style. Or anyone else who would be ready and crazy enough to collaborate with us.
PR: With regard to writing, definitely Ryan Tedder 100% as I have followed his career since 2009 and have always loved how he writes. If you had asked me this question 5 years ago when I was just writing random songs for my guitar, I would have said the same thing without a doubt. With regard to production, I have always dreamed of being able to work with Steve Lilywhite. I think he’s an incredible producer and he knows exactly how to make a good song absolutely incredible.
PEV: Is there an up-and-coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
PR: My answer to this question would probably change weekly depending on what I am listening to at the time, but this week I would say the German band, COSBY. These guys are absolutely amazing! I will definitely be following their progress as they release more music. So far, I am obsessed!
SC: For me, I’d say Avec Sans and The Red Monkey.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?
PR: God knows. I would probably be back at a secure job in the city, hopefully doing something where I was able to express my creativity.
SC: What I am currently doing in New York but directly in the field of underdeveloped countries: being part of any kind of organizations that help children and women in need. I am always shocked and horrified to hear all the atrocities suffered by so many human beings every day. That’s definitely what I would do, but directly on the ground if I could.
PEV: So, what is next for Late Nite Cable?
PR: We have a ton of studio releases and video content coming up from now until May of 2016. We will also start playing exciting live shows ASAP so keep us on your radar!
For more information, click to http://latenitecable.com/.