My newest work is an old video that has appeared on YouTube, but this is not. Also more work in progress and new stuff. I have worked with new and old music for the album. I hope to do more in the future. I’ll also be making videos of all the songs that appear on the album, and some other content as well. So expect more. There is a little bit more I’d like to do, I’ll also make it out to the world, and share it, too. I hope that you’ll enjoy this project, and that it will bring you something to your own that you’d like to hear. I’m doing my best to make it a worthwhile experience. Thank you for your support, and good night.
-Bobby Eubanks, in the middle of recording “A Summer Indoors” (a collaboration with my brother, Jason Eubanks, and a friend of his, Dave McFarland, as a tribute to my father and brother in law who both passed away a while back)
In the middle of recording a tribute album to the late Bob Eubanks and his brother Jason (the songwriter) in a band called “A Summer Indoors”:
JT: We’ve had to change recording schedules. A lot. And a lot of good songs have gone missing. But there are some that have to come to fruition, and some that are to be recorded, and it’s about time. A few weeks ago my brother in law, Matt McClung, and I were in Florida to record a number of songs at the home of a friend of mine. It’s very nice home. We hung out there for a few days and just kept at it. Matt was a pretty nice guy, and he knows all the members of “A Summer Indoors”. He’s even got all the videos of all the albums they’ve done. So we came to him, and he had this nice idea: If we did something for him, he would share it with the whole world. So we sent over some of our ideas and he sent them over. And then we shared them with all the people we knew. And then we met up with another producer, who is a friend of ours, and we did an album of all our ideas. And then we decided to do a tour of the states with my brother in law and that was where we met another friend who is working for Toto. And we just kept at it. We were pretty lucky. I do miss that music. This year is a good year for me. It’s a good year for us. I’m glad we got that out of our system and we can get back to what we do best.
Pitchfork: I was a little surprised to see that your new album was released in Canada, because it’s a release date from October 23, 2012.
JT: My brother in law’s friend was a big promoter for us, so he did it for us. The label, because I’m just not a Canadian, when we were doing the dates in Vancouver, they did it at the last minute. They were all “hey, we need another month to put it out here, so, uh.” So we got to take care of it in our own time. It’s the first time I’ve ever been on tour in Canada. I didn’t have any friends in Vancouver that I knew, I didn’t have any friends at the record label. We just had people to go and do it with. And I’m getting over the shock of it.
Pitchfork: You mentioned that your friends were going to pick up the tab for tickets, so where did you do all of the recording?
JT: I booked a couple of studios. We did the record at RCA with Mark Foster, and at the Record Plant in Santa Cruz with Justin Meldal-Johnsen. We did a lot of everything there. And it was a great recording session, but I had no idea what the other guys were doing. I’d already done three albums, so I didn’t know that I had so much music that I could get out on the record. We did it on three days. We got to use all of the studios, so it was just a great experience, I’m just sad it didn’t work out. It’s so sad, cause I got to make my first album with a bunch of my best friends and they’re all gonna go to their graves disappointed, cause they knew I wanted to make a record and I tried so hard to do that, and I didn’t get to make it.
I hope it’ll come out, I just really want it to come out, cause it was my first album in five years, I hope it comes out on a good label. I’m getting ready to go into the studio to try and get it out.
Pitchfork: You know, the internet has probably spoiled me, because I had to go on this thing called “DeeJay” for a while, that was a thing where you could stream music that you were listening to on your phone, or whatever. They’re taking it so much more seriously now.
Pitchfork: And it’s more of a part of the everyday.
JT: Yeah, and it’s so much less stressful, too. It’s the biggest thing going.
Pitchfork: You get to see the fans from across the country. It’s really a way for people to interact. What’s your favorite thing about it?
JT: Oh, my favorite thing about it is all the fans. It’s such a cool thing. People are so weird, it’s crazy.
Pitchfork: One of the things that people ask you most is if you go out and tour much, if you do it like a rapper, but at the same time there’s more of a connection to the crowd that you kind of just do it with because you’re an electronic artist, what is the connection there?
JT: I guess, I don’t know. I kind of feel the way that it’s like, I’m a rapper, I don’t know, it’s what I’m capable of, but I’m also a musician, so I love to show off my music to the crowd, it’s kind of always been in my blood.
Pitchfork: It’s a lot of people that want to see you show off, to be in the same room with you. They get excited, they want to be there with you, and you really take that chance.
JT: Yeah, I do. I’m always the weird one. I’m not like, “Oh I’m going to let them in.” I know I’m a bad person. I know I’m weird, but I just can’t help it. So I’m kind of doing it for them, I guess.
Pitchfork: I have people I’m friends with that say that, “Oh we’re going to be hanging out with you, we’re going to see you, you’re going to play.” And then you’re like “Fuck you, no.” What’s your mentality like? Do you understand what the people want?
JT: Oh I know, I do understand what the people want. If they’re going to want something, they’re going to want it. People want them to see them live. That’s the main thing, and when I feel like I’m going to do something like show someone who’s in the room.
Pitchfork: Well, the other person that I hang out with that does this is one of your best friends, and I don’t think I would have been a fan even if it wasn’t for what they did. So you have the mindset, and then you have this other person that you know is going to give you the same opportunity, but at the same time, it’s for them. So they give you the opportunity. But you still feel it, you still feel what’s going to happen.
JT: Oh yeah, that’s what you got to do, and that’s what I need to do, because I’m like you. I’m an artist and I’m going to do something.
Pitchfork: That’s what I get, I don’t get it like this other person that can take me places. But you have to hang out with the people who are going to take you there. You have to have that mentality.
JT: You just gotta know what’s happening.