F&S: What drew you in to collaborate with Icona Pop?
Saporta: I love their energy. Even though they’re a pop act, they remind me of a punk band. We got the chance to work with them last year when we remixed “I Love It” and hearing their vocals by themselves when we were working on a new track helped me appreciate how much attitude they have.
F&S: How is “Never Been In Love” different from previous work you’ve done? And what inspired you to write it?
Saporta: Sonically it’s a brand new direction. I spent the good part of last year experimenting with different sounds and trying new things in the studio to find something fresh I could get excited about. I was listening to a lot of early 90’s UK artists like George Michael, EMF, Jesus Jones, and I thought that was a great era of music that was untapped from an inspiration standpoint. I worked on this song with Wallpaper, an awesome producer I met at the beginning of my experimentation process, and he had the idea to flip the piano riff on Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.”
Lyrically the song is also reflective of where both of us are in our lives. He had just met a girl who he fell in love with, and I had just gotten married. The notion of writing songs about poppin bottles in the club felt tired to us.
F&S: Now that Alex and Ryland have left the band, what can we expect from Cobra Starship in the future?
Saporta: As sad as I am that Ryland and Alex decided to leave, I am a firm believer that the universe always does what is best for you, even if that is not immediately evident. I’m really stoked on our new members, they are great people and great musicians. And most importantly, they’re excited. When people are excited and focused is when you get the best creative output.
F&S: Any special projects coming up?
Saporta: Solely focused on working on out next album and putting a new live show together
F&S: If there’s anyone else you could collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Saporta: I still think my number one is Pharrell- I’ve been a fan since early days of Neptunes producing Ol Dirty Bastard. And last but not least, Saporta expressed that he is grateful for all the love and support from his fans, adding, “It’s awesome you guys exist!”
Source: Fashion & Style
Finally! After a three-year hiatus and a change in the Band Cobra Starship finally made it on stage and performed at the Saints and Sinner Halloween Party yesterday in Minneapolis (USA).
(+037) Performances > 2014 > Saints and Sinner – October 30
It has been three years since dance-pop band Cobra Starship released their fourth studio album Night Shades, which featured the hit single You Make Me Feel. So when we caught up with frontman Gabe Saporta in a phone call from New York City, we asked him what the band has been up to since 2011.
“Oh, so much has happened. After putting out You Make Me Feel, we continued touring for a year and a half. Then, I wanted to get married,” Saporta said sheepishly over the phone.
Formed in 2005, Cobra Starship burst onto the scene with the catchy Snakes On A Plane (Bring It). It took a while but the band eventually hit mainstream success with synthpop number Good Girls Go Bad in 2009, a collaboration with actress Leighton Meester.
Prior to Cobra Starship, Saporta fronted pop punk band Midtown, which released three full–length albums before breaking up in 2005.
“I also did a reunion concert with Midtown for our 10-year anniversary. It was really cool for me to get back to my roots in music, then to settle down and become a man.”
During the time off, Saporta said he spent a lot of time figuring out the next direction for Cobra Starship.
“I spent a lot of time researching, and just trying to figure out what our new sound should be like. To me, Cobra Starship is about experimenting with different styles and trying new things.”
The result of that lead to the release of Cobra Starship’s first new single in three years, Never Been In Love.
“With the new single, it’s a great success for us. I see it as an extension of Good Girls Go Bad, but I don’t want to keep repeating ourselves.
“I think it’s a great starting point for us to finish off the rest of the upcoming new record,” said Saporta, citing early 1990s material by George Michael, Happy Mondays and Stone Roses as some of the band’s influences for new music.
The upbeat track was inspired by Saporta meeting his wife, fashion designer Erin Fetherston, for the first time.
“She loves the song. It’s funny because a lot of Cobra Starship stuff was about having fun, being sarcastic … tongue-in-cheek stuff that you don’t share with your parents. So my wife was very happy that I made a song that she could give to her parents and go ‘hey, look … Gabe is a good guy (after all)’,” he said.
However, one can’t help but wonder if Saporta risks alienating his Cobra Starship fanbase with the new approach.
“I think fans who have heard our whole album would kind of know that we’ve always had different sides to our music.
“There’re a lot of songs on our album that are actually very deep and personal… But, yeah, it’s the songs about being carefree that made us famous.”
He also assured us that he would always maintain the same humorous, devil-may-care persona that Cobra Starship fans have grown accustomed to.
“I’ll always be that guy who has a lot of opinions. I like to laugh. You can’t take things too seriously. Even in this song, it’s carefree yet still positive. I wanted to write stuff that have lot of positivity in it. I try to keep getting better at it.”
For Never Been In Love, Cobra Starship collaborated with Swedish deejay duo Icona Pop. Saporta shared that he’s a huge fan of the duo – in 2012, Cobra Starship released a remix of Icona Pop’s breakout hit I Love It.
“I went to Sweden to shoot the video (for the single) and we hung out for the first time. What surprised me most was how much they could drink! They spent the whole winter drunk because it’s so freaking cold there.”
Saporta also hopes to get Cobra Starship’s full-length album out next year.
“Cobra Starship has always been this weird thing that can’t fit into one box, and I love that the most.
“I love that our fans have given us the support to experiment and grow as a band. I’m really grateful for that.”
Source: The Star
Mike Ragogna: Gabe, Cobra Starship’s latest, “Never Been In Love,” features Icona Pop. Who’s idea was this mighty union and what was the collaboration like?
Gabe Saporta: We had been wanting to do a collaboration with Icona Pop since we first heard them! They signed to our label and we got the chance to do one of the official remixes of “I Love It” a few years back. Wallpaper, the producer of this track, had been working on some other songs with them so it happened organically!
MR: After having platinum-selling releases and appearing on major television shows, what is it about Cobra Starship that’s working this well?
GS: Wow, thanks so much. Hmmm. I guess it’s two things: I think the fact that we came from the underground touring world and really worked our way step by step has made us not take anything for granted. So we do a good job of being naturally excited and not getting in our own way! The other thing is that when I started Cobras, I wanted it to be a vehicle for me to experiment with lots of different musical styles and production techniques. I fought very hard to not be put into a box, and that gave us the fluidity to grow and not get stuck somewhere along the road.
MR: How has your creative approach — writing and the recording process — evolved or changed since success has been kicking in?
GS: Ha. Great question. I feel that what happens often to artists is they are left alone until they have a hit. Our first real hit felt almost like a fluke — “Good Girls Go Bad” — but immediately afterwards we had a lot more people giving us a lot more opinions. Sometimes those opinions are invaluable and other times they’re just noise. Learning how to navigate between the two has definitely been a good learning experience for me.
MR: How has Cobra Starship’s live show grown over the last couple of years? Has it had to embrace new tech to present a changing show, and what is it like to be performing to the increasing crowd numbers?
GS: We were able to add a good friend of ours as a percussion player, we added more instrumentation. We had to figure out a light show, confetti, all that good stuff. All the exciting technology for live performance to me is happening around lighting and led screens. That can really take a show to the next level. But ultimately what wins is showmanship. When we started out we were used to playing to people who stared at us like “wtf is this?” And we learned to win them over. When you start playing big festivals and more mainstream crowds you are going to run into many people who may only know one of your songs. Remembering what it was like to play for 20 people who had never heard of you before comes in handy
MR: Do you have a vision of where Cobra Starship is heading?
GS: Yes! I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from early ’90s UK dance-rock, when bands like Jesus Jones and EMF and even INXS — although they were Aussies — were first experimenting blending break beats in a live band context. I also think that for us, because of where we come from, it always important to stand slightly outside the norm.
MR: Do you keep an eye on your contemporaries to either stay current or to enjoy what they’re doing?
GS: I go through waves. Sometimes I get frustrated when I don’t connect to something, other times I get excited when something throws me for a loop. And sometimes I like being completely immersed in what’s going on and other times I just need to disconnect
MR: Gabe, you were a new act at one point. What advice would you give to new artists that are looking for a few useful tips on how to further their art or musical careers?
GS: When I was a kid I used to sneak backstage at shows and pretend to be a reporter in order to get a few questions in with some of my favorite artists. One of those artists, Dr Frank, from The Mr. T Experience said to me “I was never a great singer, and I was never a great guitar player, but I love music and I just kept banging it out. And when you love something and you keep banging away at it, eventually something good will come out.” That’s the best advice I ever got. I would expound on that by saying that passion is contagious… If people feel you love something they will be drawn to it also. The other lesson here is the power of perseverance, a lot of times we give up on something when it doesn’t come out right away. I see this especially with more talented people; unlike those who are less gifted, they expect things to be great always. Unfortunately, the nature of art necessitates struggle. What makes great art is not great talent, but rather great effort.
MR: Would you have told this to a young Gabe Saporta just starting out?
GS: I would have had it tattooed on young Gabe Saporta’s forehead
MR: [laughs] In your opinion, what is the best thing about Cobra Starship that separates what it’s presenting from the other many talented, successful bands on the scene today?
GS: I think what’s unique about Cobras is all the contrasts elements and forces fighting against each other that create a beautiful kind of tension. I also think our approach to the music “business” has given us a unique kind of connection with our fans.
MR: What does the future for Cobra Starship looking like? Any surprises coming?
GS: I am just excited to finish our new album and get back on the road.
Source: Huffington Post
Cobra Starship revealed last week that they had parted ways with guitarist Ryland Blackinton and bassist Alex Suarez. Today, however, CS frontman Gabe Saporta has confirmed via his personal Twitter account that the band have tapped former A Rocket To The Moon bassist, Eric Halvorsen (“Halvo”), as their newest member. You can check out the confirmation tweet from Saporta below.
— S A P O R T A (@GabrielSaporta) 29. Oktober 2014
Source: Alternative Press
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