MS MR Takes Coney Island


MS MR Take Coney Island
Interview by Cady Lang  

What’s the story behind the name, MS MR?  

When we finally acknowledged that we were a band and needed a name there were a few ideas that we wanted to incorporate or reference. We wanted something grandiose but not pretentious that alluded to the fact that we’re a duo. We found ourselves immediately drawn to titles and when we stumbled across MS MR (after discussing a slew of terrible names) it just immediately felt right.  

MSMR’s sound has often compared to Florence + the Machine – how do you feel about this comparison? How would you define your sound personally?

    Incredibly flattered! We are great fans of hers so we see it as a serious compliment. We’re always interested in seeing who people compare us to – we’re very eclectic music listeners and lovers, so we pull from a range of genres and time periods, meaning there are many ways for someone to interpret our sound (we hope). Ultimately, though, we define our sound as pop. We take a lot of pride in that and feel there is a power in acknowledging ourselves as pop artists.

Your initial releases were shrouded in secrecy – how has it changed the dynamics of the band since your public personas have taken precedent?

  It is (and always has been) all about the music so nothing has changed. We’re appreciative of people’s interest in us but hope it’s just an opportunity to provide more insight and perspective into our art.  

Your EPs were launched on Tumblr, and the band continues to blog from there – how do you think your exposure and interaction with your listeners through social media has affected your art?    

Greatly so. It’s affected the way we communicate, distribute and relate to our audience but also the music and art itself. A lot of our lyrical and production ideas reference the fact that we are rooted in a technological and social media age (lyrically most prominently on Fantasy and Salty Sweet). Production-wise this record was recorded on a keyboard, computer and a microphone, so we could have made the album as sterile and “perfect” as possible in terms of our sound but we consciously chose to warp, glitch and manipulate the music to reference the very medium we were recording on. Social media and technology have allowed us to take full control over the project and given us the tools to define ourselves as a band. Our relationship to social media is also reflected in part by our album title, Secondhand Rapture.  

Max, you studied as a classical pianist, while you, Lizzy had helped to start a record label, but had never sung before MSMR; how has this affected both of your creative processes both individually and together?

Lizzy: During the creative process I can honestly say I leave all knowledge of the industry at the door and allow myself to be as emotional, honest and daring with myself as possible. However, when it comes to the business side of things my experience of running the label (Neon Gold Records) is paramount and has definitely given us both the confidence to be significantly more involved on that side of things than I think most bands are. Part of that is us and part of that is our label and teams trust in us to see this project through as we desire.Max: From our very first meeting, I think it was very clear that Lizzy and I had complimentary skill sets. I started as a classical pianist (although I wasn’t very focused and therefore not very good) and had some understanding of music theory and an appreciation for song structure. Lizzy had no training besides insanely good taste, which meant her musical ideas weren’t beholden to the standard chord progressions and melodic ideas that I was used to. So I ended up pushing her to write songs that felt complete and cohesive while she pushed my musical horizons. It’s been an incredibly balanced partnership. 

What are each of your top five inspirations while creating music? 

Weather, New York, media, music we love, and each other. 

Where do you see MSMR in the next five years – and what can we expect from you in the very near future? 

We’re always thinking about what’s next and hope in five years time we’re working on album three and inching ourselves closer and closer to our ultimate dream of headlining Glastonbury. In the near future expect to see us at festivals all summer long and during our own headline tour in the fall! 



CREDITS
photographer TYLER KOHLHOFF
stylist LANA JAY LACKEY
hair DANA BOYER
makeup LAURA STIASSNI

Look 1
dress ASHISH
shirt TRIPP NYC
shorts HENRIK VIBSKOV 

Look 2
top OSKLEN
tank VINTAGE
shorts MARISSA WEBB
bracelets & ring MICHAEL SHAPIRO
jacket HENRIK VIBSKOV
shirt and pants TRIPP NYC
shoes DOC MARTENS 

Look 3
sweater ASHISH
shorts OSKLEN
pants TRIPP NYC
shoes DOC MARTENS
necklace HEIDI GARDNER
jacket AGYNESS DEYN x DOC MARTEN
shirt TRIPP NYC
shoes T.U.K 

Look 4
dress ASHISH
tights HOUSE OF HOLLAND
shoes ALEJANDRO INGELMO
shirt OSKLEN
shorts TRIPP NYC
shoes DOC MARTENS 

Comments

comments