Motion City Soundtrack and Drexel U's MAD Dragon label helped five bands release singles via the Making Moves project.
For most bands, starting their own label would be ambitious enough. So leave it to Minneapolis quintet Motion City Soundtrack to make everyone look lazy and unmotivated (or am I just self-projecting here?) with the Making Moves project, a five-band singles series curated, produced and released by MCS together with Drexel University’s MAD Dragon label. Along with input from music industry program students from the Philly university, the band handpicked five up-and-coming acts: The Company We Keep (their "The Company She Keeps" single premiered on Buzzworthy back in February), Brick + Mortar, Goldrush, The Skies Revolt, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, each of whom will release a limited 7-inch single digitally and on vinyl in the coming months, starting with The Company We Keep -- a band that includes MCS' own Justin Pierre -- whose single drops April 24. And if that's not enough, Motion City's new The Boombox Generation label, in conjunction with Epitaph Records -- will also release MCS's fifth album, Go, on June 12.
I called up Justin Pierre to talk about his five new labelmates, Go's fresh sound and what he's learned from the Dalai Lama.
BUZZWORTHY: What made you decide to take on this singles series? It seems like a pretty massive undertaking.
JUSTIN: We basically created a record label in name, and we've slowly been adding to that, trying to make it an actual record label that works. We had an idea to take something from the very beginning stages and see it through to the end, involving the students of the school, so that they get the experience, from engineering to A&R, and allows us to hopefully help some people that are doing great work to find a bigger audience.
BUZZWORTHY: How have Drexel students been part of the process?
JUSTIN: It's been really awesome. The engineers that we worked with were amazing, and I learned a lot from them and just the way that they do things. There were a lot of film students who were documenting the whole process. I went to film school before I was playing music, so I've always been fascinated by that world.
BUZZWORTHY: You also play in the Company We Keep. How hands-on have you guys been with the other bands?
JUSTIN: I think very hands-on. I can only speak for the three I was involved in. But for two of them, The Skies Revolt and Brick + Mortar, both bands had done everything on their own, and I don't think they'd worked with outside producers or outside people. It was a lot of getting them to trust to us. Not that they didn't, it's just that they'd both been doing something for a while, and they were both good at it. We didn't want to come in and mess up their sound or anything. I think that a good producer stays out of the mix and allows the bands to just be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Read more of Buzzworthy's Making Moves interview with Justin Pierre after the jump.