Stereotypes usually aren’t fun, but bear with me: It does stand
to reason that those who like rock and roll might be prone to enjoy the occasional
video game as well. If that adage holds true, Jupiter One has it all. Having
just scored a slot for their single "Countdown" on John Madden NFL
2008 and a brand-new album surfacing in August, the band is on the road to some
The Deli spoke with lead singer K Ishibashi (yup, that’s just
K) before they hit the road in autumn.
So you guys have toured extensively-- including Canada.
Yup, we had a week up in Canada. We’ve got a big tour planned
for this fall. The album comes out in August, so we’ll be supporting that.
You’ve been compared to The Cars. Who are you listening
to right now?
It’s funny, some people see us as New Wave-y because we have
a lot of synthesizers. But we like a little bit of everything, ranging from
The Police and Talking Heads to Gang of Four, and we also dig on the classic
rock stuff, Beatles, Zeppelin. And we like ELO a lot– some of their stuff is
symphonic, you know. We’ve been checking out Kraftwerk recently and we like
Bowie too. He’s really stood the test of time, though I wouldn’t say the same
of every ELO album. We’re also big Daft Punk fans, and we like Of Montreal,
The Stills. I love Interpol and Bloc Party as well. Plus, I’m a big Dylan fan
and I like Tom Waits too.
Tell me about the record deal.
Our manager got us our record deal with Cordless. We’re instrumentalists
at heart, I’m a violin player by trade and we’re all jazz musicians originally
and we started writing songs. Hopefully we’ll be on the road for msot of the
fall, so we’ll see how it goes.
I saw that you guys have a separate band blog. Has it garnered
you any new fans?
That was Cordless’ idea. They’re Internet-savvy and they encouraged
us to do that. They set it up for us and we just bullshit and that’s basically
our web site. I’m really impressed with it, because it’s really easy to post
pictures and everything. I put up all the blogs. We also got a "blogs of
notice" spot on on Blogger, so we got a lot of fans through that. Promotion-wise,
we have a lot of video stuff that we try to spread through Youtube. You can
go to www.youtube.com/jupiteronemusic to see our videos. Our label is really
good at helping us create stuff and spread it.
What’s next for the rest of 2007?
We were told by our record that our "stage one" is
going out and creating a fan base and bases beyond where we’ve been. I think
it boils down to doing a lot of different stuff, hiring a publicist, making
a video, etc. It’s a lot of hard work, but I’ve always thought it’s hard as
a New York band to distinguish yourself. And just getting big in New York isn’t
enough. You can’t make a career– you can make a splash, maybe.
How’d the band meet?
I met Jack he was my roommate when we were touring with a different
musical circus, and we’ve been making music together since 2000. We did have
the straight-ahead jazz quintet, and we did a drum and bass with film.
We’re definitely into solid songs with a beat.