There was, obviously, quite a bit of a discussion about the TV Mania project and how unique it is compared to other bands or to other side projects of Duran’s. Part of its uniqueness is that there was this family created that truly reflected the society of the 1990s. One of the questions that they were asked focused on who influenced the creation of their characters, specifically Sassy. Nick explained how they were truly based on “extreme stereotypes” including the Dad is the “religious freak”, Mom is a “pill head”, the son is a computer hacker and online gamer and the daughter is a fame seeker through whatever means necessary. While this wasn’t necessarily new information to me, I did find out that this family now has a space on Second Life. Who knew?! As someone who doesn’t go into Second Life ever, I had no idea. My question to those of you do: Can/have you interacted with them?! Of course, the project is also unique because of the incredible focus on the visuals and how, musically, it creates a new genre, according to Warren, which I have to agree with. He explains how it doesn’t fit into the electronic genre of the 1990s and doesn’t fit today. Of course, the visuals for this project are everywhere. Many of us are fascinated by Nick’s photography exhibit, which he discusses to some extent. I didn’t realize that the images were divided into “vicious women” or “troubled women” but featured all the same model, who is the “Sassy” character. Fascinating. This is one of those moments when I truly wished that I could see this in person. Of course, the vinyl packaging is also supposed to be something. (I will discuss that when I receive my vinyl. Anyone in the US get theirs yet??) They also mentioned the video for Euphoria and how there is a video remix of that coming, along with the video for Beautiful Clothes. I, for one, cannot wait for that!? Nick also mentioned how there will be a “visual” surprise for What About God?
Speaking of which, the project unlike a lot of music out there really, obviously, reflects on society and popular culture. While the project came out before a lot of the social networking sites were up, running and popular, they did talk about the current use of twitter. For them, it is another visual. They described it as a means to send out random thoughts and images to “stimulate the brand”. That said, when asked about what they saw the future being like, Nick hoped that social networking still wouldn’t be as important as it is now. Hmm…so he still isn’t a fan? Yet, clearly, TV Mania is using it. Is Second Life not social networking? This is even more interesting as they introduced this idea of having TV Mania being a franchise with different TV Manias all over the world. What would that be like? It would be anyone who is interested in making music using samples, technology, different sounds and combining it with visuals. There would then be a YouTube channel that would showcase these different ones. Wow. There is a lot to think about with this idea. On one hand, I love the idea that everyone could do it. It feels very punk rock in that sense. I also adore the encouragement of art and creativity. Yet, I wonder about the details. How exactly would it work? I’m sure there will be more information to come.
Of course, no Katy Kafe would be complete without some mention about what both Warren and Nick are up to. Nick, as usualy, sounds super busy. He mentioned how they were back in the studio with Mark Ronson with the hopes of releasing the album next year. One personal project he has is to sort his photography archives, especially since they won’t be touring anytime soon. Yet, the part that caught my attention is how he is working with John on some sort of elaborate musical project with a storyline! Fascinating. While they might be the oldest of friends, they certainly haven’t done much together outside of Duran. In fact, when apart, they seem to have gone in opposite directions, musically, so I can’t wait to see what they could come up with together! Warren is working with a singer from Stockholm on some sort of Missing Persons project and is busy with his production company.
This Katy Kafe was jammed pack with both information and with interaction. Katy, often, didn’t get a word in edgewise as frequently Warren and Nick would just keep discussion alive. If you are a fan of hearing interaction, then, this is a good one to listen to. Sometimes, it was hard to pick out the information through all of the interaction and, at times, humor. I appreciated the little jokes like the idea that TV Mania would tour in 2031 since it seems to take a long time to do things surrounding the project or when Nick stated how it was -500 degrees there. Oh, Nick. Try living in Wisconsin the last few months! There is still snow on the ground that has been around since before Christmas. All of that said, I can see where Warren fans would enjoy this Kafe more than others. For me, I just loved hearing that there is more to look forward to with TV Mania and other projects!