The Fontaines | Exclusive Spotlight Interview
February 16th, 2017
By Candice Anne Marshall
There are some Artists that have fallen into our SMC Spotlight ‘Numbered Series’ category for their exceptional talent and Los Angeles based band The Fontaines have certainly earned this prestige. Since my first interview with the band (The Fontaines Series No.1) in 2015, they have remained consistent with the timing of their releases and the quality tracks that remain unique and iconic. When we reviewed The Fontaines stellar new four song EP ‘ii’, it became apparent that this was a band that needed to be followed in a Numbered Series on our Spotlight (See The Fontaines Series No. 2).
On February 8th, 2017, the band released their newest single ‘Evaporate’. A disco-style song oozing with the delicate punch-drunk love vocals of leading lady Charlotte Fontaine. I’m certain that this is a song being spun by notable Radio stations such as the famous Rodney Bingenheimer’s ‘Rodney On The Roq’ KROQ FM radio for its Studio 54 quality: epic and unforgettable! The beat is exquisite with vintage sounding instrumentation reflective of the days even I would go to the roller rink. The lyrics and vocals are sexy, fun and, I predict, the song will be a global 2017 Summer hit. If you are wanting to discover a new sound, tap into ‘Evaporate’ and let the soulful funky groove take over – just make sure you’re near a dance floor because after hearing the first few chords, I guarantee you won’t be sitting!
We have added The Fontaines’ new single ‘Evaporate’ to our SMC Spotlight Artists Spotify playlist and we look forward to hearing more as the band edges towards their next EP release! Catch the video for the single below and be sure to sample the bands complete music library on their SoundCloud as well.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Charlotte Fontaine for an exclusive interview recently. Here’s what she had to say:
SMC – We are THRILLED to have you on our Spotlight once again! This time we are going to be chatting about your new song ‘Evaporate’ that was recently launched. WOW! You guys keep getting better and better! Can you tell us about the kind of traction you’ve received from media responses to the new song?
CF – We’ve been getting such great feedback for “Evaporate”. Just yesterday we were named one of Tidal’s “Rising Artists To Watch” and they shared the track.
SMC – I fell in love with the two of you since the first day I heard your sound. It’s very unique! This new stuff has a nice, almost disco beat to it. Who wrote ‘Evaporate’?
CF – Thank you! We wrote “Evaporate” in a tiny treehouse in Mount Washington.
SMC – When can we expect a video release for the song? We’d love to feature it on the front page of our website!
CF – We won’t be releasing a video for this single actually. We’ve decided to let the song speak for itself.
SMC – Is ‘Evaporate’ a good taste of what’s to come for The Fontaines?
CF – We’re going to be putting out a few more singles in the same vain, and then our debut album.
SMC – I seriously love the videos you post on The Fontaines Facebook Page timeline…. it’s nice to see video of you and I think it connects you to your fan-base quite well. I know I have asked this previously but sometimes it varies – which platform do you think receives the most response to your posts?
CF – Conversational videos are the best form of social media in my opinion, I love it when I can see my favorite musician talking about what they’re up to. Twitter is my personal favorite at the moment though.
SMC – I saw that you have been added to some awesome Spotify playlists! Congrats! We are happy to say that you are on our SMC Spotlight Artists Playlist now too! What are your thoughts on Spotify and the kind of traction you receive on that platform?
CF – Thank you for adding us to the SMC Spotlight Artists Playlist! I use Spotify every day myself so it’s been fun to see that other people are seeking us out on there.
SMC – Is there another Album release coming in the near future?
CF – Soon, very, very soon!
SMC – I had a listen to your new song ‘Pitted’ which was sent in as an entry to the NPR Music ‘Tiny Desk Contest’ – it was fantastic! Can you tell us more about this? (the song and the contest)
CF – I’m glad you enjoyed “Pitted”. It’s an unreleased number off of our debut album. It’s the first song I’ve ever had to stop recording midway through because of crying so hard.
SMC – Can you tell us who you would like to give a ‘shout out’ to in terms of Media support for The Fontaines?
CF – How can I not give a shout out to the one and only Candice Marshall for always supporting us!
SMC – I know you have been regularly spun on Rodney Bingenheimer’s Rodney on the Roq – KROQ show in Los Angeles – what other radio stations have shown a keen interest in your music?
CF – Getting played regularly on Rodney On The Roq on KROQ has been amazing. I’m excited to see where else it ends up.
SMC – Are there any festivals you will be playing this year?
CF – We might as well be getting on the plane to go to SXSW now!
SMC- I had a look at your website – it’s well laid out! Who manages all your music platforms and is responsible for the creation of visual content behind them?
CF – Hank and I design everything “Fontaines” related anyone sees. To me, the visuals go hand-in-hand with the music, so how could we not do it ourselves.
SMC – In terms of genres, what and who are your favorite go-to’s?
CF – I’ve been listening to “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Summer on repeat for days.
SMC What do you think is most vital to grow your bands brand within the industry with Media and Fans?
CF – Making music you…yourself… would listen to.
SMC – Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing a song?
CF – Interpersonal relationships. Does anything else actually matter?
SMC – How do you execute a concept with a written song in terms of instrumentation? For each Artist, I get a different answer. I am curious what the process is like for you….
CF – Songwriting for us is like building a house of cards. Hank and I create the bass with chords and a melody and lyrics, then our bandmates (Daniel Zuker, bass, and Chrystian Kaplan, drums) come in and add their parts.
SMC – I think one of the things I love most about The Fontaines is that you promote your music in a very unique way. I feel the music and your image is enough to be considered one of those bands that really doesn’t have to push the promo to be truly great – you just are! Your brand stands on its own as something everyone wants to hear/know/see. It’s extraordinary. What are your thoughts on my views?
CF – What a great compliment! Music is the one place in my life where I truly never hold back from being myself, so it means a lot to hear you call it “extraordinary”.
SMC – I like to also mention that your songs: one to the next to the next is entirely different in its composition and sound. Is that deliberate? I love the range in sound you create!
CF – We’re just having fun putting out the music we feel fits our life at this moment in time.
SMC – It’s been some time since we last spoke. I saw that you have played a lot of live shows and will be playing at SXSW Festival next month! How did you land that? It’s awesome!
CF – I’m really looking forward to playing SXSW for the first time. I’m stoked to see Austin.
SMC – What are the top five songs in your most recent playlist? Inquiring minds want to know!
CF – “Get Physical” by Pep, “Calling You” by Jeff Buckley, “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris, “Comme Moi” by Edith Piaf, and “Stronger Than Me” by Amy Winehouse.
SMC – What do you think makes The Fontaines an ‘iconic’ band? I feel you are and I have my views, but I would like to know what your thoughts on yourselves are….
CF – I’m happy that we get to make whatever kind of music we want to.
SMC – We look forward to hearing more and have added your new single ‘Evaporate’ to our SMC Spotlight Artists Spotify playlist. Can you give us some parting words or a teaser of what’s to come from The Fontaines in the next 3-6 months?
CF – Stay tuned for our debut album. In the meantime, you can check out our single “Evaporate” on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
SMC – Thank you Hank and Charlotte! As always, we love having you on the SMC Spotlight!
CF – Thanks for having us on the SMC Spotlight!
Charlotte Fontaine (Vocalist)
Hank Fontaine (Backup Vocalist, Guitarist)
Daniel Zuker (Bassist)
Chrystian Kaplan (Drummer)
The Fontaines are a brother-sister duo based in Los Angeles, California. Charlotte Fontaine (vocals) and Hank Fontaine (guitar) began writing new-wave influenced rock songs after growing up all over the world as kids. The siblings are backed by Chrystian Kaplan (drums) and Daniel Zuker (bass) live and in the studio.
In 2016 The Fontaines performed at music festivals including Savannah Stopover, Canadian Music Week, Broke LA, and Make Music Pasadena. In June, the band released their new EP, “ii,” which has gotten airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles. The band is currently finishing up their debut full-length album, set for release in 2017.
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