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Stereo Off are Sebastian Marciano: Vocals, synths, Niall Madden: Bass and Bridget Fitzgerald: Guitar and strings


Where are you based?

We're all based out of New York City, and of course during the pandemic we're all a little spread out and some trying different locations.


What genre would you describe yourself as?

We guess it can be called 'dark pop'... On earlier projects we were more about indie rock and soul, but Sebastian's electronic roots and all the punk and dance music we are all into means we keep evolving. The new single "Runnin" encapsulates a lot of that transition for us, more of an ethereal NuDisco groove that we can get into lately.


Who is your main inspiration?

The cities we have lived in and the people we love are the prime influences. Our friends and ourselves, our family and schoolmates... all part of various art explosions, from NYC Hiphop and skate culture, to Jungle and Rave scenes, all the while with New Music at Lincoln Center and the UK indie and drum n bass scene in London blazing... this nexus of cultures where our people met through music and art, it fuels us.


What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?

Someone usually fires up a drum machine to start with a rhythm track and a melody on synth or bass, usually from Sebastian or Niall as a demo with the basics written already. Occasionally we just write something in the studio together as a simple jam and then rework it. Either way, by the time a final track is done we've probably performed it live already or rehearsed it as a band, so the final version of a song will often evolve to reflect that.


What made you want to start in music?

We were all raised in musical families to some degree, and either way we all had a strong intent to make music from a very young age.


What is on the horizon for you?

Right now we're promoting the new single, "Runnin", while we finalize the next release. Our upcoming track "Fireblood" is a protest song, wrapped in a delicious #darkdisco vibe, which helps set the tone for the LP.  We will continue to work with video directors and visual artists in this strange time as we forge ahead


Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?

Sadé, Kenny Loggins, Miami Horror, Lifelike, and Gunship.


What is your ultimate goal

We make music to build and create worlds we want to share with others. Getting that to the most people possible and enjoying the process is the ultimate goal.


If you could cover any song, what would it be?

Hmm... so very many covers we'd like to do. A darkwave version of "Holiday" by Madonna. "Forever Young" by Alphaville. There's too many to name though.


Tea making: milk first or last?

Last.


Tell us tour funniest joke!

Not sure if this qualifies but, the greatest fortune cookie we ever opened just said "You laugh now, but wait till you get home."