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Dntel is the operational alias for Los Angeles resident Jimmy Tamborello. Jimmy also sometimes records and releases music under the name James Figurine. He is also the host of the Dublab show Dying Songs. And, he is also, it’s true, one half of The Postal Service (whose 2003 album Give Up is Sub Pop’s second best-selling album of all time). In 2007, we at Sub Pop released the most recent Dntel album, entitled Dumb Luck which included contributions from a whole raft of talented people too numerous to list here (a short version of that list would include members of Grizzly Bear, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and Arthur & Yu). On Dec. 7th, 2010 Sub Pop released new music from Dntel in the form of a pair of companion EPs, entitled After Parties 1 and (very sensibly, given their complementary relationship) After Parties 2. These two EPs collect 8 new Dntel tracks (3 on After Parties 1 and 5 on After Parties 2) which are a bit more minimalist and experimental in nature, all of them instrumental, and feature (to the best of our “knowledge”) a list of guest contributors numbering exactly zero. These 8 new tracks are also, we are able to discern even through the mist of biases both personal and professional, really something special.
Hello, how are you?
Good! Going to go see that movie Martha Marcy May Marlene and then see Roedelius live tonight so it’s a good day.
What are you currently listening to?
Right this second? A new High Wolf record, called 'Atlas Nation'.
What are you up to these days, any new releases on the horizon?
I’ve been doing a lot of live shows lately which distracts from recording new stuff. But I have most of a new, predominantly instrumental Dntel record finished and I’m also working on a kind of ambient project with my friend Carlos Niño. That one is more in the beginning stages. My band Figurine finished our first new song in forever just recently, hopefully we can get to more soon.
What is your favorite Dntel track?
I have different types of attachments to different songs… but I really like "Loneliness Is Having No One To Miss", it reminds me of being younger and I’ve always really liked the melody and I still remember being really excited about figuring out how to make those drill n bass style frantic beats.
You've collaborated with a lot of different artists, if you could choose 3 more of your choice whom would they be?
Ian Masters, Martin Gore, and Neil Tennant.
Do you have any other projects we should know about?
I do radio shows for dublab.com, the show’s called Dying Songs. Hopefully soon it’ll start being a weekly, live broadcast. Also I have a noise/improv type band with some friends from Dublab called Golden Hits. also I have a Dntel soundcloud page that has a lot of free downloads.
I've gotta ask, any word on a new Postal Service album?
If you could re-record/re-write any soundtrack of your choice, which one would you pick and why?
Maybe 'Badlands'? The real soundtrack is totally perfect but it would be fun to do an electronic score just for fun.
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Ug, maybe My Bloody Valentine’s 'Loveless'? That’s always been a good multi-purpose record, it works equally well as a heavy rock record or as an ambient record to go to sleep to. But really I couldn’t handle listening to only one record, I barely listen to any records more than a couple times.
Are you living your dream?
I feel like I’m always stressed out or depressed about something. But being able to make a living from music is definitely dream-y, but also probably a dream I’ll wake up from eventually!
Dntel is currently working on new music left and right, in the mean-time make sure to follow his soundcloud page for a ll the freebies you can handle...