Did a brief e-mail interview recently Josh Ocean, singer with New York-based electronic/pop punk band TV/TV. They are currently unsigned, but certainly not for long.
How did you all first get together?
I started the band as a music project with my roommate in our East Village apartment. The goal was to write pop music that we wanted to listen to and play small clubs around the city. We booked a residency at Piano's on the lower east side and when we needed a drummer and bass player we searched MySpace. We first found Francois and later Camillie. Francois and I from New York and Camillie is from New Jersey.
You had a pretty big name producing team to record your EP, without label backing. Was it hard to convince them to produce your record?
Actually no. Zack and Kenneth were very into the band since we first e-mailed them a demo of "Indie Rock Girl". They were busy working on the "Band in a Bubble" (Cartel) show on MTV, but we were the first band they contacted when they got out of the bubble.
Why did you choose them?
We wanted to get out of the city to record for a few reasons. Most of all we knew that they would bring a real pop sound to our more rock and indie type songs.
Are you surprised by the amount of attention you have gotten after the release of the EP?
Yes. It blows my mind to think that we put the band together in five months and then recorded the EP. The buzz that followed was pretty crazy. The craziest thing to me is that the buzz seems to keep growing.
Do you plan on signing to a label or trying to go it alone for awhile?
Yes. We will definitely sign with a label when we feel the time is right.
What's the toughest thing about doing all this alone, without a label?
We have to pool our resources to make everything work.
What's the upside?
We own everything and we have complete control.
Do you all still hold day jobs? Is it hard to tour around those schedules?
We are in limbo at the moment. It is really hard to have a job when you are home from tour for a few weeks then have to go out again.
Have you started writing a full length yet?
We have just been focused on writing for the new EP coming out in early 2009.
What's next for the band?
We are playing the entire Warped Tour in 2009. We will release a music video and continue to tour non-stop.
Anything else you want to add?
Check us out at http://www.tvtvrock.com/. I just ask people who haven't heard us to take a listen because that’s all it takes.