This Wednesday, LES-based Destination Artist Touring Agency (DATA) will host their first CMJ showcase at Louie & Chan. The event boasts free admission and appearances from up-and-coming artists like Tiny Deaths, Denitia of Denitia & Sene, and Mattie Safer.
TLD contributor, Flora Theden, caught up with Claire de Lune, one half of Tiny Deaths duo (the other half is musician Grant Cutler) to talk about the upcoming showcase, Tiny Deaths’ latest EP, and her recent recording experience with Prince.
TLD: I have to ask. Where does the name Tiny Deaths come from?
CDL: It comes from the french phrase for orgasm, which is “le petit mort,” the little death, or the tiny death.
You were just featured on Prince’s new album. What was it like recording for Prince?
CDL: He [Prince] was on the property when we were recording, but he’s super mysterious and we only communicated via phone. Recording for Prince was a dream come true. Paisley Park is just as amazing as you would hope it would be. Everything is purple. And the motorcycle from Purple Rain is just parked in the lobby.
TLD: How would you describe your new EP?
CDL: I would describe it as moody and sexy and dreamy. I like to say it sounds like if “Twin Peaks” was set in in the cosmos.
TLD: What song are you psyched to perform at the CMJ showcase?
CDL: All of them! Seriously. You never know which song is going to resonate with people on any given night. I just like performing.
TLD: What’s the writing process like for you and Grant Cutler?
CDL: It kind of differs song to song, but generally speaking Grant will play me the skeleton of a beat he’s been working on, and then I will start writing over it, and then we’ll tweak it and change it based on what I wrote. Works pretty nicely that way.
TLD:What’s next for Tiny Deaths?
CDL: We’re working on a full length right now and plan to hit the road in December.
Wednesday, October 22nd // FREE // 8pm // 303 Broome Street