[FEATURE] SINGLES CLUB
We spoke to Jeffrey from Singles Club - a quarterly record subscription project him and his close friend Chris came up with as a means to combine their love for the physical and digital sides of music. Every quarter, subscribers are sent a limited edition 7" from their featured artist of that month. The a-side of the record is an exclusive single while the b-side is an interview with that artist speaking of their creative process and is paired with additional online features.
Read our interview with Jeffrey below, and scroll down to stream the playlist they made for us. Make sure you keep an eye out on our Twitter and Instagram for chance to win one of their cool lapel pins!
When did you first fall in love with music?
Although I may not be able to pinpoint the exact moment, I have very fond memories of music always being played in my house growing up. Lots of classic rock, jazz, and folk. One specific memory that always comes to mind during long drives on family vacations is listening to the Beatles best of album 1 as the Beatles were always something we could all agree on. I'll never forget singing a long and thinking even then, holy shit music is incredible.
You describe The Singles Club as "part record club, part music journal", We're intrigued, please explain.
That's really just our way of explaining what we do in simplest form. The record club project ties in to the subscription service we offer delivering a limited edition 7" record to your door every quarter from our featured artists. We house all of our additional long-form, photo, and video content over on our journals at singlesclub.fm. That's where the opportunity comes to really take a deeper dive into the artist.
How did you meet and how was the concept born?
Chris and I met at college in Baltimore. Eventually we started playing music and touring together in a project that eventually came to an end. With both of us having made the move in NYC and toying with the idea for a while, we landed on Singles Club. It took us a while to develop it, but I think we're onto something here!
How do these exclusive tracks with artists come about? Is it a collaborative effort between you and the artists?
This first year we were lucky enough to work with musicians we had formed relationships with over the past few years of touring, booking shows, etc. These were all people we are lucky to call friends and people whom we admire. Everyone was fantastic to work with and really supported us as we were just getting out feet wet with this project.
We would like to say kudos on your exquisite taste in music. Where do you discover the majority of your music? Furthermore, what is your selection process for discovering artists to feature?
Thank you! While I think we both have a handful of music blogs, magazines, etc that we frequent, I still find the majority of our music discovery to come from word of mouth. From friends and family. I love getting that out of the blue email from a friend being like, you just have to hear this. In terms of our selection process for our artists, we are ultimately looking for people who not only make incredible music, but have a unique story to tell. People making honest, real music.
Your aesthetic is beautiful, is all of the design done in-house by the Singles Club?
All the design is handled by Chris Muccioli, my partner for the project. He puts an immense amount of care into everything he touches and I feel super lucky to have someone as talented him to handle that side of things. I would be utterly lost when it comes to that. Chris is a beast.
Let's talk Brooklyn. What are your favorite music venues + spaces to hear live music? Go!
Recently I've really enjoyed seeing shows at Baby's All Right. Since opening they seem to have really gotten their act together and are becoming a solid venue. Being a Greenpoint dude, I also dig St. Vitus and am lucky enough to be within walking distance of Rough Trade as well. I think their live performance space is great. There is a newer space called Palisades I caught a Woodsman show at not too long ago that has a ton of potential.
Let's talk New York. What are your thoughts on living and operating in the city of hustle?
It can be utterly overwhelming, confusing, and challenging at times but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's what makes you work hard/play hard and if you can manage to focus on doing what it is you REALLY want to be doing, it can be such an incredible place to do creative work.
We noticed that you presented at the Silent Barn during CMJ. How was the event and is this something that you will be doing more of?
Unfortunately I was out of town for that event so didn't get to see it first hand but had some folks tell me it wound up being a really nice night. Trevor from Woodsman had a large hand putting that together so it was fun to work with him on that. Definitely something we want to be doing more of in 2015. Keep an eye out.
Where is your club house located and are there rules for entry?
Haha. We mainly operate out of Chris' apartment in South Williamsburg, but definitely have a lot of coffee shop meetings/kind of work wherever someone will have us. The dream would be to have a small studio/office of some sort I suppose. A dude can dream.
How do all of us inquisitive folks become a member of The Singles Club?
Best way is to head to SinglesClub.fm and start with a subscription! Follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook, etc. and be sure to stay tuned for lots of updates on Volume 2.
Below is a selection of songs hand picked by the gentlemen of The Singles Club.