They’ve taken dance music out of the nightclubs and into the rock clubs with their funk-heavy electropop, and now Jacuzzihidive is here to tell you how it’s done.
What does Jacuzzihidive sound like?
"When we originally set out to create the music for this project, it was a big leap into the unknown. We had quite varied musical tastes between us, but decided that we had two things in common: Parliament Funkadelic and Fleetwood Mac. Not saying that is what we sound like, it was just the initial bond that gave way to Jacuzzihidive. Our debut release, ‘Night Creatures,’ features a mix of palatable, funk-infused electropop with a few songs leaning more towards the bedroom rock sound, with more guitar and less synthesizer. With female-fronted bands, more often than not the vocals tend to be the general focus. With us, we really strived to make the music just as important and relevant. Our songs are all quite beat driven and employ the use of catchy melodies to tie everything together, a simple formula, actually."
Your tunes are often suggestive of good times and late nights. Does Las Vegas manifest itself in your music much?
"Naturally, life in Las Vegas in one way or another influenced the lyrics to all of the songs on ‘Night Creatures,’ although it may not be outwardly obvious. As for the music, we think it’s more of a reflection of places we’ve been or want to go rather than Vegas itself. Good times and late nights can happen anywhere though, that’s one of the many perks to being alive."
People are accustomed to dancing to DJs more than live bands these days. Is that a trend you’d like to see reversed?
"Yes. Bringing ‘live’ music back to the dance floor has been something that Jacuzzihidive has been 100 percent committed to since day one. With music suited for a club setting, nowadays it seems people have been spoiled by the instant gratification of a DJ playing two- to three-minute clips of songs they hear all the time and passing it off as entertainment. This is happening for a number of reasons, mainly because there are not enough bands/artists attempting to play club-friendly music live, and also because people’s tastes and attention spans have been desensitized by the negative aspects of modern culture. To us, it seems like dance music is getting less melodic by the day, with the use of more abstract sounds and samples. But that’s where we come in. We want to stay true to melody and rhythm while still embracing technology and really putting an effort in pushing things forward within the music community.
People once set fire to disco records. What are some records that you’d like to return the favor to?
"Freedom of expression is something we’re really supportive of, even when it may not be our cup of tea. Although we don’t condone burning of records (what a waste!), we might have to reconsider if Akon and Nickleback got together to collab on an album."
Check out Jacuzzihidive at jacuzzihidive.com.
Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@ reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0476.