Watch the band perform three "Mondo" songs in this Tastemakers @ Sunrise session and talk musical ritual and more.
Photos: Electric Guest's Tastemakers Session
Electric Guest, the L.A.-based duo comprised of Asa Taccone and Matthew "Cornbread" Compton, brought its blend of electronic-touched indie rock to the deck of The London West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles for a Billboard Tastemakers session one morning recently, and sat down to chat how not living like rock stars helps make them rock better. Watch VT's Tastemakers @ Sunrise videos here, featuring the the guys performing three of tunes from 2012 debut album "Mondo" -- "The Bait," "Amber" and "This Head I Hold."
Eating well, exercising often and hitting the studio even when they're not necessarily inspired is part of the decidedly un-glamourous regimen that allows Electric Guest maximum creativity, they tell Billboard. "It's important to go in and try to write something," Compton says. "Even if you aren't sure if anything will come out. It's just important to keep with the ritual of going to the studio and working on your craft."
That ritual has served Electric Guest well. 2012 was whirlwind for the group. The last 12 months saw them releasing the Danger Mouse-produced "Mondo," performing at major U.S. music events like SXSW and appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
The duo, which is larger in it's live incarnation chose new single "The Bait" to be part of its Tastemakers @ Sunrise session, and Taccone explains the tune is about, "the daily things that pull you in culturally that maybe we should try to stay away from."
While Electric Guest have yet to announce U.S. tour dates, the group already has big plans for 2013. They will be heading to the U.K. for a series of shows that begins in February.