“More explosive than Explosions In The Sky.”
That is the line Kristian Dunn pulled out of my ramblings after turning the first question — How would you describe your sound? — back on me. Enchanted by the description, Dunn – on the phone from a tour pit stop at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream HQ – went on to say that even though El Ten Eleven, an guitar-and-drum duo from LA, plays instruments, they are very influenced by electronic music.
“That is really what we listen to. That’s why we are so surprised when people tell us they like us and Explosions In The Sky because we don’t ever listen to Explosions In The Sky… No disrespect to them or anything.”
Getting together in 2002 and debuting in 2003, the instrumental power house (Dunn on guitar and Tim Fogarty on drums) has been touring for a majority of its existance; seeing their start of headlining in 2012. Dunn reminisces about how the two got together telling me that he had been a part of many traditionally set up bands before, and simply did not like the democracy thinking he would be better at taking charge. After meeting in an attempted band of a mutual friend, Dunn decided to start his own project and knew he wanted Fogarty to be the drummer.
“He was the only person I knew that played electronic drums…” Dunn mentions and then goes on about the first band practice. Thinking that they would need a third person in the group, Fogarty introduced Dunn to a little tool called a looper pedal. Borrowing one from a friend, the two practiced again.
“[We] tried it out at band practice and our eyes just popped open, and we thought ‘Oh my god, maybe we could just do this just the two of us! How cool would that be, to just be a duo?’”
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