Volume 92, Issue 54
Wednesday, December 9, 1998
and to all a goodnight
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Joydrop into Metasexual sounds
Photo by Joseph Cultice
By Aaron Wherry
The jump from small time indie band to major label success can be overwhelming for any band, but Tara Slone and the members of Joydrop have taken this transition in stride.
"We weren't surprised. I mean we were very determined from the outset. We had a plan that we adhered to very strictly. We practiced a lot, we worked very hard on writing new material and we spent a lot of our own money on the demo, doing it with a really good producer. That was our plan. We wanted to do that, so we didn't really take any failures into account and we were lucky enough to land it quickly," Slone explains.
Quickly would be an understatement. The quartet began working together after Slone answered an advertisement in a newspaper in January of 1997, requesting a lead singer. It was placed by the three other members of Joydrop, Thomas Payne, Tom McKay and Tony Rabalao. After producing a demo and playing a few showcases in North America, the band was signed in August. Luckier still was the signing to the record label Tommy Boy, which recently decided to expand past its predominately rap sound to rock.
"It was just really good timing in that they were looking to start up a rock division and that was right when we were sending out our demos," Slone says. "So they really liked us. The whole company came to see us in New York and we had a meeting with them. It just seemed they had a lot on the line, a lot to prove starting a new division and that meant they had to pay a lot of attention to us, which they have. We've been a priority there and that's been really good for us."
The band's single "Beautiful" has received major radio and video play over the last few months but Joydrop is not an overnight success.
"We didn't tour Canada before as Joydrop, but we've all spent many years working at our various crafts. It's not like I woke up one day and decided I wanted to be a singer and then did it. It's not like Thomas hasn't been playing guitar since he was 11 and Tony playing drums and Tom playing bass. We've all worked very hard to get where we are now, so it is a little bit insulting. I think basically people who say that don't know what they're talking about," Slone retorts.
Success has pushed Slone, the former opera and theatre student and part-time character on the television show Nikita, to the forefront because in a rock industry where sex sells, she has become a sex symbol to some who follow the band.
"I have to say I don't really consider myself a sex symbol. I guess it's just in the eye of the beholder. You kind of live with that as a woman, in general, by virtue of society," Slone explains. "It is flattering, but I hope it doesn't interfere with people's appreciation of the music. I hope they can get past that and my experience so far is that people are really into our music."
Slone and her bandmates have been able to look beyond many of these labels and their rather quick rise to fame, while still maintaining a focus on their objective as a band. Goals, Slone says, are encapsulated in the title of the band's debut album, Metasexual.
"For me, sex is the thing that we all have in common, what we all love to do, fixate on and talk about and having an orgasm is the ultimate thing. And getting beyond that, to a higher level, is kind of inconceivable. So to me Metasexual is about going beyond your greatest limit," Slone says.
"We work really hard and we all love music so much, so for us that's what music is all about. Music transcends everything. That's what we want to do we want to take people there."
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