We constantly feature new & notable indie artists that drive innovation in all aspects of songwriting, production & performance. Meet our latest featured artist in an exclusive interview. Introducing You To Your Next Favorite Artist: LaCore
Comments from the Curators
Review by Josh S. Pineda, Founder & Curating-Editor
Jeff Thompson’s projects (such as IndieBeat Featured artist Strangeheart) are personal favorites of mine and it’s always great to see what he’s up to in his artistry. Jeff is starting anew with the fantastic LaCore, an indie-pop project that is just vibing with a fresh Cali-nightlife energy. LaCore’s influences seem to reminisce The Bangles and The Police but with a contemporary flare of originality in its awesomely textured and crescendoing production effects, this fits perfectly on my Moody Dancing playlist as it makes you want to move and brood at the same time. With addicting vocal rhythmics that are filled with hooks, combined with loose and intertwining jangling guitar, scratchy guttural bass lines, and glistening synth ornamentation, it fits into today’s revived 80s-inspired fascination but with enough modernity to make it sound forward and advanced. Bottomline is that “Skulls” reinvigorates with an accessible, yearning, biting edge that has me telling Jeff right back “please be there for me,” in creating more well-layered scenic pop-rock music with his defined, unassuming, feel-good vision.
What are your top 3 favorite albums that inspired you to get into music?
Weezer – Blue Album; The Get Up Kids – Red Letter Day EP; Pedro the Lion – Control.
What are your fondest musical memories?
Lately I’ve been listening to the Arctic Monkeys. I’m not really sure why. I saw them live a few years ago and didn’t really care for it, to be honest. All I knew of them at the time were the radio hits that came out, but now I’m more familiar with their other stuff and I really like it!
Lately what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener?
My fondest musical memory as an artist was having lunch with Elton John in London and hearing him tell me I sound like the singer from Talk Talk. I’ve never been fond of the vocals in Talk Talk but I took it as a huge compliment nonetheless.
As a listener I discovered a lot of music attending Popscene in SF back in 2011-12. The artists were always amazing and the Rickshaw Stop is one of my favorite venues.
What is your creative process like? How do you approach the writing process? Is there a particular message or theme central to your creative works?
My creative process is ever evolving. Right now it involves everything from writing and playing to engineering and producing. I do a lot more “live” recording these days so I’m also working with other musicians more than I used to, in particular drummers. I can program drums pretty well but can’t play them to save my life.
I’ve definitely wanted to make it a point to be more live with my production. It’s been a challenge, but I feel like the character of my songs really benefit from capturing that pushed air.
We’re a firm believer that the cities that artists are based in helps craft their sound. How would you describe your city’s music scene? How has it inspired you into crafting your sound?
I haven’t been as involved in the LA music scene as I used to be. And It’s been over a year since I played a show. But this record I’m working on, every song is inspired by something that has happened in LA.
How would you describe your visual aesthetic, in terms of album artwork, music videos, and artistry? How does the music you create contribute to your visuals? Does this extend to your live show experience?
I’m still working on the visual aspect I want for LaCore, but the direction I want to go is with more photography and less design work.
About music videos… If I could…and I may… never make a music video ever again. I really just want to make music (although I’m sure at some point I’ll get an idea for a music video).
As an indie artist in the digital age, social media and streaming are essential tools for marketing and promotion. What do you think about online music sharing, both as a music fan and as a musician? How do you think social media/music streaming services impacts the rising musician?
I am older than a lot of up and coming artists. I remember when people used to buy cassette tapes and kids were listening to cd’s on the way to school. Online music sharing and digital streaming is amazing! Maybe if I was a more successful artist I would feel differently. But to get my music heard in places that I would have never been able to reach in the past is pretty cool.
I have a whole different vibe toward social media. Some people say it’s a necessary evil. I really think it’s just not as necessary as we make it out to be. But if you dig it, then that’s cool.
What is your dream collaboration and why?
My dream collaboration has always been Robert Smith from The Cure. I would put myself in a studio with him and my good friend/collaborator Carlito. I think we would make some weird, awesome music.
Which songs are you currently obsessed with? What new acts do you recommend to our listeners? What bands do you believe are your best kept secret in the indie community?
Best kept secret in the indie community is Slugs. That’s all I can say. It’s a secret.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects?
Obviously finishing the first LaCore record and have another project coming out soon called CHEAP. My buddy Kosta and I are getting together once or twice a month, and trying to record a song a day from scratch. I’m really excited about both projects.