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Funk Gumbo Radio is proud that indie rock duo Analogue Transit has done our Funk Gumbo 5. Analogue Transit’s debut album on iTunes is called ATR. BIO: The name speaks for itself: Analogue Transit represents the transition of sound from
analog to digital. The members of the group, Kwaku Aning and Jeff Shreiner, have taken the basis for their sound and christened themselves with it. The Brooklyn-based duo, however, is more than just a catchy name. Artistically methodical in their approach, the two musicians incorporate both analog and digital techniques to make music that is progressive and forward-thinking without losing the lovingly hand-crafted touch of analog production. To be clear, though, this is not the tired battle of old school vs. new school. Rather, Analogue Transit place themselves in an alternate universe where the old and new co-exist, engaging in a seamless dialog uninterrupted by disputes between generations and things lost in transition. Analogue Transit’s debut ATR marks the realization of a concept several years in its formation. The album strongly showcases the individual talents of the band members who, after five years of working together on various projects, stripped down their personnel and their approach and produced an album of power and grace. ATR is a marriage in which neither partner eclipses the other; both the art of the process and the beauty of the end product are equally present.

Kwaku Aning
Mild-mannered music teacher by day, Kwaku plays lead guitar and lends his salt and pepper vocals to the recorded music, which is then improvised and reiterated on stage

Jeff Shreiner
Jeff is the production wunderkind that pushes and pulls sounds into shapes, helping them achieve equilibrium

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6-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson – Funk Gumbo Radio

Funk Gumbo 1: Since Analogue Transit embodies the transition
from analog to digital how is that reflected in your music and do you feel any burden to be digital music activists that shun traditional corporate label deals and CD “sales driven” music distribution methods?

Kwaku: That is an interesting issue b/c corporate label model has been proven to fail for
artists, in fact we were signed for 2 years and it didn't really help us that much. I don't see anything wrong with selling as many cd's or mp3's as you can but I don't feel that should determine an artist’s value in the music industry.

Jeff: With that being said, we are talking about two different things, the music and the
medium. We embrace all the available mediums such as CD, Digital download, Vinyl, etc.,...However we still keep the focus on the music and try not to let such limitations prevent and or box us in to any one thing. At this point Analog and digital have become one for us. They are tools and nothing more. We have had more success connecting with people at shows and performing than selling our music digitally. At any moment that could change...and that’s fine with me.

Funk Gumbo 2: Was there any initial disagreement that Analogue
Transit was too “cerebral” or “esoteric” a name for a new band? And were there other alternative group names that you seriously considered before you both agreed on this one? Kwaku: I feel that we've had that debate about several aspects of this band but at the end of the day we want this band to represent who we are as people and that includes our silly side and our cerebral side. Before choosing this name we were toying with "Rapid Audio Response" but we decided against it because I had used that name with a previous band and we wanted a name to represent the kind of music we were creating not just something that sounded cool.
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Jeff: We haven't had any real disagreements. There was a time when we both said "what
are we going to call this". Like Kwaku said, we did toy with some other names however Analogue Transit seemed to really stick for us.

Funk Gumbo 3: How does working a 9 to 5 job influence your
music or your long term career goals being artists?

Kwaku: It has made me more business minded. A few years ago I would play every gig
that was offered to us. But having a 9-5 makes you examine the bottom line a little more (i.e. Where is the gig, how much does it cost to get there, Will we make fans or play to an empty room, is it more beneficial for us to stay home and work on new music) We want to have a career in music so it has made me treat music as more of a profession.

Jeff: In ways it makes me sad, knowing that the thing I love (music) is patiently waiting to
consume my every day. It becomes hard to find the energy and the will to come home after an exhausting day and be creative. Finding time to sleep and eat right becomes more of a priority. In other ways it is exhilarating to leave the job or take off for a gig or work on a new production. Totally immersing myself into another word. It’s a tough balancing act to stay sane and I don't recommend it.

Funk Gumbo 4: What do you think are the pros and cons with so
many singers today trying to achieve overnight music stardom on popular music reality TV shows like “American Idol”, “The Voice” or the upcoming "X-Factor"?
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Kwaku: The shows are a double edged sword. From one perspective it gives musicians an
amazing opportunity to showcase their talents to a large audience. Additionally we have friends who have been working musicians for a long time and this process has really helped them launch their careers. The other side of this is that some of these shows turn music into a beauty contest (i.e. those who look good on camera are the ones who are successful on these shows) At the end of the day if the artists is good than I think they should use whatever means necessary to get their music out there.

Jeff: The pro is you get noticed/ recognition from a very large audience. The con, most
people are not ready for the scale of recognition either talent wise or mentally. Also it really dilutes the music scene. Those type of shows put average singers and performers out on the biggest stages with some of the best musicians all in the name of the mighty dollar. In doing so, a certain specialness is lost to the craft. It's more of a mockery to the artists out there. However it’s a means to an end for certain people. At the end of the day, entertainment is a business and those shows are a gigantic force in the music industry today.

Funk Gumbo 5: Can you describe the creative process in Analogue
Transit? And is writing your lyrics and producing your music a 50/50 collaborative process?

Kwaku: This band is great b/c it is a 50/50 process and the process happens in different
ways. We can each come in w/a song basically written or we can come in w/parts which we work on together. Since Jeff has an engineering background he produces most of the music and asks me for my feedback before we finish a song. As far as lyrics go, sometimes Jeff writes lyrics and I add to them like on "Breathe", sometimes we sit down and work on them together, but most of the time I write the lyrics and get feedback from Jeff.

Jeff: The process is, there is no process. There’s no calculation or formula behind what we
do. Most of it happens by chance. Kwaku and I have been writing songs long enough that we know how to do it. We have either a feeling of what we want at that exact moment and go from there, or there is a recurring idea that we hash out to make sense of in song format. We both have a basic understanding of what a song should be...from start to finish is always an interesting journey and almost never sounds the way it did from the start.
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