By: Remington Fioraso
From Toronto, TV Sets is a lo-fi pop duo. Their debut EP, ‘Rat Tar Art’ is available on Bandcamp now. I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with the duo. Be sure to continue reading to find out more about TV Sets and check out their EP!
How did the two of you meet?
Angela: Josh was in another band at the time and the guy who played keys was unable to play a huge NXNE show at the last moment, so he asked me to fill the spot. After that, we just never stopped playing music together which gave birth to TV Sets.
Who are your influences?
Josh: Timbaland and Captain Beefheart
What have been some of your inspirations when writing?
Josh: Lately I’ve been inspired by stories. I love a good story and I love telling stories. It’s interesting that even though all of our stories are different, they have a common thread, a common theme. A need for love, acceptance, fun; a fear of loneliness, being broke, dying.
Angela: It’s heavy stuff but it’s interesting how much you learn about yourself when you listen to others. We want to capture a sense of truth in each song and tell a story about ourselves.
What can listeners expect to hear from your EP, “Rat Tar Art?”
Josh: Four home recorded experiments dressed up as pop songs.
Why did you choose to name your EP “Rat Tar Art”?
Josh: It appeared to us in a dream. In reality, it was much like our band name, over-analyzed to death. So we picked a few we liked and felt Rat Tar Art was best suited to our music.
Angela: Why? We were high on lack of sleep and black coffee.
In traditional Canadian Beats fashion, we like to include some fun questions to help fans get to know you a bit more!
What is your favourite TV show?
Angela: Right now it’s a mix of Sons of Anarchy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Big Brother.
What is your favourite or most memorable theme song?
Josh: Full House
Who was your first concert?
Angela: The Spice Girls. I’m pushing for Josh to yell “girl power” at the beginning of every set, but he’s still undecided.
What is your favourite thing to do in Toronto?
Angela: Seeing shows! Toronto has an awesome music scene.
Who are your favourite Canadian artists?
Josh: Eric’s Trip, Caribou, Drake and Limblifter
Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
Angela: Our plan was to seal a kiss in each EP copy bought. Then we found out everything gets done online…so the kisses have been minimal. If you have downloaded our EP, and would like to collect your e-kiss, send us a message on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/tvsetsband and we will reply with an e-kiss emoji.
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!