"Where are all of you originally from?"
"Why did you decided to settle in Brooklyn?"
"What made you ultimately decide on signing with WeAreFree and what's it like to be on a smaller label?"
"How influential is WeAreFree on the musical creativity process, if they are at all? With the upcoming album, did they choose a producer for you, or is that your own choice?"
I also found some great videos of interviews with Yeasayer. Here's one, courtesy of xlr8r.com, where they discuss the making of pop music, production values of songs, and feelings about major labels:
Here's another video, courtesy of mtv.com, that focuses on the Brooklyn scene in general, and Yeasayer and other bands such as Grizzly Bear and A Place to Bury Strangers talk a little bit about the shift of the NYC music scene to Brooklyn:
In this one, courtesy of nynoise.tv, Yeasayer performs 2080, a single from their album All Hour Cymbals, for KEXP, then they answer a few interview questions about such things as where they're all from and how they got their name out there. I guess what I found most interesting about this video, which I just saw for the first time tonight (Monday, April 13) was that new york noise decided to show their Yeasayer segment and their MGMT music video back to back. I'm not sure why they did this, but I like it, and it makes me feel like I've picked two bands that other people maybe are trying to look at together too. Anyway, here's the video:
So, I'm going to be trying to look at why bands choose indie labels over major labels (with the focus being on those that I've chosen from Brooklyn). I may also be exploring more the idea of selling out, what it means to other people, what it means to bands, etc. I'm really hoping that Yeasayer gets back to me by the time the final blog post is due. I also am going to try to get in contact with MGMT, and if I can't do that, I'm hoping I will at least be able to talk to one of Columbia's reps to see what they do in terms of producing their bands, and also how the promotional aspects of their company works. Along that same idea, I think I'm going to see the same thing with Yeasayer's label We Are Free.