B-Sides: A lift up
Chairlift (www.chairliftmusic.com) became one of 2009’s breakout acts the newfangled way: an iPod commercial. Apple used “Bruises,” off Does You Inspire You, for a Nano ad, and the ’lift has risen ever since. Patrick Wimberly, 26, squeezed in a few minutes to talk jazz radio, producing, and how he’s not a songwriter.
LEO: How did you get to be a DJ?
Patrick Wimberly: I started a jazz radio show at the University of Colorado called “Jazz Hole.” I named it after a jazz bar on “The Simpsons” that Bleeding Gums Murphy used to play at. I did that every Saturday afternoon for four years, noon-2 p.m., while also studying jazz at the time and playing jazz vibraphone. I then moved to New York and worked for an Internet radio station called Breakthrough Radio. I continued doing that show until last December, when Chairlift’s touring schedule picked up.
LEO: What was your role in creating Does You?
PW: It was always one of the other two that would bring a song. (My role) was always one as arranger and producer, piecing together song ideas. I don’t really do the songwriting.
LEO: That commercial didn’t hurt.
PW: Apple came to us. We were on tour with Ariel Pink last summer, and we got an e-mail from them when we were coming through L.A. They said they wanted to send somebody to the show. About two weeks later, they sent another e-mail asking if we wanted to be in an ad.
LEO: You’re an Apple guy?
PW: Apple, definitely. Ever since Apple IIe …
LEO: Who are you working with now?
PW: Acrylics. The music centers around good songwriting, which is interesting to me right now, because there are so many bad songs.
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