When you see the words Child Actor, it probably conjures up images of Macaulay Culkin, Drew Barrymore or Ben Mitchell off of Eastenders. This time, you’d be wrong to think so, Child Actor are an up and coming duo from Boston. Besides, Ben Mitchell’s far too busy for an interview. You might not have heard of Child Actor before but all this is due to change.
With a debut album out this year and a friendship with the guys behind MGMT, you’ll soon be seeing lots more of Sedgie Ogilvy (vocals) and Max Heath (keyboards). Max recently took some time out of the duo’s busy schedule to talk to us; here’s what he had to say…
What inspired you to start the band?
I visited Sedgie a couple years ago and she showed me a new song of hers. It was a very peaceful and beautiful song but I was struck with the urge to try to make it explode. That set the tone for pretty much every future song of ours.
What genre would you place Child Actor under?
It’s easy to say “indie” so I will.
Who/What do you consider to be your biggest influences?
Madlib and J Dilla are pretty big influences for me. Before Child Actor I spent years earnestly trying imitate their sound as closely as I could. Old K Records and Elephant 6 bands are other pretty important reference points. Another big influence is my wildly inaccurate recollection of what Paula Abdul sounds like.
What bands are you enjoying yourself at the moment?
Probably my favourite music this year has been from the Chromatics. Some inspiring beats on the new Alchemist album. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Morrissey, pretty excited to finally see a show of his very soon. I can only hope he yet again says something for which he will be notorious and beloved.
Where do you see Child Actor in three years time?
There are many possibilities, but it’s pretty hard to imagine a scenario where we won’t still be making music at the very least.
What can we expect from your debut album*?
Laurie Anderson meets Three 6 Mafia.
Any plans for a UK tour at any point?
I would love to do that but I’m afraid we’ll have to wait for demand to mount and our schedules to clear. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out for the coming year.
What’s been a band highlight for you so far?
We’re a pretty young band, so just turning the original seed of an idea into a coherent album has been a thrill. I think that’s why “Victory” was the first word that popped into my head when I thought of what to call it.
What’s been the band’s best and worst gigs so far and why?
We’ve only done one, which was a little walk-on cameo to sing our parts on our songs with our friends and label-mates Dark Time Sunshine. Those guys are awesome so I’m gonna call it “best.”
What’s next for Child Actor?
Right now we’re in the process of finishing up some videos. We shot a pretty psychedelic one for “If You Loved Me” that I’m going to finish editing this week, hopefully. We have some concerts lined up and I’m looking forward to seeing how people respond to this in a live setting. Also, I just finished making some crème brûlée so I have to torch that shit pretty soon. Just felt like ending this interview on a real snobby tip.
*Child Actor’s debut album; ‘Victory’ is released by Fake Four on 16th October 2012.
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Interview conducted by Rob Smith