Dirty Beaches Mini Interview (playing ATP's End Of An Era Part 2 this November)

Wednesday 7th August, 2013

This November we will be putting on two final UK holiday camp festivals in Camber Sands, UK under the banner The End Of An Era. The first weekend is sold out, with tickets available now for Weekend 2 curated by ATP & Loop. Tickets and more info on the event are available now from this link. See below for another in a series of mini interviews with bands playing the event. This time Dirty Beaches have given us their answers and you can check out out a track from them at our Soundcloud...

Name Of Artist: Dirty Beaches

Hometown: Taipei, Honolulu, Montreal

Year Formed: 2005


Dirty Beaches is the sound of waves against a picturesque and putrid shore, the silent rumble of a Chevy as it speeds by in slow motion. Sparse but condensed, relentlessly edging forward: this is music for locomotive travel, for racing your weary motorcycle through neon archways and into dusky tunnels. The man behind Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai; solo performer, sound-smith, and trans-Pacific nomad. Born in Taiwan, Hungtai has made Toronto, Honolulu, Montreal, and Vancouver his homes. Like Bo Didley or minimalist synth provocateurs Suicide, Dirty Beaches’ compositions are not so much stripped down as refined to their essence. Drum loops entrance, Hungtai’s croon enchants, and the yearning melodies draped overtop belie as much a sense of haunting mystery as they do romanticism and wry humour.

Do your best to describe your sound in one sentence:

Live Love Drive.

What are the most recent activities of your band?

Asia, Russia, Europe tour.

How excited are you to play this event?

Stokedddddddddddd y'all.

How do you feel about being asked to play the last ever ATP holiday camp event?

Very very very very yeah.

Do you have a connection with the curators / an idea why you were chosen to play?

I met Robert from Loop at Primavera and he was a really nice dude. Feel honored that Robert invited us to play this ATP.

Which of your releases do you feel ATP attendees should check out first?

There's so many. They can just go to the Dirty Beaches bandcamp and they can stream whatever they want.

Is there one of your tracks you think specifically represents you best?

No not really.

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you're excited about seeing?


If you were curating, name three bands you'd want to play your event...

Andy Stott
Death Grips
Mykki Blanco

If you could pick one record release in the last year which would you recommend?

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems.

And what's the best gig you've seen in the last year?

Gary Wilson.

What have your previous experiences at ATP been like? Any favourite memories?

Was stoked to see Jah Shaka, The Locust, and K-Holes at I'll Be Your Mirror London.