Jared Simms and Voytek Korab originally formed their My Favorite Robot alias back in 2002 in Montreal, since then the duo initiated a label of the same name in 2008 and joined forces with Rekids affiliate James Teej to become a trio.
For a number of years the Robots have crafted a solid discography, releasing on fellow Canadian imprint No.19 Music, Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels and Sasha’s Last Night On Earth. My Favorite Robot’s ability to push their unique and mature sound not only shines through in their own records, but also in their ability to source upcoming and talented acts for their label, including Toronto’s Fairmont and Berlin based Sid Le Rock.
Recently, Simms and Korab parted ways with James Teej to become a duo for the second time.Recently, we sat down with the new look My Favorite Robot to find out what brought about the change, to discuss their new record and to catch a glipmse of what they have in store for the future.
Hi guys, thanks for talking to us. How are you and what have you been up to recently?
Always a pleasure to speak with you guys. We’re doing great. We just finished up a brand new EP and working on much more new music and as always getting ready to hit the road for some spring shows.
We see you are back to being the original duo. Could you tell us a little bit about the split?
It was kind of a gradual thing. With James having moved to Ecuador a couple years back to live with his wife and now new baby boy it changed our dynamic a bit. The distance made many aspects quite challenging and although we carried on, after some time had passed, it became evident that it was time for James and us to move on as separate acts so that we could all focus on the projects that we most hold dear.
What would you say makes the Canadian scene so fertile?
We wouldn’t say that it’s more fertile than any other scene but Canada has always been quite the fertile ground for new artists and the cities of Toronto and Montreal were always on the forefront of many different styles of music and events that helped the scene become what it is today.
Electronic music shifts and changes so fast these days, how do you keep musically relevant?
Well actually, the fact that the “sound du jour” changes so often we found that sticking to our guns and doing what we feel as artists is the best way to stay relevant. If we followed the trends these days we would probably be banging out hard techno or playing live flute over our sets while crying inside. Luckily we’ve always just done our thing and we found that our fans come to see us because they know they will hear something different than the norm.
Despite moving back to a duo, do you both prefer the creative process when there’s more than one person involved?
The dynamic is always different and more interesting when we work together. We always bounce ideas back and forth even when we work apart so that the final result has both of our personalities very present in it. The vocals are one aspect that’s usually done apart as it’s a more personal thing but everything else just comes more to life when everyone involved is a part of the process.
Can you tell us a little bit about your studio/live setup and how you go about organising it?
When we start a track, we usually keep it simple equipment wise using the bare minimum so that we really flush out the feeling or emotion of the track before we take it to a gear heaven of a studio in Toronto to polish and develop the song further. We’ve always been huge defenders of keeping things simple and working with the notion that you don’t need a mountain of gear to write good tunes that will stand the test of time.
Its been a while since you guys released on your own label, can you tell us a little bit about your new record?
It’s the first one since we’re back to a duo and we’re quite happy with the result. We wanted this one to be more dancefloor friendly than some of our other songs and all 3 tracks on the EP are exactly that. The tracks still have our feel but translate quite well onto the floor and the support so far has been great so we’re looking forward to getting back in the studio to finish up some more tunes for 2017.
Could you name 3 records you are really into right now and why?
1: Sascha Funke’s 'IFA EP' on Turbo is one of the best things out there these days. We’ve been playing it in all our sets and it’s just a gem.
2: Slow Porn’s 'Prise de Vue #1' on our label is also dope. A great compilation of indie electronica that really shows that the musical aspect is alive and well in this often techno saturated scene.
3: Sebastien Chenut’s 'Stranger Line' on Bordel is also one of our favourites these days.
What do you guys do outside of music to relax?
To be honest, since the split, it’s been music, music and music. We feel a renewed energy towards our project and so we’re head first into writing new stuff. We do make time to watch hockey though. We are Canadian after all.
What have My Favorite Robot got in store for the rest of 2017?
Our new EP ‘Want Some’ drops in April and there will be more original music coming later in 2017. The Robot factory is in full swing so we’re excited to share our new music with everyone. Lots of fun gigs coming up as well including SXM festival in Saint Martin, a tear through Russia, a return to Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza this summer and a bunch of shows we're excited about rolling out this summer. Shaping up to be a busy and productive year for us and we wouldn’t have it any other way!