Blaise Lucey and Tim Winslow created a band Job Creators together to express all their political insights and fears about technology taking over human intelligence. Creating visuals and layering rhythms with famous governmental messages, they are able to send their audience into a mathematical trance where you might find answers to all these rhetorical philosophies. Dancing and humor are intended and encouraged.
BTRtoday (BTR): Hey Blaise! Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you started the band!
Blaise Lucey (BL): I’ve been playing bass for about 10 years, I took two weeks of classes in high school but then I just became self-taught. Tim plays the drums and synthesizer and we released our first EP in 2013. But before that we tried really hard to create a real band, because a drummer and a bassist isn’t necessarily a traditional band. We went through six guitarists, one singer, and a saxophonist. At one point we were like, “okay we can’t keep making all these bands,” so we decided just to make music by ourselves and that’s how the band got started.
We used to really push political messages. Every song had some kind of sample–like Obama speaking. We had one about the British Petrol oil spill, which is an older song. And that’s how we even came up with the name “Job Creators,” because that was something they kept saying in previous elections, and we were like “what does that even mean?” and we thought it was funny, and now when we go play music and people announce that “Job Creators is next”–we just kind of laugh.
BTR: Why do you incorporate political messages?
BL: As a two-piece you want to have more invention in your music than just rhythm. There’s a way to communicate a message that isn’t pounding someone on the head, but it’s still perceived as important and still gets across. Lately, we’ve been experimenting with visuals, during our new shows this month we have visuals running in the background and a lot of it is about automation. That’s something we’ve been thinking a lot about: one of the visuals is footage from the Google data center and it’s an idea that everything you are can be digitalized and how does that affect people? Our next album that we’re recording is called “Systems Online” and it stems from the ideas of where does the virtual end and reality begin, essentially when you’re a person but there’s all this online stuff going on.
For one of our new songs, titled “Systems Online,” the visual is an old 1950s movie, where a robot comes to life and going to a robot concert where they all tumble and fall. It’s a funny idea where A.I. has come so far, but still can’t open a door at some point.
Another song in the set is called “Highly Recommended on Amazon,” that transitions to footage of someone on the Amazon website, looking at the Job Creators album and clicking “buy,” and that shifts to the facility that is inhabited by robots.
We’re experimenting. When you put rhythm to visuals it adds context, and that’s something we’ve been really pushing on.
BTR: So what are you trying to say with your music?
BL: Making people think about issues by dredging people with YouTube videos, layering conspiracy theorists over Russia Today, creating almost the Daily Show effect by aggregating a bunch of audio samples and playing them together and seeing how music affects it.
Recently we have become more crowd friendly: instead of blasting something about how the Gulf of Mexico is poisoned now, we’re now more focused on automation and focusing on balancing pessimism and optimism, because there’s too much pessimism out there; we’ve saturated ourselves with it.
We played election day and we thought about pulling up the first debate between Trump and Clinton, but at the end of the day the culture is saturated with it and how can we communicate a different message or make people think differently? With the new album we want people to think about their relationship with technology.
BTR: What’s your relationship with technology?
BL: During the day I work at a tech start-up, so I’m thinking about if technology is good or evil. I think we see that with Trump right now, because media became Twitter and media reported on Twitter and it was twitterization of the whole country. That was damaging, and when people become saturated with anything it confuses them, fragments them and people fall into these refracted realities.
So I’m always thinking about, “Should I put my phone in airplane mode?” for the next eight hours, otherwise you can’t concentrate on anything. If people aren’t careful they become short-circuiting creatures that are based on impulse rather than a long sustained discussion or thought.