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Hailing from two continents and three different states, The Master Tapes is a raw mix of jazz, rock, funk, and blues. The band’s style is almost as diverse as their last names. Kate Schneider of Alexandria, Virginia on the mic; Max Azarmehr of Austin, Texas on drums; Avi Pavlovich of Tel Aviv, Israel on guitar; and the one and only Max Bartges, NYC native, on bass

In anticipation of their live show with us on August 12th at 8:30PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home-base in New York to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
MASTER TAPES: Indie Jazz (with components of Indie + Jazz + Rock + Funk + Pop & Soul)

BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
MT: Formed in (around ) 2017 by Brooklyn based songwriter and music producer/videographer Ksound Kvision. We are quarter => Female vox, guitarist, bassist, and drummer

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MT: All Jazz and Funk Rock giants. Besides that? Artists like Paul Klee and Agnes Martin (long list) and Directors like Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam (again, looooong list)

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
MT: To be signed with management and to travel, to play huge festivals and not only here, but also overseas

BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
MT: Our tunes are Love Songs. Songs are written and produced by Ksound Kvision 

BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
MT: Mostly through Instagram and Bandcamp. We are working on Facebook page (needs little more quality material, both audio and visual, than we have at this moment

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
MT: We are nothing close to "shows" like Jackson family ...we are simple, pretty basic, nothing flashy or puffy... it's all about music and ability to play it right

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
MT: Anything goes approach...no problem with that

BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
MT: It is the way it is. We are not in charge of doing any serious adjustments, so... But it could be better, that's for sure

BN: What's your claim to fame?
MT: We don't have an answer for this one... sorry

BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
MT: Writing music, producing music... recording music

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
MT: Absolute and pure to the bones love for music

BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
MT: Annoying loud talk and caughing at movies or classical music concerts.

BN: How does music affect you and the world around you? 
MT: This whole world exists just because music is still alive... Can you imagine life without it? 

BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
MT: Nothing really important... we moved to Protools from Ableton. 

BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
MT: The band should be practicing at least 4 days a week to be in perfect shape, we practice only twice ...everyone on board is busy with their jobs and personal lives ..so...that's it

BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
MT: Sound engineers and gear (both the best and worst) 

Steven Padernacht