Record Attempts first took our eye when a single by the name of ‘Roll’ was released a few months ago. The track (located on the linked Souncloud) was initially created for a skate film which was never quite finished and has since had a slew of spins around the office. After a little investigation, we realized that the man behind it all was Michael Belsar of Hunting Grounds and the Splendour in the Grass conquering Twinsy. Yesterday saw the release of another effort from the producer, but this time it came in the form of a remix of ‘America’ by The Delta Riggs. The remix is a big sounding, layered psych rock effort with a Saxophone solo that totally blew us away whilst not detracting from the strength of the original. We took some time to catch up with Michael earlier today!
I OH YOU: Thanks for chatting to us, Michael! Can you give us an idea of when you started producing and releasing as Record Attempts?
Record Attempts: I guess last year, I didn’t really plan on it being anything. It just started out as what I called ‘my left over songs’ on iTunes. Then I decided to one day release some stuff. I have like 4 albums worth on here that doesn’t seem to be usable for either band I’m in. Maybe I’ll release it, maybe I won’t
I OH YOU: Some readers may not be aware that you’re also heavily involved in two other projects: Hunting Grounds and Twinsy. Do you see this project as an outlet to create music which would otherwise not fit under either of those names in the future?
Record Attempts: I guess. I don’t really know what it is yet. I like the idea of putting out random music online for anyone to enjoy. I don’t want this to have a genre or direction, it’s just whatever it is.
I OH YOU: Rad! Can you give us some background on how this remix ‘America’ by Delta Riggs came about?
Record Attempts: Well I’m friends with the dudes and Dan (Michael Tramonte’s brother) must have hassled them or something to ask me, and I guess they caved. As soon as I got asked I jumped at the idea, I’ve actually never done any form of a remix before (apart from a joke one for Michael from Gung Ho) so it seemed like a sweet thing to do. I was just stoked to be asked to be honest, I’ve always loved their band.
I OH YOU: We really loved the idea of introducing new instrumentation into the remix, specifically the Saxophone solo! If you could pick one modern artist or song to remix, who would it be?
Record Attempts: (Laughs) Thanks! I guess Radiohead but that would be far far too scary. Or maybe Gonjasufi. I’d have to get really good first though, I think!
I OH YOU: We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for the entire King of Limbs remix LP via Record Attempts! Before we let you go, do you have anything else planned for the project?
Record Attempts: I can’t give too much away but at the moment there’s work on a collaboration which features Animation/Film/Short novel/Pop song aspects which I’m really excited about!
I OH YOU: I really would like to press you for more on this, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Thanks for chatting to us, Michael! Psyched to see what’s next!
Record Attempts: Anytime!