We caught up with Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett of the electronic duo Beacon between studio sessions to ask about their latest LP, life on tour, and what’s next in 2017.
In 2016 you released your LP ‘Escapements’, as well as multiple tours and festivals. What were your stand-out moments of the past year?
T- We played a town in Norway called Trondheim. The show was filled with transplants from all over Europe who moved to Norway for work, so the crowd was young and really diverse. At the end of the night, we ended up in an apartment with 30 or so people preparing a communal meal of Kebabs. We were there until the morning talking geopolitics, Scandinavian economy, and the US election with people from all over Europe while eating homemade kebab. It was really beautiful.
J- Playing in Barcelona was a definite highlight for me. I’ve wanted to visit that city for years, so getting to perform there was very special.
What are you most excited about for the year ahead?
T- Spending some much needed, uninterrupted time in our new studio. Maybe a couple writing retreats in lonely cabins upstate.
J- At the moment, writing. After being busy with touring, we’re really looking forward to getting back in that headspace. The winter is always good for that.
Tell us about your first Dr. Martens:
T- These are my first!
J- I’ve had a few pairs over the years, but I think the first ones I wore were stolen from my older brother. The classic 1460 boots in black. Sorry Dave.
List three tracks you can’t get enough of:
T- The Horn – Villager
Nitemoves – The Work
Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu
J- Nicolas Jaar – Killing Time
Heathered Pearls – Belleville Renderings Part 1
Tower of Light – Honey Resist
What’s your favourite thing about living in Brooklyn?
T- Right now, it’s being a 15-minute walk from my studio, bandmate, label, and multiple venues. I can’t imagine all the things I care most about being so close at another point in my life, so I’m trying to take advantage of it now.
J- It has changed so much since I moved here in 2002, but it still has an abundance of everything I want in a city. I still get the feeling that anything is possible here.
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