"The Dance Party channels Def Leppard, Madonna and Michael Jackson." - Interview

There’s a new music group on the scene called The Dance Party. Their sound channels everyone from INXS and Def Leppard to Madonna and Michael Jackson. Their debut album “Touch” comes out on September 28th. If you’re looking for a fun band that is out there to have a good time then The Dance Party is definitely for you. Recently I got a chance to chat with lead singer Mick Jones.

Q - How did you guys get together?

A - We formed a band for kicks and party purposes and then continued to improve and write better songs and then got a deal.

Q - How would you describe your sound?

A - I think our sound matches our influences and personalities. We like to enjoy ourselves in the presence of beautiful ladies. Our influences range from Michael Jackson to Def Leppard to The Killers to Prince to INXS. Our songs are built on melody. Once you get a dope melody, you add swag to it; then it’s a cool song. That’s the formula I guess.

Q - Why did you name yourself The Dance Party?

A - In DC (where we are from) people don’t dance at shows because they have to get up early for work. So we played some shows under the fake name Lando Calrissian and decided to name ourselves The Dance Party because peeps were actually dancing.

Q - What was it like working with outside musicians and producers who happened to be highly regarded and talented?

A - It pushed the bar for the record way up. It also gave us a ton of confidence. If your hero Justin Hawkins thinks what you’re doing is cool, then you feel good. People like Justin and David Paich from Toto just exemplify what it means to be pro rock stars.

Q - Your bio celebrates the partying lifestyle, with moving to Hollywood, performing in a strip club etc. Now that you're singed and are touring, how do you think all the partying has prepared you for the road?

A - To tell the truth, I’ve partied so hard this summer that I’m ready to get down to business. I want to flatten audiences every night. And when people don’t know who you are, you have to be on your game. So I’m not gonna party too much on tour, because I want to keep it together. But I have always wondered what would happen the second this band got a larger following…

(Photo courtesy of Michelle Musikantow)

Q - What can we expect from your live show?

A - As the front man I get lost in the music. I love the songs and feel them pulsing in my body and I have to exorcise the demons. They gotta come outta me!!!! So I dance and shake my ass off.

Q - Tell us a little bit about you debut album "Touch?"

A - I’m super proud of it. It came out exactly how I wanted it. So if we win or lose, we did it our way. We wanted to make a record that sounds big enough to fill up arenas and I think we did. We swung for the fences. We’ll see if we can live up to our own hype.

Q - What's your favorite song on the album and what's your favorite to play live?

A - My favorite song on the record right now is “Forever Yours.” I really got to do the Prince thing on that one and I think it gives the record a lot of personality. My favorite live song now is “If U Can.” To me, that song always has had a little INXS in it and sometimes live I try to capture a little Michael Hutchence.

Q - Who are some of your early musical influences?

A - Tribe Called Quest, Smashing Pumpkins, Public Enemy, Stones, Madonna.

Q - Who are you listening to right now?

A - Katy Perry’s new record. Listening at this moment. Dope.

Q - What is your most embarrassing on stage moment?

A - I was doing a video and my pants ripped and my love feature was displayed to the entire crew and the stylist had to do some funky tape work.

Q - Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A - Carpe diem.

Check out The Dance Party at www.myspace.com/thedanceparty and be sure to pick up their debut album “Touch” on September 28th.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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