Meet Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper the duo behind dark-electronic band Tempers. Following the band's 2015 album Services, the pair released an EP, Fundamental Fantasy, earlier this year and are gearing up to release two new albums in 2018. We caught up with Eddie and Jasmine in the East Village to chat about music, process and inspiration.
How did you both get started as musicians?
Jasmine: I asked for a guitar when I was 8 years old, but I just sleep with it next to me. At 14 I was completely obsessed with Nirvana, so I got an electric guitar, wrote songs and formed various bands with friends. All my teenage years were spent listening to records, getting stoned, writing songs, jamming with friends and recording everything on cassette.
Eddie: As a child I, too, had a guitar I loved but didn't play - it was the tiniest acoustic that still looked gigantic next to me. Eventually I learned how to play, also recording to cassette, and overdubbing endlessly.
How did you come together to form Tempers?
Jasmine: Eddie and I met through a mutual friend, and he joined my previous band right before it broke up. I’d been thinking of starting a new band with electronic elements, something gritty but with tenderness and melody. Eddie and I began improvising with these contrasting tonal feelings, and the music just started writing itself - thus Tempers was born.
What role does music making play in your life?
Jasmine: Music making is my life, writing songs feels as fundamental to my existence as sleeping and eating, I can’t not do it.
Your music has a dark romance to it, did you set out to tap into that kind of feeling when you started Tempers, or was it more organic than that?
Eddie: Everything we've done as Tempers has been organic, but I think sometimes we learn about our intentions in hindsight. So as Jasmine said, we set out with this idea of electronic music with feeling, and that naturally ended up in a dark, romantic place.
Who would you say are some of your biggest musical influences?
Eddie: We have a lot of overlap in our influences of course - I guess in the center of the Venn diagram would be Fleetwood Mac, Joy Division, and Leonard Cohen. At the outer edges would be like black metal (for Jasmine) and chicago house (for me). I don't mean to say we don't like each others independent influences, but those are the farthest-flung aspects of our respective tastes.
Can you describe the process you go through from first conceptualizing an idea for a song to recording it?
Jasmine: Things have evolved a lot since we started, but one thing that has always been a part of our process is simultaneous writing and recording. Lately we've been recording vocals this way too, working out melodies through improvising and then recording them immediately. It's so much fun working this way, because there's a new immediacy to the creative process.
What inspires you?
Jasmine: I’m inspired by contradictions - the sacred and the profane, the eternal and the banal. The mystery and humor of these elements interwoven.
What’s it like being an independent band in 2017?
Eddie: One thing that's been really satisfying is seeing our fan base grow totally organically in places we'd never even been before, like Mexico City or Stockholm.
What’s next for Tempers?
Jasmine: We have giant exciting news that I am not allowed to reveal yet. All I can say is - there is an album that we have completed that will be coming out next year. We are also half-way through recording another new album. We’ve been very prolific in terms of songwriting and recording. We toured Europe a lot this year, and we will be doing much more of that next year - 2018 will be the year of Tempers.
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