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Futurebrite

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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"Futurebrite the latest step in the evolution of Karen Kanan Correa"

If there’s one person who can make the idea of “blowing up your life” sound like an appealing option for everyone, it’s Karen Kanan Correa, the former frontwoman of NYC cult favorites Demander who is currently leading her Futurebrite project through their paces and to a show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn tonight.

“Blowing up your life is pretty fun,” she laughs. “I’ve done it a couple times. This is by far the biggest explosion of everything – best friends, relationships, job, city, my house. Everything must go. I changed my life by doing that, and I don’t know if it was necessary. I could have chugged along in New York, but I love extremes.”

In New York, Demander was a criminally underrated band with a small, but devoted, following, but of course small and devoted followings often don’t pay the rent, and when the climb to the top stops, it’s also time to reevaluate.

“We played for seven years and that’s not a small amount of time,” Correa said. “I appreciate people saying that they liked the band, but the nature of music is that you can’t keep doing the same thing because it’s not like we were suddenly selling out Bowery. I loved the music and there are a lot of people who also did, but if you’re not continuing on an upward path, then people are going to want to do different things.”

For Correa, the different thing was Futurebrite, and while the music isn’t the same as what Demander produced, Correa’s voice remains unmistakable, the hooks are still there, and it proves that different doesn’t have to mean bad.

“The best that you could hope for is that people are sort of carried away for five minutes, ten minutes,” she said. “You make a mood and make something that’s just bigger. Of course there are people like ‘I love Demander,’ and they’re not going to care what I do after that. There are so many things I don’t have control over making music, and that’s definitely one of them. It sucks to hear that, but I completely understand that. It’s different, the music sounds very different, some of the players are different, so it’s a different thing and I respect that choice. People want what they want, they want your old band to come back.”

That’s human nature, but if new fans and old Demander fans give Futurebrite a try through the 2013 EP Carinae or recent singles “Ah La La” and “Slow Fade,” odds are that they’ll be sticking around. Yet to get this point took some upheaval in the life of Correa.

“I left New York, I left a relationship and my apartment and I basically just blew up my life, and I was like ‘okay, here’s what happens after I blow up my life,’” she said. “Some of that time was really dark and s**tty, but I love what I wrote and I love all the new music that came out of it, and that freedom was amazing. In some ways I was the happiest I had been in a really long time and I also had some of the worst, deepest depression that I’d had in a really long time. I had both. I really did have these wild swings of up and down and I think that could be really good for music. But you also have to come back and at some point, music takes a lot of structure and you have to sit down and do the work. I think that kind of saved me in the end.”

So complete freedom isn’t what it’s always cracked up to be?

“That’s what every musician says they want,” Correa said. “That freedom is so great when you’re growing, but at some point, having the infrastructure of labels and bookers and all that stuff is actually kind of helpful if you continue to grow your career. Otherwise, it’s like ‘I can do anything and I’ll continue to do anything.’ (Laughs) I think that was Demander’s problem. Even though we were doing big tours, it was all because other bands and musicians loved us, which was great, but nothing ever connected, and I feel like having a little bit less freedom might have been really good. I’m really conscious of that now. I just went through a period of a couple years where I had total freedom to write and work with whoever I want, and that’s been awesome, but coming back to New York, I’m really happy that some things are falling into place because you need some of that structure.”

She also feels that being the leader of Futurebrite is a good thing in the sense that the emotional baggage that comes with being in a group with good friends isn’t an issue anymore.

“In bands, it’s basically like being married to a couple people that aren’t your partner and it’s really intense; it’s a lot of emotional stuff,” she said. “For me and my drummer (Sivan Harlap), that was the first ‘our thing.’ But it was so different. They were also my best friends, so playing music with your best friends, I realize now, was a very particular time in your life if you’re lucky as a musician. That doesn’t happen for most people. But it’s nice to step back a little bit and make music without my personal life not also being my entire music life.”

Needless to say, that’s been a big influence on Correa’s songwriting as well.

“I feel like I’m more willing to take the risk of maybe not playing things as fast as possible, screaming as loud as possible,” she said. “It takes a lot of bravery, in a musical way, to slow down and to think about what you’re doing. Not try to play the most complicated figures you can play. It’s a different kind of songwriting and I feel like I write better songs now.”

The Demander tunes were pretty damn good as well, but these days with Futurebrite, it’s clear that Correa still has that knack for drilling a song into your skull and keeping it there. That’s something you can’t teach, and if you can’t appreciate it, well, there’s not a lot to be said. Either way, Correa is fine with what people think, simply because she’s happy with what she’s doing now.

“Everyone’s going to have their own opinion about it,” she said. “Mine is that it’s a pretty good evolution for me. It’s got a lot of heart, and that’s what I want.” - New York Examiner


"Song premiere: "Slow Fade" by Futurebrite"

NYC-based Futurebrite has landed on Deli Magazine NYC’s “Best Emerging Electronic Bands” list, and was described as “sexy, urgent pop” (East Bay Express) with “a dark edge but melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic” (Free Bike Valet).

Led by ex-Demander vocalist and bassist Karen Kanan Corrêa, Futurebrite will release a new single, “Ah La La” b/w“Slow Fade” on June 23. It is our distinct pleasure to share the aforementioned B-side with you today. Why? Because we love B-sides! (Not to mention, this tune is way cool!) - Big Takeover


"Futurebrite (ex Demander) releases debut EP at Glasslands on 6.21"

We blogged about Oakland/Brooklyn based Futurebrite a few weeks ago - it's the new project of singer Karen Corrêa (already involved in the NYC scene with now dissolved rock trio Demander) and producer Josh Grant. Industrial music has had a rather negligible role in pop music's history so far, and it's interesting to see a decidedly pop project introducing mechanical elements reminiscent of NIN and Ministry, while filtering out those bands' rougher edges. Futurebrite will celebrate the release of their debut EP “Futurebrite Part 1” with a show at Glasslands on Friday 06.21 - also on the bill The Canon Logic.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of the best Electro songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out! - The Deli Magazine


"Futurebrite Gears Up to Release the First of an Album Trilogy"

Oakland based electronic synth pop musician, Futurebrite is gearing up to release a new album entitled Futurebrite Part 1, scheduled to be the first one of a trilogy of records forged by Oakland multi-instrumentalist Karen Kanan Correa and Brooklyn Based electronics guru Josh Grant. Considering the catchy and well produced preview single "Faux Accords" (video streaming below) Futurebrite's future might be bright indeed!

Look out for the album Futurebrite Part 1 on June 11th. - The Deli Magazine


"NYC Electro News"

Industrial and pop seem contradictory, but not to Futurebrite. The tunes are straight pop, but with gritty synth basslines and MPC style sampling in the high end of the mix. Check out their debut EP "Futurebrite Part I". - The Deli Magazine


"Futurebrite (Music Review)"

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Kanan Corrêa and electronic producer Josh Grant combined their respective talents to form Futurebrite. Their debut, Futurebrite Part 1, is the first of three upcoming records, and it reflects the indie and electro house influences of both artists. "I Go Where You Go" and "Faux Accords" are sexy, urgent pop songs, recalling Santigold and Icona Pop. The duo's most unique track, "Please," pairs tribal beats and dark synths with a rapid-fire rap. (self-released) - East Bay Express


""Faux Accords" Music Video by Futurebrite (Premiere)"

Futurebrite formed due to a chance encounter between Oakland denizen Karen Kanan Correa (vocals) and Brooklynite Josh Grant (production) on an airplane. After their current projects faded out, the coed duo decided to collaborate in Grant’s studio overlooking the East River. What spawned was beat-heavy electro pop with a dark edge but also melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic.

Their debut EP Futurebrite Part 1 (the first in a series of three) will be released on June 11th and was mixed by Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Bruno Mars). The music video for their second single “Faux Accords” superbly compliments the song’s mood by striking and spraying bursts of fireworks over a deep dark night. - Free Bike Valet


"Futurebrite – “Futurebrite EP” Review"

Futurebrite is the name for dark electro pop duo Karen Kanan Correa and Josh Grant. In a very similar vein to Nikki and the Dove, Iamamiwhoami and Royksopp we have some more edgy experimental pop music and the quality shines through on the EP.

“Faux” opens with loops of quick dismantled keyboard samples and vocal snippets skipping and looping over as the bouncy bass drum blasts through with its low-frequency vibrations turned up to the max. It’s a very 80’s Goldfrapp take on production but with all the tropes of modern adult-pop. “I Go Where You Go” takes a Huski approach with mixing live guitar and bass into a more power pop feel. It has a driving beat and catchy melody. There’s enough to make it stand out from the crowd although some of the production is a bit muddy when all the instruments and vocals start to compete in the middle eight. “Please” rounds off the EP with a darker percussive track with neon keyboards and some excellent embellishments at the end of each four beat line. It keeps the song fresh feeling throughout and really fluid. This track was possibly my favorite of the three, but all were very strong.

Futurebrite clearly have a great sound. With being an electronic based dark pop duo, the key to success will be making sure they can twist and merge their sound to last over an album without getting samey. Judging on this EP, the album will be a treat. - Higher Plain Music


Discography

"Ah La La" Single (2015)

  1. Ah La La
  2. Slow Fade
Carinae EP (2013)
  1. I Go Where You Go
  2. Faux Accords
  3. Please (Make Up Your Mind)
  4. Faux Accords (Htimsetan Remix)
  5. I Go Where You Go (Chuck Buckett Remix)




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Messy endings can make for beautiful beginnings. Living in NYC, with major changes to Demander, her band of seven years, Karen Kanan Corrêa was offered a spot as bassist touring with Swedish Grammy winner Moneybrother.  One month on the road turned into six months — and an indefinite hiatus for her band — as well as an exit from her fifth floor walkup on the Lower East Side. Adrift and inspired, she found a new voice during songwriting stints in Portland and London, using her new direction to craft new work. Equal parts chaos, darkness and utter joy, she released this new experiment under the name Futurebrite. The first EP Carinae quickly landed on Deli Magazine NYC’s “Best Emerging Electronic Bands” list, and was described as “sexy, urgent pop” (East Bay Express) with “a dark edge but melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic” (Free Bike Valet).

Then California came calling and Karen followed her heart to Oakland, where she started the next batch of Futurebrite songs. The change of scenery was immediately evident in the sound: warm synths, bells and marimba contrast with the powerful bass and drums of the first EP. Lykke Li, The Police, and Tears for Fears serve as touchstones, and the result is a shadowy and bright chiaroscuro applied to indie pop.

Before Futurebrite, Karen led the “dizzyingly addictive” (CMJ) indie trio Demander, with two albums and multiple tours across the US and Europe with The Hold Steady, New Model Army, and Art Brut. Karen has also toured as violist and singer with Anti-Social Music and bassist for cult heroes World/Inferno Friendship Society. She’s performed vocals on releases from artists like Gary Go and Fulton Lights, and won composer and songwriter residencies in NYC and LA.

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