Chris Taylor Brown and Trapt are doing things differently these days. After making four great albums the band is back in the studio putting their fifth record together. While working on the new record Brown ran into an interesting source of inspiration. He got inspired to add an electronic element to the trademark Trapt sound.
“We really wanted to go somewhere different. That really was the point,” said Brown. “The electronic aspect of music is obviously growing, I’ve definitely dabbled in it a lot and it’s gotten to the point that I’m somewhat okay at it. I thought that I would throw some of that on “Bring It’ and it was fun. It was a good rock song to begin with and to add that production element was cool. We’ve had programming since the beginning; we had a bunch of that stuff on the first record. But I’m a big fan of Dubstep, Flux Pavillion and a bunch of bands like that and I wanted to see how I could incorporate some of that into Trapt’s music. I think it came across really well and I think there’s going to be a lot of that on the new record coming out next year.”
It might seem a little early for the band to release another record but that’s where they’re at in their process.
“We’re basically half way through making a record.” Added Brown, “We should be done early next year and then we’ll get it out there. We’re just pushing “Bring It” and getting people ready for that new album right now.”
“Bring It” is a new sound because it’s got the electronic element, but it’s still the type of song that Trapt has released in the past. It’s a straight-across rock track that gets the adrenaline pumping. You can always expect that sound from Trapt but with this record expect some new things too.
“On this new record there’s going to be a lot of stuff that’s not mellow per se but it’s going to be more atmospheric and more melodic,” said the Trapt front man. “I think “Bring It” is just one of those drive it home/get to the point kind of songs. The other songs are going to have deeper lyrics and more metaphors that aren’t so obvious.”
The new album is exciting for Trapt but the next chapter for the band is just as exciting. After years of following the music business model, the band is going independent and doing things on their own. Initially the band was thinking about signing with a label but that changed when they discovered what they could do on their own.
“We released “Bring It” on our own. We were on Warner Bros. and Eleven Seven and we did two records for each label.” Brown continued, “This last record just ran its course of our deal with Eleven Seven. But I was just like, ‘let’s at least put out a single and see what it does’ and it went to #75 on the rock charts and there wasn’t even any promotion money or anything spent on it. It was just really awesome to see our fans go out and buy it and support the band like that. It just encourages us even more to keep doing stuff on our own.”
Brown and Trapt will continue to do it on their own with the help of independent distribution service Tunecore.
“I feel like if you have a band that’s established like us why not just release it on your own? Just stick doing it with Tunecore, they’re great.” Brown continued talking about the service, “iTunes featured the single as a new/noteworthy single. With Spotify we did a whole week with them even before it streeted. They did an ad campaign with banners too. Those things we’d be happy with it if a label got it for us. But we literally go those things through Tunecore. All of that just makes me more into putting out a whole album through Tunecore.”
“I really just encourage every band to go out there and use it. It’s great. It’s basically the label of the future, Its ten bucks for a single, forty bucks for an album to put your stuff out there. You can deliver it to whatever place you want and if you want to take it off you can take it off. It’s pretty much a no-brainer.”
Expect a new record from Trapt in 2012; you can buy the new single “Bring It” digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
As a special gift to Trapt fans, Brown has agreed to record an acoustic song for a free download on Alternative Addiction. The song with the most votes on the poll gets recorded and distributed in the coming weeks.
Check out the Exclusive Premiere of the video for “Bring It” below.
Which song do you want Trapt to record an acoustic version of for a free download?