Interview: Party Time with Tortured Soul


After throwing down at their recent Stage 48 show in NYC, Tortured Soul gave us their take on the evening and also offered us some bits on what’s next!

Giant Step: Congratulations on a great night at Stage 48 in NYC earlier this month! What was your highlight of the evening?

John-Christian Urich: Well NYC is my home town (I was born and raised in Manhattan). With all the constant talk about how NYC isn’t what it used to be, it was good to see that that isn’t true if you know the right party to go to. Some old school heads are indeed still around holding down the fort, and coming out to get down on the dance floor (with many new I might add!) and support soulful house and live music.

Giant Step: How was it to share the stage with DJ Spinna? Each collaboration brings about a unique energy – anything in particular that moves you about this synergy?

John-Christian Urich: What is great about Spinna is that he approaches each production he’s involved in as its own special creation. The remixes he has done with us start from scratch. He doesn’t just throw a vocal over some pre-programmed beats and see what happens; he crafts a remix.

The same can be said about the music he chooses to play at a live show. What he decides to play for a Tortured Soul event is different than what he’ll do for one of his other nights. He discussed with us beforehand what we were going to play, what tempo we wanted to start at and various other details, which helped to make the night a better collaboration for us, and a more special night for the audience.

Giant Step: Compared to all the other places you play, what makes NYC gigs special for you?

Jordan Scannella: NYC was the breeding ground for TS, so there’s an obvious affinity for playing in one’s hometown. On top of that, it’s the hippest city in the world, with the most cultured, discerning audiences, so you have no choice but to bring it! But it goes both ways because when you’re killing it, New York lets you know and the exchange that follows is what playing and seeing live music is all about.

Giant Step: It’s been awhile since the last album – when we can expect the next one? What can folks expect?

Ethan White: Well we’ve just released our first new single, “Dirty,” with a remix from our stage mate Spinna and some other great producers. We celebrated by letting folks download it for free, and there were several thousand downloads and some great reviews from that. We’ll be releasing several more singles and a live EP this year, all leading up to a full-length album in the early Fall.

There are some changes with the new material, versus the previous releases. It’s still solid songwriting from Christian and still soulful danceable grooves, but many of the tempos are slower and I think the overall vibe is a little poppier. We’ve also paid greater homage to our live sound on several of the tracks, which is what we’ll be featuring on the advance EP. We’re very excited about unveiling the new material to our fans!

Giant Step: What else has Tortured Soul got up its sleeves for 2013?

Ethan White: Touring, touring and more touring! The new music is opening new doors and garnering fans around the world. It’s great to see how diverse the backgrounds of our fans are that are commenting on our Facebook page, and we hope to see each and every one of them this year.

Giant Step: If you describe the ideal party in 3 words, what would they be?

Jordan Scannella: Soulful, sexy & lubricated
John-Christian Urich: Rhythm Sweaty Smiles
Ethan White: Tequila, Folks & Fun