26 year old New Jersey resident and stay-at-home-recording-at-night dad , Dayve Hawke is the quietly spoken and extremely prolific man behind MEMORY TAPES. Last year, he released music under the names Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes for free, getting blanket praise from the cooler US blogs. From this attention, he got and gets a lot of remix jobs for the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PeterBjorn&John, Taken By Trees, Britney Spears and um, Michael Jackson. after this all the excellent music from 2008 was then discarded by Dayve as “old news” and a new combined identity, MEMORY TAPES, was forged. On January 1st he started work on Seek Magic. The Horrors remixed the first track from these sessions, Bicycle and then made Loog release it as a 12″ in July. His reputation online grew and anticipation for the album has been astronomical.
Popular, is it?
When Gorilla vs Bear put Bicycle up online, it went viral and within 24 hrs we had requests/plays/coverage from Radio1, NME, Fader, Spin.com, Music Week, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The Guardian, nme.com, drownedinsound.com KCRW, KEXP, and blogs the world over, license enquiries from lots of labels and, my favourite, were MP3-of-the-day on Brazilian MTV. Faced with a lack of info, speculation that Memory Tapes was the work of a girl band was rife. And most welcome. Pitchfork have since featured half a dozen tracks and remixes, run several new stories and an interview too.
Bicycle took Memory Tapes to the #1 spot on Hype Machine, and was a SOTW/SOTM in NME, Guardian Guide, RCRDLBL, Sunday Times, Uncut, OMM and lots and lots and lots of websites/blogs.
Also a Music Week tip, Guardian band-of-the-day piece, nme.com’s most popular download-of-the-day of 2009, features in Stoolpigeon and Artrocker.
It received airplay from Zane Lowe, Rob DaBank, Nick Grimshaw and Huw Stephens on Radio 1, and picked up lots of airplay on 6Music and Xfm from John Kennedy, Erol Alkan, Steve Lamacq and more.
It received a rave review from Spike Jonze on his blog wondering who was behind the music. Spike has been sent the album and we are waiting for that call to soundtrack his next film any day now. Really though. Portishead are fans too.
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