'Sorry Still Seems To Be The Hardest Word!'
MYNT’s new record, Still Not Sorry came out late last year on Ultra Records and if you didn't catch it, do so now! MYNT is a fusion of dance, rock, and early 90s synth-pop created by producers Albert Castillo and Rich “DJ Riddler” Pangilinan who have remixed such artists like Christina Aguilera, Dido, Kelly Clarkson, and Mary J. Blige. Along with vocalists Marisol Angelique, Kim Sozzi and former American Idol finalist Joe Murena, MYNT represents American club culture with an alternative twist.
The first single “How Did You Know” was recorded in the summer of 2003 as a featured song on DJ Riddler’s award winning radio mix show in New York City. From there, the song eventually was signed by an independent record label – Neutone Records, received a lot of radio airplay, entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart, became the #1 most played record on New York radio’s WKTU 103.5 FM, and crossed over to Top 40 Radio giants like Z100 – New York and Miami’s Y-100. With that kind of momentum, MYNT started work on the full-length CD for Ultra Record entitled Still Not Sorry.
MYNT is not a DJ/Producer driven project with faceless singers. With the enlistment of Houston singer/songwriter/dancer Marisol Angelique and New York’s Club Diva Kim Sozzi, MYNT now has a sound and look that rivals some of the earlier pop-dance groups like Dee-lite, Ace of Base, and C&C Music Factory.
Chatting recently with band member Rich P., I first wondered at what point did you first get to meet with the other three members of the band? "Al B. and I met several years ago thru a mutual friend but we've been
working professionally for the last 5 years. I was introduced to Kim Sozzi
in 2000 when she was signed to Edel America. Marisol Angelique joined the
group earlier this year in February thru a mutual friend in Houston."
What exactly do the group initials MYNT stand for ... ? "Al B. and I always joked around that MYNT stood for MY New Tracks. However,
that isn't the case. It was just a name we chose after visiting Miami and
being at the lounge/club that had the same name."
And with an album title such as Still Not Sorry, I'm
wondering how it relates to the new album's vibe in general? "The album is about relationship and controversy. It is only fitting to have
the single 'Still Not Sorry' as a title because it's about letting go and
moving on. We've had to do a lot of both."
Are there any funny stories that relate to those studio days recording this album where you and the others just couldn't stop laughing or goofing around for some strange reason?! "Working in the studio with Albert and our Vocal Engineer/Producer Ray Balconis was always fun. For instance, Ray always have these expressions that we call "Ray-isms" when he works with the vocalists. While working with Marisol Angelique on 'Still Not Sorry,' we were trying to get a little more feeling and attitude from her vocal performance. So Ray then blurted out in an almost Country George W. Bush accent "Hey Dear-ee...we need more Swagger out of yer voice!" At the same time, Ray had this unusual cowboy hand gesture at the same time. He then said, "I wanna hear you say it like you REALLY MEAN it...Like hey you know what... I STILL NOT SORRY (more hand gestures)... We all just bursted out laughing in the studio. However, in
the end, his Ray-isms worked!"
What cheesy '80s/'90s pop song would you love to cover today if
asked and why?! "We actually thought about doing a cover of Nena "99 Red Balloons" for the CD. I think that the song still has a lot of meaning and relevance today with our Social and Political climates."
If you were asked to record a single for charity, and had to choose
3 (and just three!) other known hi-profile musicians to aid you in the project (but none from your own band!), who would they be, what
instruments would they play, and what would the name of the NEW song be?! "Definitly would have the team of Giorgio Moroder & Harold Faltermeyer (they count as one!..lol), then I would say Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran. Finally, Martin Gore from Depeche Mode. Haha - Can you tell what instrument I play?"
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "Penguins are cool!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of MYNT's brand new CD, just answer this easy question: Rich P. explains that they choose the name MYNT after visiting Miami and
being at the lounge/club that had the same name. But, on what street is that club located in Florida?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new and AUTOGRAPHED CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before February 14th with your answer and the subject title 'MYNT SIGNED CDs' to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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