When Summit Entertainment announced the artists and songs for the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack on September 26th, Imperial Mammoth’s “Requiem on Water” was on the list.
Based in Los Angeles, Imperial Mammoth is composed of members Leonard Jackson (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Programming) and Laura Jane Scott (Vocals, Harp, Keys). They classify their music as Electroacoustic / Indie / Pop. They were interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine as part of an article on how being on a Twilight movie soundtrack has boosted the careers of the musicians.
They were gracious enough to take time to be interviewed via email by the Pattinson Post in between putting the finishing touches on their debut album (see note below), which will be available at the end of the month.
Pattinson Post:Tell us a little about how Imperial Mammoth came to be.
Imperial Mammoth:Well we’re a couple, and we live together — actually about to be married. Originally we did our own things musically, Leonard in bands, Laura Jane as a singer-songwriter. It wasn’t until we had some downtime when Laura was recovering from knee surgery that we started writing the songs that eventually became Imperial Mammoth. We’d lay in bed for hours at a time, playing guitar and harmonizing. There was something wonderful about that simplicity that we try to bring to every song, starting with just our main instruments — acoustic guitar for Leonard, celtic harp for Laura Jane — and our voices.
PP:How did you find out you were going to be on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack?
IM: We submitted as a shot-in-the-dark kind of thing. We were big fans of the Twilight series and of the soundtracks and it was one of those serendipitous things like “why not?” We didn’t give it much thought beyond that and it sort of slipped out of our minds. Months later, Laura got a call out of the blue from Alex Patsavas, a big hero of ours (Eds Note: Alex is behind Chop Shop Music and also selects the music for the Twilight movie soundtracks. More info here.). She said that she had just been to an early screening of Breaking Dawn and that our song was in it. We couldn’t tell anybody for the longest time, which was strange to have to go about nearly bursting from excitement while pretending that nothing had happened.
PP:The song “Requiem on Water” is not on your website. Was it written for this soundtrack or was it chosen by Summit Entertainment?
IM: We didn’t write the song for the soundtrack, but it’s crazy how well it fits in to the Twilight story. It was one of the songs that came to us so quickly — I think we wrote the entire thing parts and all in under half an hour — that it almost felt like we were getting it from somewhere outside of ourselves. The Twilight Universe maybe?
PP: What has the reaction been since word got out about this?
IM: Outstanding. It’s true what they say that the Twilight Saga has the most passionate, engaging fans. We’ve been blessed to meet some of you and we can”t wait to share “Requiem on Water” when the soundtrack comes out November 8th.
PP: Are either of you Twilight fans?
IM: Absolutely! We haven’t missed an opening weekend, and we’re really getting in to the books now. Leonard is especially grateful that Rob has brought the whole “shockingly pale” thing back to sexy. Leonard looks a bit like he was raised in caves.
PP: Will you be attending the premiere in Los Angeles next month?
IM: No word yet, but seeing as we live around the corner we’ll definitely be making an appearance either way. Maybe we’ll camp out!
Imperial Mammoth’s debut EP “Where Satellites Fall” will be available on iTunes October 27th. You can check them out on their website and also on Facebook and Twitter. Download a free copy of their song “All the Good Things” here.
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