We had the good fortune of interviewing Imperial Mammoth about their song “Requiem on Water” being included on the soundtrack for the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, before the soundtrack was released. In that interview, we asked them about their music and their knowledge of the Twilight franchise prior to the Breaking Dawn movie. You can read the interview here.
We recently caught up with Imperial Mammoth and asked them about their life since the soundtrack came out.
Pattinson Post: When did you first know where in the movie your song played?
Imperial Mammoth: Literally, as it started playing in the Nokia Theater! We went in thinking Requiem On Water would be used in a romantic context, and were amazed to see where it ended up — on Bella as she looks in the mirror and realizes she loves her unborn child. We were beaming through the whole thing. After the screening, as the credits ended, Bill Condon happened to walk down our row to exit and we were able to give him a hug and thank him. We really couldn’t have wished a better moment for the song.
PP: You recently released your album, “Where Satellites Fall” and got married. How is it going?
IM: So far so good! It’s been a whirlwind these last few months. We wrote/recorded/released Where Satellites Fall over three weeks in October, got married in early November, got to a be a part of the Breaking Dawn premiere shortly after and then, set off on our honeymoon in Europe through December. We’ve finally now been able to catch our breath and soak it all in. We wouldn’t have changed a thing though. The great part about being in a time crunch, especially in the context of making a record, is that it takes away a lot of the inherent self-doubt and worrying that comes with putting yourself out there artistically. One song in particular, “Left Behind” was recorded and finished in six hours, right before we went to master, and it ended up being our favorite track on the EP*. We’re thrilled with the way the record came out, and that people seem to be responding to it.
PP: We were able to see you after your concert at tent city. Performing in the concerts, walking the Red Carpet and seeing the movie must have been a special experience. How would you sum it up?
IM: Yes, it was wonderful meeting the Pattinson Post team! The Tent City concert was special on so many levels. It was our first show ever as a band, and we were pretty nervous. But, from the start, the response from the crowd was so warm, genuine and accepting of us that we were able to just be ourselves and have a good time. And, we think that showed. We’re fairly private people, and we hadn’t planned on talking about our wedding which was the week before, but being there and feeling that support, made it just come out on stage. I don’t think there are too many communities or fan bases that can inspire that sort of thing.
Walking the Red Carpet was another animal- tremendous fun, surreal-the sort of thing that musicians almost never get a chance to do. We were told to arrive at 4:30 to walk the Red Carpet and being the super un-hip squares we are, we showed up early. No one else was there. We had an hour to kill before the carpet even opened. When it did, we were the absolute first people to walk down, which was great, because we got to talk to everybody, (although we’re suspicious that some of the photographers’ lens caps remained on.) By the time we finished up, the film stars started to arrive and we got to switch in to “fan mode” and take in the sights.
When it came time for the actual screening, Summit did an incredible job of interspersing fans from Tent City with the actors and stars. There was absolutely no hierarchy, just this huge group of people all enjoying it together. We were three rows behind Rob and Kristen, which we loved. Seeing the movie with such adamant fans, along with the people who spent so much effort making this film- gave the entire experience a sort of hyper-sensitive cathartic release. The laughs, and fan shout-outs, and tears were visceral — something we’ll never forget.
PP: Do you keep in touch with any of the other soundtrack artists?
IM: We’re lucky enough to say that we made some true friendships by being included on the soundtrack for the film. From the week of Tent City, leading up to the national release, we got together with a lot of the artists like Sleeping At Last and Lucy Schwartz- just to hang out. There was a real camaraderie with the bands involved in the LA Premiere, and it felt natural to experience it all together. From Cider Sky to Mia Maestro, to the big stars like Aqualung and Christina Perri, they couldn’t have been more down to earth, and sincerely appreciative of their involvement.
And going beyond the musicians, the many people involved in making the project happen, from Chop Shop, to Atlantic Records, and Summit Entertainment, they were all outstanding. They brought this thing together with the same passion and respect to the material that we saw from the fans at Tent City. We were, by quite a distance, the least-known act on the soundtrack, (and if you don’t believe that, check out some of the things written about us around the release of the track listing!). Yet we were never made to feel less than absolutely equal by the entire team, which meant a great deal to us.
PP: How has your life changed since the movie and soundtrack came out?
IM: The paramount concern for a musician is whether or not your music will be heard. Being involved in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn gave us our first opportunity to reach a mass audience. It was really touching to see fans of Requiem on Water go back and download our EP, then become fans of the band. The music industry has changed into much more of a blue-collar occupation. Long gone are the days of trashing hotel rooms and bowlfuls of green m&ms — no one has that kind of money. The rock star goal of 2012 is to support yourself, to support your family, and be able to do the thing you love the most- make music. Breaking Dawn gave us that opportunity, and we’ll be forever grateful.
PP: What’s next for you?
IM: We’re about to hole ourselves up to write and record our first full-length album. We want to get a change of scenery, maybe a cottage on the beach or a cabin in the desert, to immerse ourselves in the creative process. It sounds a bit obvious to say, but it’s really important to us to make the best possible album we can at this stage in our lives. We want to make an experience for the listener that takes them through a variety of emotions, both highs and lows, and that hopefully will have some meaning and subtext in their own lives. We’ll never have the technical virtuosity of say a Matt Bellamy from Muse, or the vocal prowess of an Adele, so our challenge is to write the best possible songs we can, and hope to capture a bit of truth and resonance. It’s going to be a challenge, but one we’re ready to take head on. Our hope is to have an album to tour behind for the Summer and Fall. Wish us luck!
*Imperial Mammoth has been kind enough to provide our readers a link to a free download of the song “Left Behind” from their debut EP Where Satellites Fall.
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