New Thousand members Adrian Jusdanis, Alex Koltun and Max Jones appeared in the 45th episode of the In The Record Store to talk about spending studio time in Columbus and playing music on the streets of New Orleans. Listen to the full episode below..
By: Zachary Kolesar, In The Record Store staff writer.
For startups, from bands to businesses, not many places beat Columbus. The city is home to a cluster of Fortune 500 companies, but the continuous influx of new musical acts and companies solidifies Ohio’s capital as a habitual hub for budding entrepreneurs. It’s an extremely enticing grab for locals to stake out Columbus to live out their personal dreams, but it’s not ideal for everyone.
Inspired by a spring break trip to New Orleans in 2013, Ohio State graduate Adrian Jusdanis(violin), one-third of electronic jam band New Thousand, took to the corner of St. Louis and Royal streets to turn a dream into an opportunity. Moving to Louisiana helped Jusdanis hone his live performance, but the travelling musician realized potential in a group of musicians back home in Columbus.
It wasn’t until almost a year ago when he dialed up childhood companions Max Jones (keys/synthesizer) and Alex Koltun (electronic percussion) to join him on the sidewalks of New Orleans.
“Really, we were just armed with an album, some equipment and basically no money, and basically it was a make or break situation, and I think we made the best out of it,” Koltun said during the podcast.
As of late, however, New Thousand has been offering up its French Quarter-inspired performances to its hometown. Columbus serves as training grounds for bands to perfect their sound, and it helped New Thousand hone the craft of performing live.
“What we try to do is cultivate a positive energy around our shows,” Jusdanis said. “We just try to create this really positive, affirmational atmosphere, and I think people have caught on immediately.”
New Thousand draws upon a plethora of genres for its experimental sound, but it notably channels Dr. Dre’s nuanced, high-pitched strings and synthesizers and the trap-inspired 808 drums of today. Jusdanis even noted that the trio came together through a love for hip-hop, from UGK’s underground influence on southern rap in the ‘90s to Future’s modern trap stylings.
The vast taste of music of the members of New Thousand has unsurprisingly inspired covers of spacey Purity Ring songs, Rihanna’s “Needed Me” and a mashup of Future’s “Low Life” featuring The Weeknd and “F*ck Up Some Commas.” Due to the band’s freestyle approach at making music, we’ve come up with three more ideas for rap songs that should be given the New Thousand treatment.
“The Next Episode” (feat. Snoop Dogg) by Dr. Dre on “2001”
Because the group mentioned the 1999 album, “2001” as an influence on the New Thousand sound, it would only be right for the trio to do their own take on a classic. The heavy string plucks make it a perfect beat for Jusdanis to attack on the violin. It would also be interesting to see the band’s take on Dre’s spacey synth soundscape.
“Best Friend” by Young Thug on “Slime Season”
Young Thug’s voice makes it difficult at times to decode his lyrics, but it’s also one of the most stimulating instruments heard in this age of Top 40 rap. His pronunciations are almost as necessary as the hi-hat trap hits heard on “Best Friend.” Seeing how New Thousand could bend its sound like Young Thug bends his voice would be a treat for all.
“Diamonds from Sierra Leone” by Kanye West on “Late Orchestration”
Love or hate Kanye, it’s impossible to ignore his influence on modern music and the many artists that have influenced his own production throughout his career. After the release of his second LP, West performed hits from his first two albums with rapper friends backed by a seventeen-piece string orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. “Diamonds” was the introduction for “Late Orchestration,” and the harsh-sounding strings from the track would be a perfect challenge for New Thousand to tackle.