Thursday, August 11, 2016
Emmy award-winning music editor of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” David Klotz, and vocalist Amanda Tate form pop duo People and Stars.
L.A.-based band’s first single is “both brand-new and comfortingly familiar,” “lovingly shaped from pop’s past.” See “You’re Not Alone” now.
People and Stars (L-R): David Klotz, Amanda Tate. Photo credit: Theo & Juliet.
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“Sounds both brand-new and comfortingly familiar.” – Collide
“Lovingly shaped from pop’s past, equal parts Motown and British Invasion.” – Buzzbands.LA
“Rings with the spirit of new beginnings. Charming.” – MAGNET
“We filmed the ‘You’re Not Alone’ video ourselves on an iPhone 6s all over Pasadena,” explains David Klotz, one half of People and Stars, the Los Angeles-based duo comprised of the former Fonda front man, and vocalist Amanda Tate. “We wanted to point that camera at images that embody some of the conventional symbols of love, commitment, and hope.”
An Emmy award-winning music editor by day of shows including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and FX’s “American Horror Story,” at night Klotz was the front man of Fonda, a longtime favorite in the L.A. indie pop scene spanning nearly 20 years. But when Klotz’s marriage to Fonda front woman Emily Cook came to an end in 2013, so did Fonda.
“We were 95% done with another album which still sits unreleased,” says Klotz, who immediately decided he would carry on with solo work.
“‘People and Stars’ was one of my favorite songs I wrote when I was in Fonda, and it was one of the first songs I recorded, engineered and mixed completely on my own. It was a symbol of creative independence for me and I thought it would be a good name for my solo project.”
As it turns out, when Klotz began hearing the results of his collaborations with Tate, he quickly abandoned thinking of the project as a solo outing, and has now amassed nearly two albums worth of material, including the three songs released as the debut People and Stars EP, out now via Minty Fresh. “You’re Not Alone” is a perfect example of the band’s brand of breezy pop that blends with a brash Motown beat and a sweeping string section, exceeded only by an intertwining vocal and trumpet melody.
While Klotz continues working in television when he’s not busy recording tracks for the debut People and Stars album (“A lot of the songs are a little more synth-pop oriented,” he says), Tate, who was born and raised in Beverly Hills, is a comedic improviser and actress, in addition to her talents as a singer.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as both of Tate’s parents are also actors. Her father has notched over 100 guest appearances on television, and her mother can claim a classic movie line, having played the barmaid in The Blues Brothers who, when asked what kind of music they usually have, memorably exclaims, “Oh, we got both kinds! Country and Western!”
The debut EP by People and Stars is out now via Minty Fresh. David Klotz and Amanda Tate are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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