The next edition of ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover NYC,” is on September 13 at Rockwood Music Hall. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.
After an amazing debut, Discover NYC is back on Tuesday, September 13 at Rockwood Music Hall featuring Leif Vollebekk, BETS, and B.R. Mackie. The series, which aims to put the spotlight on the best up-and-coming artists from NYC and beyond, is FREE with RSVP on DoNYC.
With a stunning new single dropping on September 9th, we caught up with London electronic pop duo Empathy Test about their sci-fi influences, European tour, and more.
Hey guys thanks for chatting! Who is Empathy Test? Empathy Test is Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). We’ve known each other since we were six and eight respectively and have been friends ever since. We grew up in the South East of England and we both now live in London.
We heard that your name was inspired by the film Blade Runner. Tell us about that and has that movie influenced your style? We made our first EP (Losing Touch) before thinking of a name. So it was a case of finding something that worked with the music. We’ve had a lot of people compliment on it, so we’re glad we spent some time thinking about it. Isaac decided to re-watch one of our favourite sci-fi movies, Blade Runner, for inspiration. In the movie, they use an ‘empathy test’ to work out if someone is a human or a highly advanced android called a ‘replicant’. The theory is that it’s empathy that distinguishes us from machines. Empathy Test makes music with machines but that music speaks to people on a very human level. The fact that the Blade Runner soundtrack was also an influence on our music, created a neat circle of reference.