Cable, you had us at motorcycles, euphoric rock chords, and One Direction. We’re hooked. The
nearly one-year-old band from model and filmmaker Tracy Antonopoulos and filmmaker Ben Morsberger has been making major waves (at Vans and elsewhere) since they debuted at Timo Weiland’s Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation. Since then, they’ve been riding their signature wave of grunge-guitar and drone pixie vocals through to landmark achievements, like a Dev Hynes-produced track “Roxanne” and the sleekly dystopic, Blade runner-esque video by the same name.
Because we’re total fans, we had to track down Tracy and hound her with questions—and because she’s so insanely cool, she humored us with some responses. In her own words: “Check it!”
You’re closing in (or wait, have already closed in!) on one year of playing live with Cable—how has it been going?
I’m really proud of Roxanne, our first video. It was a coming together of a bunch of talented friends to make something that we feel is really cool.
How has your live set evolved over the past year?
The more we play, the better we get. When we first played, it was almost just like singing karaoke—sometimes, I wouldn’t sing completely into the mic because I was shy. Now, I’m much more comfortable completely transforming on stage into a performer. I kind of like to think of it as a super hero putting on her suit. Cable-Girl.
What’s the story behind the band name?
When Ben and I started Cable, we were doing a lot of video editing for work, and we were trying to figure out a name that could represent our love of film or video. I was sitting at my desk and staring at all these hard drives that were plugged into my computer; then it came to me. I texted him, “What about Cable?” Boom—million-dollar name and hopefully not a million- dollar lawsuit. :/
What are the band’s main influences, both musically and in general?
Ben is really influenced by Nine Inch Nails and Aphex Twin, while I’m really influenced by Pulp, Blur and a lot of Britpop. I’m also inspired lyrically and emotionally by big, huge, #1 pop songs. I love Taylor Swift, Fun, Lana Del Rey. I really respect a lot of the producers who are behind these artists and really love things that are big and powerful sounding.
How does your perspective combine with Ben’s to create your sound?
Ben and I both share a love of movies. When we first met, we bonded over Christopher Nolan and David Fincher films, specifically the Dark Knight Trilogy. Heartbreak and injustice are topics that get my blood boiling.
Let’s talk about working with Dev Hynes, because that’s awesome. How was working with him and what was that process like?
Dev was a really close friend before we worked together. He’s crazy talented and it’s the best working with someone who knows you well and is familiar with your dreams and aspirations.
To top it all off, you’re also a videographer! Do you think your knowledge of music helped you develop as a videographer (or vice versa)?
I trained rigorously as a dancer my whole life, until my sophomore year at NYU, when I decided I wanted to explore other mediums. Film attracted me because it incorporates everything I love: storytelling, performance, movement, music. I definitely think that my video work and music complement each other. We try to create a world and a story, as one would do when making a movie. When making films, music is always the starting point for me and is what I use to guide the pace and mood of the film.
And of course I must ask—are you a Vans fan?
I am definitely a Vans girl at heart! Spicoli wore the checker slip ons, and I’ve been late to class ever since!