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LAist Interview: D.A. Wallach of Chester French

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Photo via Chester French's Myspace

Chester French, an eclectic pop duo who hail from Harvard, are poised to release one of the most heavily anticipated debuts of 2009. Surely, the hype stems from being courted by Pharrell Williams' to sign to his prominent, predominantly hip-hop label, Star Trak. But as front man D.A. Wallach explains, the band's open-mindedness and respect for all walks of music paved the way to their retention of the machinery of the music industry.

LAist: How many bands, to your knowledge, have come out of your little ole alma mater?
DA: Rivers from Weezer, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. I think someone from the Talking Heads. So there's a history of musicians, but I don't know how many bands.

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LAist: Do you think people expect more from you because of your background, musically and otherwise?
DA: Yeah, I don't think so musically. Maybe it creates a sort of burden of proof because people are rightfully skeptical of folks from that sort of world, as we are.

LAist: What's it like receiving offers from some of the biggest names in the hip-hop game?
DA: It was really cool man. We were honored. You know everyone we've had the chance to work with someone we looked up to musically and career-wise. It was great, you couldn't ask for more.

LAist: What about your music draws these people?
DA: We're just open-minded. We listen to their music with a lot of respect and we take it seriously. I think it's been influential, what we do, and I would hear that.

Chester French - "She Loves Everybody"