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LAist Interview: Torbitt Schwartz of Chin Chin

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Chin Chin, Brooklyn based funk band are touring the West Coast | Photos provided by the band

In marches Chin Chin, changing the dynamic of Def Jux records with this its first non-hiphop release. They are touring the west coast in late May/ June, and come through LA on Friday, June 6th @ Mint, and in Fullerton on Saturday, June 7th @ The Continental Room.

The dizzying jams and vivid bass lines of Chin Chin came out from under the origins of a monthly party; and probably explain why every show the band plays becomes one giant celebration. The spry, fuzzed-out jams on their new album well capture that feeling of unbridled revelry. Torbitt Schwartz (drums, vocals), Jeremy Wilms (guitar, vocals), and Wilder Zoby (vocals, keyboard) are the core trio of musicians that make up the Chin Chin.

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We called up Torbitt, and pestered him with a few questions.

LAist: If you could work with any musician alive or dead who would it be?

Torbitt: Man that’s a tough one, that’s a really-really tough one. James brown maybe… no not James Brown. I know Eddie Murphy. One of my dreams would definitely be to do Boogie in your Butt with Eddie Murphy.

Obama or Clinton, and why?

You know, I gotta say Barrack. Funny that you didn’t ask me about McCain, I guess there’s not a really big hippy republican funk scene. But I gotta say Barrack because on paper they look fairly similar, and I think that this country is really fucked up, and we’re so systematically disenfranchised that someone who has got the power to really energize people is really powerful. And you know, I’m scared because I’m a little bit of a conspiracy theorist. And I should say that Chin Chin is really an apolitical band, I am a political person though, and I am really fearful that McCain is going to be the guy. And I got to say that my girlfriend is a pretty big feminist, and she’s rooting for Barrack.