What do the phrases Weird Tapes, Memory Cassette, and Memory Tapes all have in common? Besides being kick ass names for kick ass electronic music projects, they're also aliases for Dayve Hawk. What began as Weird Tapes, a sampling project Hawk initiated because he was in between homes and only had access to his computer, became Memory Cassette and then morphed in Memory Tapes. Unlike Weird Tapes, Memory Tapes finds Hawk playing all of the sounds on his albums -- including more unorthodox "instruments" like a bicycle pump and the squeak of sneakers on a basketball court -- instead of sampling other songs.
Senior Editor Jason Lamphier (who says that Memory Tapes's "Bicycle" from the debut album Seek Magic was his favorite song of 2009) caught up with Hawk in the Out video studio to chat about Memory Tapes's new album, Player Piano, how he goes about producing his killer remixes for everyone from Phoenix to Crystal Castles, and more: