Adam Bravin was best known as one half of the hip darkwave duo She Wants Revenge, whose post-punk-referencing singles like “These Things,” “Tear You Apart” and “Out of Control” made them a hit with the cool kids in the latter half of the Oughts. He also mans the decks as DJ Adam 12 – and his talents have been appreciated by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Prince to Barack Obama.
His new project is the brilliantly monikered Love, Ecstasy and Terror, which was the result of fellow SWR member Justin Warfield pushing him to go out on his own – with impressive results. Here we premiere the first LXT video, for the track “Carousel,” and chat with Bravin about his musical mission, terrifying relationships, and DJing for the President.
There’s almost a later Beatles-y vibe to the new material. What was your musical vision for LXT?
My mission was to express myself as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. It was the first time in my life that I felt I could incorporate all of the music that has become a part of me. I wanted to create something cinematic, in a sense. I love music that makes me feel, makes me think and makes me envision a world that may or may not exist. I’d like to think that this music accomplishes the same thing.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
Almost all of the romantic relationships I’ve had in my life have included moments of love, moments of ecstasy, and definitely moments of terror.
Does She Wants Revenge still exist?
Yes. Justin and I see each other all the time. We celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our debut album last year, and spent most of the year touring, playing our first album in its entirety. We recorded a new song about a year ago, and will most likely record a new song or two sometime this year, if time permits.
You still DJ around LA. What have you been doing specifically?
I promote and DJ three nights currently: Giorgio’s, which is a private party, mostly 70s disco and funk, with a little 80s R&B, electro and freestyle. It’s located inside the Mmhmm lounge in The Standard Hotel, Hollywood. Also Cloak & Dagger, which is a members only club that everyone must wear all black to get in. I only play music that’s “dark, everything from Depeche Mode to Wu-Tang Clan. It’s located at 1666 McCadden Place in Hollywood. And finally AFEX, which is a throwback party. 1979 – 2005 hip hop, classics and breaks only. Every last Friday at The Satellite in Silver Lake. Always off the hook.
You DJ’d for Barack Obama. What was that like?
As a DJ, it doesn’t really get any bigger than that. It was an honor and a privilege to offer my services to President Obama, who was one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. He’s just like you imagine he would be. I’ve been fortunate to live a lifetime DJing for some of the most amazing people in the world, Prince, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Diddy, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on and on…but this was a whole other level. Coolest job ever.
What songs would you DJ for Donald Trump?
I would never DJ for him. If it were in a dream (or a nightmare) I would most likely play “Impeach the President” by The Honeydrippers.