Q&A: Modular Record’s Shelley Wright on the NYC indie music scene

How did you get into the music industry?

I actually started out doing events and publicity at ACP Magazines before landing my then-dream job in publicity at Sony BMG. I was there for two years before I moved to New York.

What were your three favourite bands growing up?

Hole, Hole, Hole. Massive Courtney Love fan. I nearly got “I want to be the girl with the most cake” tattooed on my arm. Still might.

What’s one great band you’ve worked with, and what do you think makes them great?

The Foo Fighters – because Dave Grohl is the biggest legend in the world.

Name three music venues/concerts which have blown your mind.

Too many to name! Living here, I see mind-blowing things on a monthly basis. I guess if I had to choose three that stand out in this moment as being special in some way, it would be:

  • Explosions In The Sky at Central Park, in a sun-shower in the middle of the summer.
  • Spiritualized playing “Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” with a live orchestra and gospel choir at Radio City Music Hall.
  • Tame Impala’s first NY shows earlier this year – four sold out shows over three days in the dead of summer, in small but amazing venues, with the crowds going nuts for them, sweat dripping from the ceiling — totally awesome vibes.

What’s the best underground music venue in NYC?

There are lots of great things happening music-wise in Brooklyn, including a raft of small, DIY venues. People and groups like Todd P, the Pop Manifesto, Turbotax, PopGun Booking, Dump FM, Abracadabra and Jelly are putting on shows with limited resources but buckets of love and passion, and it’s exciting to be around.

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