Quantum Electric Labs

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quantum electric labs is, in fact, Mark Parnell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who makes music consisting of thrilling, sugar-rush bleep ‘n’ bloop crash-gasms, recalling Add N to [X], Rustie, Starkey, and We Bang. Soundblab caught up with him to talk about his influences and passions.

First single you bought

I fell in love with music at a very early age.  I was fortunate to have two older brothers that would buy records, quickly get tired of them and pass them down to me (in the 70s). While other kids were listening to The Monkees, The Osmonds and storybook crap, I was playing Zeppelin, Sabbath, Beatles, Doors, etc. But, to answer the question, my musical taste was and is very eclectic. I think the first single I actually paid for was Tubeway Army - Are ‘Friends’ Electric?.

First album you bought

The Clash - Combat Rock

Favourite artist of all time

Pink Floyd and Bassnectar

Favourite current artist

Fever the Ghost

Favourite period in music history

Mid-70s to mid-80s. However, I think I would have to say that we are living in a great time for music right now. Not the corporate gruel being regurgitated thru local radio stations, rather EDM, BASSHEAD, dubstep, and college alternative radio.

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Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen)

Best gig you’ve attended

Tough call between Van Halen (with Dave) and Bassnectar - Vava Voom tour.

Favourite festival

TomorrowWorld

Favourite movie

After Hours - Martin Scorsese

Favourite TV show

Life on Mars, The Blacklist and The 4,400

What equipment you use?

FLstudio and pocketband. Both for Android. I really want to learn a new DAW, but when the creativity hits me, I don't feel like struggling with unfamiliar software.

Who are you influenced by?

Pink Floyd; Big Audio Dynamite; Bob Marley; Jimi Hendrix; KLF; New Order; Alien Sex Fiend; Human League; Joy Division; The Cult; The Damned; Radioactive Goldfish; Ween; Flaming Lips; Ammonia; Hum; Fever the Ghost; Brian Wilson; 311; RUN DMC; Deadsy; Bassnectar; Prodigy; Smashing Pumpkins; Dead Kennedys; Bad Brains, and many, many more.

How long have you been making music and how did you get started?

Been making music since age 12. Got my first guitar and immediately started a band.

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