The 405 is here to take you Under the Influence with another great band. Pr0files are a Los Angeles-based electronica duo comprised of Lauren Pardini and Danny Sternbaum. Their debut LP, Jurassic Technologie dropped on February 23rd.

Having collaborated with the likes of Skrillex, Purity Ring and A$AP Rocky - plus shows with bands such as Metric - Pr0files have set the stage for their next journey. I called up the pair to discuss their influences and what lead to their latest creation.

And, while you're reading, stream their Jurassic Technologie album:

So, let's start off with a little background info. When did you two first meet and how did that come about?

Danny: So, Lauren and I have known each other for, what? About a little over 10 years. We're not sure, but we may have met in New York when Lauren was working at a recording store there. Some friends of mine were recording an album there and I would go hang out. And then when one of those guys moved to LA, he introduced me to Lauren "officially".

Lauren: We moved to LA the same week, we know that.

D: That's true, yeah (he laughs).

I guess you could say fate played a little bit of a role?

D: Yeah, definitely. Everything just kind of fell into place.

L: Yeah, and speaking of like influences, I remember first hanging out, we both liked Nine Inch Nails and got tickets to go to a concert together and that's kind how we became friends.

D: I remember that. And also, the funny thing is, with us, we can never really pinpoint the exact time we started hanging out in LA. But, I do remember. I was working at a recording studio in LA and Lauren came by to play piano on some stuff. And I think you were playing some Depeche Mode-

L: Yeah I was actually.

D: Yeah! And I remember thinking, "I love that fucking song".

(We all start laughing.)

L: I also remember you were dressed like a dinosaur, Danny.

D: I was dressed like a dinosaur.

L: (Laughing) It was Halloween, so...

Well that's just fantastic. Alright, so growing up, what were some of your earliest memories of music?

L: I think that for me, one of the biggest influences was my father. He was obsessed with Bob Dylan and so that really got me into lyrics. And I mean it was cool, my father's just crazy. He like just loves music; he doesn't do music, but he loves music. You know, he would make me listen to so much rock from the '70s. But I really loved electronica, even when I was like 12. I'm from Philly and I was trying to get into clubs all the time. I just loved Daft Punk and I loved Jamiroquai and just all that stuff.

Ooh, very nice. How about you Danny?

D: So I was lucky enough to also have my dad be obsessed with music. He couldn't play a note on an instrument but always had music playing in the house. Similar stuff, like a lot of '70s- a lot of Stones, a lot of Allman Brothers. And then also I had like a big influence with all the music my brother listened to because he was a couple of years older than me. So, he introduced me to The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, and that kind of stuff that was current at the time. So, I was lucky enough to have like a really good back history of stuff while also not being completely closed off to what was current.

It's just funny because I relate. You know, '60s and '70s is just stereotypical dad rock now. But, so, you have that similar background and then you eventually meet up. How was it when you were first playing together? Did you play a lot of covers and who did you look to for inspiration when you were first playing with each other?

D: I think we actually went in the opposite direction. We started off doing the most random shit that you can think of, just completely improvising and experimenting. This was a completely separate project from Pr0files. This was years before we did anything under Pr0files.

L: Yeah, it was like industrial electronica. It was- that was not happening in like 2007 (She laughs). I think it was like 10 years too early, Danny.

D: Yeah, definitely. It was very much Aphex Twin and no one was really listening to that yet or even cared for that yet unless you were already listening to that kind of music. But yeah, now that we have kind of figured out what we're doing, we get some covers under our belt just to throw out during our live shows. Those usually go over well.

So, how did you officially become Pr0files? When did you start to recording and touring under that name?

L: I think that, what we had done, we were trying to work together and create something just for fun. Because Danny was in a band that was touring and I remember being like, "Well let's just do some stuff. Maybe we can do it like, to work together". And that was when we started working together all the time. And Danny, don't you think a big influence on us for that would be like, Prince?

D: Oh yeah, for sure.

L: We were trying so hard to vocally sound like Prince which I think shows a lot in the song we just put out, 'Abuse U (feel It)'. The way the arrangement of the vocals are and especially in the way me and Danny really love the blues. You know, me and Danny talking about Allman Brothers, even Nine Inch Nails is bluesy, or Depeche Mode.

D: Oh yeah, Depeche Mode.

L: So, I think we were kind of messing around with that. And I think something that changed for us was like, Danny would make tracks and I would vibe to them. But at some point we started writing together. I mean it's very true that I had a break up and then like 6 weeks later we wrote 'Call Yourself a Lover' and we said, "Hey, let's put this out." It happened like, overnight for us where were just like, this is the kind of song we want it to be and is great. And it's cool because at first we were experimenting as just friends, no pressure. Then, like when we did...

D: (Laughs) Taken out of context that sounds so wrong, but it's great.

L: (Laughs) What do you mean? Oh! No. But, with 'Call Yourself a Lover', it was one of those songs written with the guitar and the piano. It kind of changed the structure a little bit and made the song more accessible. It just changed a lot. That song is pretty much what started Pr0files and everything that followed, the sound becomes more cohesive. Basically it's all French Touch and we just love the whole French Touch scene. It's like the closest to what fits us, like Air and M83.

D: I think from that point on, the songs became a lot more intentional. We had a direction. We did something that finally feels right and representative of us. Everything from that point on should fit this. That was a big turning point when we finished that song.

And that's great you reached that point where it was intentional and you found that cohesiveness. And you have your debut album that is coming out here.

D: Yeah, we put out an EP about a year-and-a-half ago. And that was just on vinyl on a seven inch.

Very nice. So you had your EP and started recorded your new LP. With live shows in mind, who did you look to for inspiration when performing live? When it comes to using electronics in the studio, it is sometimes difficult to translate all of that when performing live.

D: That's such a relevant question for us right now, especially. We're in the process of completely revamping our live show.

L: I think it's cool that right after we wrote 'Call Yourself a Lover' I had written with Purity Ring and we went and saw them at The Fonda. And we knew we were going to be a two-piece band. And it was cool, because we knew that's what we were gonna do. And it was cool seeing that because this band kills it. And the cool thing is that when they're doing that, everyone knows their songs, so that helps. I think that's the key. I mean, they inspired the hell out of us. That was huge. I mean, we love Daft Punk, but they've got a massive light show behind them.

D: A huge part of that is knowing we're a two-person band. And out music is purely dance music. So, people will actually look on stage; they want something to watch. So, we knew from the very beginning, we were gonna have to be pretty theatrical and have a really solid light show and atmosphere when we perform. We also are looking at bands like The Knife.

L: Oh god, yeah The Knife.

D: The Knife I would say is a huge influence as well. And on a much grander scale... I know one day we're gonna get there. Nine Inch Nails. It was one of the best live shows I've ever seen.

L: I love Empire of the Sun, too. They're just really theatrical and I think that's what just really interests us. Anybody that takes to another world is really interesting to me.

Oh definitely! And with our Under the Influence series, it's not just music. Have there been any films or stage performances that have influenced your writing or performing?

L: I mean, for me, the biggest influence is Blade Runner, which is so cliché. But for me, just like that soundtrack and how that influenced others. You hear it in like Tangerine Dream and like all that music that was on like the Risky Business soundtrack... just that total '80s synth sound. Blade Runner just blows my mind. The whole futuristic Los Angeles thing is just so inspiring. The lighting in that movie, oh my god.

D: Yeah, aside from the music, just the footage of that film. We're trying to incorporate a lot of that look into our live show.

Well I'm loving this the more and more I hear about it. I'm definitely gonna have to check out one of your live shows. How about from a writing standpoint for the lyrics? Is there any poetry or other literature that has influenced you?

D: Well I don't read at all.

L: Yeah, Danny can't read so I'm gonna have to answer this one.

(We all laugh.)

L: So just a random fact, I went to college for opera.

Hey, same here!

L: No, you did not? Well that's an interesting connection I was not expecting. But so you can understand that I love Debussy, Verlaine, and all of that really romantic poetry. Just, short and sweet, really evocative words. And then, if it's more modern, I love James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem. And also like, U2 and Depeche Mode. I love really conversational and simple lyrics.

Some great, great answers there. And maybe this can be for Danny. Listening to the compositions, there is lots of ebb and flow, lots of dynamic. Has there been anything other than music that has influenced that?

D: Oh, yeah. Well I think a big thing is that Lauren is also heavily involved in the production. And I think we're both so conscious of making sure the emotion comes through. Because, I think it's really easy to lose that in electronic music. But, we both have a love for really classic music. You know, we definitely want to make sure that feeling is what comes through the most throughout the album. So, I would say that's one aspect of it. The second thing is, as we started playing shows, we kept that in mind, for how the songs would translate live. Because, we want to keep people engaged when we're performing. And having a lot of variation the album- stylistically it changes pretty drastically- helps with the live shows because it keeps people engaged.

L: The other thing is that the album [Jurassic Technologie] is named after the museum in LA. Have you been there?

No I haven't been there. How is it?

L: Oh my god. You should go. Well, you might hate it and get angry. I don't know. You might be like, "What is this hipster bullshit?" But I love it.

Oh, no. I'm really open minded when it comes to art.

L: Okay, so there's a museum in Culver City called The Museum of Jurassic Technology. And, it is like the influence for the whole album. We spell it differently, with an "ie" at the end to show that French inspiration. The museum, if you like Google it, there's some weird- it's an oddities museum. It pays homage to those old museums. The concept of a museum used to be where you would just find weird stuff and put it in one place, like in the 1800s, I think. So, this museum has the weirdest things that don't make any sense. It's super dark and eerie and it's just really strange. And when we went there I told Danny it would be a really cool song title and Danny suggested it as an album title. But, when I first went there, it was on a very serious date with the person who ended up breaking my heart who the whole album is about. And one of Danny's friends who went there with us really liked it and he's now passed. So there's something really bitter-sweet about it. We didn't know either of those things would happen when we thought of it as an album title and it just developed and it's all just based on this museum.

D: Yeah, it's super, super weird.

Well, I definitely will have to check it out. I'm always up for something new. But, just to kind of wrap things up, who would be one musician or producer you would each want to collaborate and work with?

D: I think for me, it would probably have to be James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem. His music is just so raw and so fucking cool. He's just been such a big influence in how I produce and write music. So, to write and work with him would just be amazing.

L: I think I'm with Danny on that one, but also Justice.

D: Oh god, yeah, Justice.

Well who wouldn't want to work with Justice?

L: You said James Murphy but I think you meant Justice (she laughs).

D: Yeah, either way, we both would have still picked these two.

L: Yeah, and Justice is just so raw and massive. And I just want to work and learn something from them.

Awesome. And just to close things out, what are some words of advice you would give to anyone who is trying to break out and make it to that next step?

D: I think, and this a pretty simple thing but I don't think a lot of people take it to heart, is, especially with music, there is so much you can do on your own now-a-days. I mean, from producing your own music and getting it out there and pushing it on blogs and stuff- basically, do as much as you can on your own until you absolutely need other people to get involved and help you.

L: I agree. I love working with Danny because all of my weaknesses are his strengths. So, it's really cool to align yourself with someone else; so together we can do the things that need to be done to get ourselves out there.