Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti talks Little Joy

Fab_l Although some residents of L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood may be slightly bitter about Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti naming his new band, Little Joy, after a popular local watering hole, got an early listen to the band’s album-in-progress, and rest assured, only joyful thoughts will come to those who reserve judgment and wait. We sat down with Moretti as he entered the mixing phase to talk about his new venture — and what it means for the Strokes.

EW: Little Joy is made up of you, your girlfriend, Binky, producer Noah Georgeson, and Los Hermanos guitarist Rodrigo Amarante. How did you guys hook up?
FABRIZIO MORETTI: My whole family lives in Brazil, and my brother kept sending me Rodrigo’s music. One night, his band and mine were playing the same festival in Portugal and he came by to say hello. After the show, we stayed up the whole night by the side of the river in Lisbon, just chatting it up. Then Rodrigo came to work [in L.A.] with Devendra Banhart, and we started hooking up and making music. We met Binky around the same time, and we just started writing songs together. I had this bushel of songs I’d been saving for a long time, but they were just seeds. We developed them together and made them realistic ideas.

And you named this band after a bar?
[Laughs] Yeah, I used to live right up the street. It’s the bar where we’d go to unwind. Binky was actually the one who said we should call the band Little Joy. I was like, "I don’t know," but then I came around to it.

Do you consider this a side project?
I don’t know. I have all my heart and love in it right now — this is my band. We’re hoping we’ll get the album out by November or some time in late fall. 

What about the Strokes?
The plan is for us to start getting our ideas together in February. I can’t wait to see those guys and work on music with them, but right now all of my focus is on this. With me and [guitarist] Nick [Valensi] living in L.A., and everyone else in New York City, I feel a bit detached from the rest of the guys, but we keep in touch. It’s weird, for ten years — since 1998 — we were together all the time.

There was a rumor a while back that the Strokes might work with producer Rick Rubin on the next record.
I’d love to work with Rick Rubin. He made some pretty seminal records. But it’s like, before we have an idea, before there’s a sketch done, we’re not going to choose the color.

Comments (10 total) Add your comment
  • Nathan Poitras

    I like Albert Hammond’s solo music, but come on now, let’s get that new Strokes record out, it’s been like 3 years, you’re killin’ me.

  • Julia

    I’m sooo happy that Fabrizio and Amarante are working together! The Strokes and Los Hermanos are two of my favorite bands, and they have such different aesthetics that I think something very interesting will come out of this partnership. The only downside is that Los Hermanos is officially on hold, for an unlimited amount of time, and Strokes is unofficialy on hold, with two previous band mates working on solo careers or side projects. I fear for both of the bands.

  • duncan

    i feel the same as nathan – i would like to have another strokes album to listen to. they are one of my all time fave bands. i live in australia and i want everyone to know we all love the strokes down here!

  • Daveee

    well Little Joy is neat.
    i like it.
    but i wish The Strokes reunited again.
    mang.. been long time.
    well their side projects are very good.
    Fab being Fab like always
    nikolai with his folk rock
    julians converse colab
    nick! i never knew he sang. i was very surprised
    and yes alberto’s second album…
    aaah The Five Strokes dont stop to amuse me.
    but i want em back in one whole piece as THE STROKES!

  • Alex

    I saw Little Joy last night and it thought they were ok. I have seen The Strokes over 20 times and I miss them! I am nostalgic every time I see one of these guys playing in their side projects. We want The Strokes back! Please…….

  • J Beezy

    Been a FAN of the strokes forever!! I like little joy as well but the guys together are what the us FANS live for!! Cant wait to see what you guys come up with in FEB!!

  • Matt

    I met Fab on Thursday in NYC, where he tried to get me and a friend into a show, since we were under 21, but it couldnt be done! SO, he gave us a hug and we told him we are going to Boston to see him.. So, last night, we met up with him again and he completely remembered us. He felt bad that we couldnt get into the NYC show and was so glad we came. We chatted for a bit and he hugged us again. He is seriously the nicest guy I have ever met. The Little Joy show was amazing and it was so great to sit and talk to him!

  • Taylor

    little joy is fantastic! i started listening to them because the strokes are my favorite band, and i was NOT dissappointed. (: i’m definitely going be seeing them live asap.

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  • Rosie

    Binky performed on the Carson Daly show last week and wore one of our dresses. :)

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