Published on August 28th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Steve Schiltz On The New Hurricane Bells Album “Our World Is 3D,” His Creative Process & Writing Music For Commercials

Within a few years of forming in 1999, the quartet known as Longwave had a big record deal with RCA Records. Touring was done alongside The Strokes, The Vines and OK Go, music videos were made for singles like “Wake Me When It’s Over,” “Everywhere You Turn,” and “Tidal Wave.” The group went on hiatus not too long after touring in support of 2008’s Peter Katis-produced Secrets Are Sinister, yet none of the “classic lineup” members of Longwave would give up music for the long-term.

Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz went on to found the band Hurricane Bells, which toured all over the world and landed a song on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. Earlier this year, Hurricane Bells released a music video for the song “Hurricane,” which The Hype earlier this year, as embedded below. Our World Is 3D is the latest full-length from Hurricane Bells, a full-length instrumental effort released earlier this month. The last 12 months has been a productive period for Schiltz, who has not only written music for national commercial campaigns, but also released a live Longwave album and performed a high-profile live gig at New York City’s Irving Plaza as one-fifth of The Strokes.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Schiltz on August 27, 2021 via Zoom, as embedded. Beyond Our World Is 3D, we spoke about his creative process and how he became an in-demand songwriter for commercial campaigns. More on Schiltz and his various music endeavors can be found online by clicking over to,, and/or

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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