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Exclusive Interview: Half an Orange Talk New EP ‘Mostly We Grow PT. 2’

Half an Orange return with something fresh! As the EP title suggests, ‘Mostly We Grow’ underlines the difficult maturity stage of life. Besides their usual acoustics and electronic music elements, these artists tell personal stories through lyrics, which give it a special touch to the entire production. In this new interview, they opened up about their ‘Mostly We Grow’ project, and its second part, which steps ahead of its listeners’ expectations.

1 – Your debut EP reached 5 million streams on Spotify. Do you expect to obtain the same results with this new project?

Both parts of ‘Mostly We Grow’ make up one EP. Originally, we planned on releasing ‘Mostly We Grow’ altogether. However, when esport star Ninja reached out to help us release the debut single off the EP, “Old Friends”, we had to change our strategy. Ninja had been playing our music on his channel and wanted to help us promote our new songs by starring in a Half an Orange music video. It was a massive opportunity we didn’t want to pass on. There was only one problem, the full EP wasn’t ready to be released and Ninja’s schedule required the music video be done soon. We decided to release the EP in two parts in order to give us time to finish the second half of the EP while the first half was being released.

It ended up being the right call. The debut single off ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 1’, “Old Friends”, was our most successful song to date. The music video, uploaded to Ninja’s YouTube channel, was viewed over 2 million times. Our socials and streaming numbers all exploded. In fact, our Instagram following quadrupled in a single day. We won numerous film festivals across the country (including markets like LA and New York) for creating arguably the first and biggest music videos to star an esport athlete. It was an absolute blast working with Ninja. This momentum helped promote ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 1’ and continued through ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’.

We expect our numbers to keep growing with ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’. The release of ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’ was our highest stream total for a single day. Spotify has been a huge supporter of ours. Their playlists are constantly helping new people to discover our music. Rocket League is playing one of the singles off ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’, “Mark Twain”, whenever someone turns on the game. The game has such a massive userbase that our song will be heard 5 million times per day inside Rocket League. We’ll be working with Sirius XM and Monstercat to host the weekly radio show “Call of the Wild” on Sirius XM channel 52. Live Nation partnered with us to release the first-ever animated DJ residency which gets music from ‘Mostly We Grow’ in front of venues across the country.

Even more important than numbers, our fans seem to love the EP ‘Mostly We Grow’. We receive daily messages from fans saying how they use the EP to keep them sane and happy whenever they’ve had a tough day. People are even getting tattoos of their favorite song lyrics off the EP. It has been incredibly touching to see the community’s response to our songs and stories.

2 – What are the similarities and differences between ‘Mostly We Grow PT. 1’ and ‘PT. 2’?

The songs on ‘Mostly We Grow’ revolve around the challenges and realities that hit you while growing up. “Old Friends” is about losing loved ones as you get older. “Sunscreen” is about the friends who helped protect you as life throws more troubling times your way. Our song “Blink 182” is us saying we wish we could sit around and listen to Blink 182 songs all day instead of moving on to new phases of our lives. Growing up is scary and often lonely. It’s important to grow and learn as a person but the idea of your life-changing is still terrifying.

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Because the EP is about growth, we gave ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 1’ and ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’ different album covers. In ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 1’ we (as our astronauts) are holding a flower that is small and struggling to live. In ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’ the album cover is the same, but the flower is now blooming and fully grown. We wanted the album cover and our songs to always show hope that you’ll be ok despite how much life is changing around you.

3 – Do you have a favorite song from this new release? If so, what makes it special?

One of our favorite songs off ‘Mostly We Grow Pt 2’ is “Mark Twain”.

“I wrote this song the afternoon I found out my dad had cancer. He and I went to a river near our house to sit down and take in the information he had been given from the doctor. While we were sitting near the water, he told me he felt like he was already dead. When I got home I found a bunch of dark and creepy sounds and began writing a song about how it would feel to already be dead. The song’s title, “Mark Twain”, comes from the author. In his book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, his characters watch and attend their own funeral, seeing what it would be like to be dead.” – Michael from Half an Orange

4 – How do you approach the songwriting process?

We have a rule that at least one of us has to write for one hour a day. Normally we write for a much longer time, but the one-hour rule ensures we never miss a day. Sometimes we write together. Sometimes we write separately. Writing is like therapy for us so normally we write whatever we are feeling. When a close friend passes away, we write about it. When we have had a hard day, we write up it. Writing about what we’re dealing with gives us a sense of calmness and closure.

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Our first stages of the writing process are on piano or guitar. We’re focusing on finding lyrics and composition. We try and keep it as organic as possible by writing the lyrics on paper and avoiding the computer or our phones. Before releasing music as Half an Orange, we wrote folk music together so writing organically is more comfortable to us.

For lyrics, the goal is to be honest and share a story that has happened to us. We want the listener to feel like they’ve been transported somewhere with us. Hopefully, they can relate to the story and emotions in the song.

After getting the composition and lyrics of the song down we both work in our studio to begin production. We record ourselves playing instruments and singing. During the process, we are trying to get the emotion and feel of the song down. We brainstorm different ideas and experiment with all kinds of instruments, melodies, synths, and samples. Most of our songs are acoustic or piano-based, but it’s not uncommon for us to spend more time on the percussion. We try and get the majority of the recording and playing of the song done together in the studio over a couple of days. The whole process from writing, composing, and producing takes about 2 weeks. We then spend another 2-4 weeks polishing the song and crafting the mix.

5 – How long did it take you to produce this new material?

We are heavily involved with every step in our song’s life cycle. It takes about a month for us to create a song. Another 1-3 months is spent on the music video for the song. We animated the music videos for “Buzz Lightyear” and “End of the Moon” ourselves. Both music videos took 2-4 months to make. “Old Friends” with “Ninja” was a 5-6 month project. After the song and music video are made we spend another month working on the release strategy with our label. ‘Mostly We Grow’ (parts 1 and 2) took over a year to put together. It was a fantastic journey that taught us a lot about ourselves.

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6 – What was the hardest moment during the recording process?

“When Andrew and I were in the studio for “Mark Twain” I was singing it in my ‘normal’ voice. He pushed back and said it felt weird having a song about being dead but sounding like I was alive. We experimented with ways for me to sing in a style that let the listener know I wasn’t my normal self. The high creepy vocals were developed that day in the studio and are actually me singing without auto-tune. It took us forever to get the vocals down and singing in that style was really taxing on my vocal cords. The song’s subject matter made singing it over and over again emotionally draining.” – Michael from Half an Orange

7 – Who would you love to see remixing your new tracks?

WRLD remixed our song “Buzz Lightyear” and it was fantastic. The first song we ever released as Half an Orange was remixed by Holmsey. We’d love to have both of them hop on for another remix. Producers like Tokyo Machine, Tails, InukShuk, and Ephixa would also be awesome in re-creating our songs and stories through a remix.

8 – Are you planning to release a music video anytime soon?

There mostly likely won’t be any more music videos for ‘Mostly We Grow’. Please enjoy the current music videos for ‘Mostly We Grow’: “Buzz Lightyear”, “Old Friends”, “Given Up”, and “End of the Moon”. We made really fun visualizers for Blink 182 and Sunscreen. With Live Nation and Monstercat, we are releasing the first-ever animated DJ residency. It’s an hour of fully animated video content using songs from ‘Mostly We Grow’. We premiered an early access version of the show at Live Nation venue Bogart’s in Cincinnati Ohio and are preparing more shows for it.

9 – Last question, will there be a third part of ‘Mostly We Grow’ in 2020?

If fans keep getting tattoos of ‘Mostly We Grow’ Pt 1 and Pt 2 we’ll probably have to.


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Full Interview Out Now, Munatix Will Release “You Just Keep Hanging On”

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“You Just Keep Hanging On”
by Munatix is a classic SynthPop song for the 21st-century generation to be released on July 31st. Music acts like Erasure, Giorgio Moroder, and Chromeo were the source of inspiration behind this great tune. Obviously, it was produced in a contemporary way to make it sound fresh. Learn more about this Belgian duo and their new single in this exclusive interview with one of its members, Josh Sleurs.

1 — I’m loving your new single, “You Just Keep Hanging On”, how many synths did you use for this tune?

The song started out as a bunch of chords that evolved towards a song by adding a piano melody. Then I started stacking the synth sounds and left out the piano in the end. The lyrics followed later.

The first synth line added was the MiniMoog bass. To make it exciting, we added a phaser and an evolving digital delay. Giorgio Moroder used this type of delay a lot on his Disco records. So, how many… including the drum computer, about 6 instruments.

2 — Personally, I think it’s a highly singable song. Are you planning to drop a lyric video?

The song has a melody and lyrics with meaning. These days it is popular to make lyric videos. So, it would be a logical thing to do. However, every single release is an opportunity for us to show ourselves. We want people to know who we are, what we look like, and what we stand for. Doing a video shoot for a new single is a great opportunity to do that. Currently, we are editing the video. The video will be released onto YouTube, a week after the single release.

3 — What message are you trying to send to your fans about relationships?

Well, the song is about long-distance relationships. Through social media, we are always connected every minute of the day. We just have to push a button on our smartphone and we are there. We don’t even have to dial a number.

Do you want to share an impression of the location you are at? Just make a picture and send it, instantly. This can make you feel close to a person, even if there is a physical distance. The song describes what that feels like. Being always connected but missing the physical contact.


4 — How did you learn to produce vintage-like music?

I started music when I was seven, I play synths since I was 9. That was the mid-eighties when bands using synths were revolutionary. My musical taste was formed in that era.

The synths from that era sound warm, phat, organic, lush, name it…, they just sound great. I lived through the digitization of electronic music instruments by the end of the ’80s and the ’90s. During the last 20 years, synth companies went through a lot of effort virtualizing the vintage analog sound in a digital way. In the last 10 years, there even is an enormous revival in analog electronic instruments.

Vintage analog synths are reissued, cloned in different ways. That means there is a lot of demand for that vintage sound. So the love for that sound, by musicians in general, never went away.

I remember playing a virtual software version of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synthesizer in a music store 20 years ago. I fell in love immediately. I never had the opportunity to play that beloved and expensive original instrument. The software version got me acquainted with it. But I wanted the real thing. I wanted to be able to really play that instrument, touch it with my fingers, experience the presence, and see how it reacts to me when I turn the knobs.

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My love for these vintage synths combined with my love for melody, harmonies, and classic song structures make our retro sound. Still the producing part is not retro. We use a modern computer with the latest software for recording with a bunch of virtual plug-ins for processing. We try to make it sound also contemporary in a way.

On our first single, “The Rhythm Sets My Heart On Fire” most of the sounds were coming from software synths. To come back to your question. Today everything is on YouTube. Martin Garrix showed us behind his desk how he made his groundbreaking track ‘Animals’. Avicii modestly shared some of his secrets in a YouTube video. You just have to take the time to watch it. We can just learn from the masters themselves online. We don’t have to go to school anymore. We just look online for what we need and take it in.

5 — Synthpop is a culture, not music. Do you agree or disagree?

I am convinced people do not only listen to music because of the music itself, but also the aura surrounding it. When you look at Synthwave, that has become a culture. It comes along with art, fashion, lifestyle. So I think you can call Synthwave a culture.

I think for Synthpop maybe this is less prominent. In history, there were a lot of branches from Synthpop where it was more prominent if you talk about New Wave for instance. But it is not always easy to box music into a category. We think we make ‘Synthpop’ because we use ‘synths’ and want to make ‘Pop’ music. So that is a logic contraction. However “Groovin’ Is My Hobby” appeared in a lot of Synthwave playlists on Spotify. Some people like to call our music ‘Electro-Pop’. I do not always know what the exact outlines are for those categories.

6 — A lot of fans have a nostalgic connection with your music. Are you afraid of taking a new sonic direction?

We want to make music that feels good to us, set out our own path, and follow that. Of course, we hope to find our audience that likes our music. Trying something new can be a risk. But if you do what you are passionate about, I think we will radiate that passion towards our listeners.

Ricky and I have a guitar Rock song in the store that we want to release in the future that reminds of the style of AC/DC. We still want to mix in some synths, but it will remain a Rock song. So we might have surprises up our sleeves.

7 — Besides composing your own tracks, what kind of services do you offer to the public as a production duo?, Are you open to collaborations?

In order to realize the goals we really need to focus on priorities. Since we are indie musicians and do the whole process of writing and releasing ourselves, there is not much time left. The past months, 4 remixes of Munatix songs, made by fellow musicians came out, which we think is nice. To do remixes ourselves, or do collaborations, that would be too distracting at this moment. Our first priority is to write an hour of music so we can start gigging. “You Just Keep Hanging On” is our fifth single, so we still have some work to do.

8 — Which artists have you been listening to in Lockdown?

I discover new music via the Spotify Discovery Weekly playlist now. My recent discoveries are DJ Storken, with “Lille Vals” and Rex The Dog, with “Do You Feel What I Feel”. Also, I have been listening a lot to the Pur Zynth’s Synthwave playlists and the ‘Synthpop Your World’ playlist. Other than that, I think the new Erasure album coming out sounds promising.

9 — Can we expect a new Munatix album for 2020? If so, tell us more about it.

At a rate of releasing 3 singles a year, 2020 will be too soon. We aim for 2022. Until now we have done a video for each release. Organizing that and editing the video almost takes as much time as making the music itself. But it is fun to do.

10 — Any words of advice for those newbie talents who want to dive into the world of synths?

Gear has become relatively cheap and choices are plenty. Good sound has been democratized and is now available to almost everybody. That means everybody can take their shot at making music. If you like vintage synth sounds and tweaking hardware you can start out with some Behringer vintage synth clones. A 400$ analog hardware MiniMoog clone was unimaginable 10 years ago. We live in exciting times.


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Quickfire Interview With: Mike1/2Nelson

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Meet charismatic Indie-Pop singer, songwriter, and actor Mike1/2Nelson. His latest single, “Strongheart,” is for everyone out there fighting for what’s good and right. It’s about meeting challenges with bravery and courage. This tune is part of his recent EP, ‘All Are Welcome’, available to stream via Spotify. Check out the short and concise interview I had with the Brooklyn-based artist below.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

Since I was 6.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

All the other realms were taken.

3 – Your sound is…

Retrograde and futuristic.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

Manic episodes.

5 – People should listen to your new EP ‘All Are Welcome’ because…

It slaps.

6 – If you want to know who Mike1/2Nelson is, listen to the track…

“Strong Heart.”

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Releasing my debut project during a pandemic.

8 – Your dream is…

Hosting SNL.

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9 – Your next release is called…

“Should’ve Known”.

10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

“All Through the Night” by Cyndi Lauper.

11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

My studio.

12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…

A mime or a cowboy.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I get drafted to the NFL.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Recording with Rick Rubin in Malibu.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

Auditioning for the NFL. My tap number needs work.


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Exclusive Interview: Steven Jones On Lockdown & Writing “Shedding My Skin”

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‘ recent release “Shedding My Skin” is heavily influenced by swirling synths and drum machines. The outcome of cutting-edge Synthpop with the vintage-esque aesthetic is what makes his music so special. What’s more, the spread of COVID-19 accompanied by large lockdown periods become the inspiration for his latest lyrics. Scroll down and learn more about this interesting song.

1 –  When it comes to your music, what three words best describe it?

Dystopian Analog Beauty.

2 – How have you been keeping yourself entertained this lockdown?

I’ve continued to practice yoga on a daily basis. I’ve done more walking in the park than ever before. I’ve made a special project of carefully listening to the back catalogues of my favourite artists. I’ve watched lots of movies and read a pile of books. Lockdown has given me a time to experiment with video, take moody photos, and pen obscure apocalyptic lyrics.

3 – I’m loving the vibes of your new EP, “Shedding My Skin”, what’s the inspiration behind this material?

“Shedding My Skin” is a lockdown anthem. I suspect a lot of artists will have been inspired by the deep strangeness of the world’s response to COVID-19. This EP is our response. The starting point was Kevin O’Dowd’s claustrophobic lyrics. Using these as a foundation, I created a basic demo I tended to reflect the dislocation and fear of the quarantined mind. I envisaged a skeletal soundscape out of which a voice intones images of despair and hope. Once this was achieved, Logan added his cinematic electronics and sleek production. The dub mix, “New Skin” purifies the emotion of the isolated spirit of lockdown into sheer atmospherics. A wordless cry from behind a closed door.

4 – How much time did you work for this EP?

One of the most interesting aspects of lockdown was a sense of timelessness. It’s easy to spend hours recording and experimenting. I suppose I worked on the demo for a few days before Logan got busy with it at Sky Studios. It was a relatively speedy process.

5 – I’m curious about your creative process, what comes first lyrics or sound?

The songwriting process usually begins with sound. A basic demo provides an atmosphere or emotional cue from which the lyrics arise. I usually start by improvising a vocal on the track, singing whatever comes into my head. So often the lyrics come right out of my subconscious. After several improvised takes I’ll begin to feel a structure appearing. Then I’ll begin to edit the lyrics. When there is something the feels like a song, I’ll send the stems Logan who will make suggestions, play in new melodies and add dynamics. We discuss ways to refine the atmosphere or take it in unexpected directions.

6 – Do you have a specific writing technique for the lyrics?

It starts with improvisation around themes that currently preoccupy me. I take inspiration from novels, films, art, overheard conversations, dreams. Sometimes I’ll draw from my own experience and encode this into the song. Many lyrics arise spontaneously in response to the mood of the track. Sometimes we have a song title which guides the overall content of a lyric. I have a very language-based thought process so I can easily generate imagery and curious sentences.

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7 – What do you prefer, analog or digital synths? Performing live or working in the studio?

We can appreciate both as warm and icy sounds soundscapes, but I know Logan likes to focus on vintage hardware, that was used to create the synth soundscapes for the final Visage albums recorded before Steve Strange died.

Live performance is exciting and it’s an amazing feeling to sing one’s own songs but I prefer recording. I find it immensity fulfilling to write and record songs and then allow them to live in the world. I feel it’s like capturing time. I think my love of recording has its roots in my life-long passion for records! I’ve always preferred listening to an album than going to a performance. Gigs are cool but nothing beats immersion in the self-contained sonic world of a great album!

8 – Is your music only suitable for nostalgic lovers of the 80s or Synthwave fans?

I suspect that a lot of people view us as a Synthwave duo arising from a scene based in nostalgia. And while it’s true that our musical DNA can be traced back to the electronics of the early 80s, I’m keen that our records are creatively vital and future-thinking. Our music is a direct reaction to modernity and not a flight from it and we actively reject pastiche!

Some of our songs draw upon the world around us. “Corrupt State”, “Deluxe Tourist” and “Supply Chains” look at issues of corruption, “Syria” is an ode to the ongoing war and “For Europe” laments our departure from the EU.

Exclusive Interview: Steven Jones On Lockdown, Creativity & Writing "Shedding My Skin"
9 – Beyond music, are you a big fan of movies and books? Any recommendations?

My current reading list consists of the surreal poetics of William Burroughs. I recommend “Cities Of The Red Night” for a journey into the bizarre. And for light relief, “An Officer And A Spy” by Robert Harris.

“The English Patient” for doomed romance. Polanski’s “Macbeth” for windswept tragedy and “Network” for a cynical take on the media!

10 – Lastly, if you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?

A virtual swim through the cosmos, a shimmering journey from darkness to light…


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Tyler Okun Reveals What His Music Is All About + New EP ‘The City’ In Interview

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Music has been the focal point of Tyler Okun’s entire life. He has the ability to easily convey his feelings through relatable songs that touch your soul. Not for nothing, his debut EP, ‘The City’ is full sincere emotions and contemporary melodies for your pleasure. Tyler wishes to impact the world positively and bring smiles to those who listen. Learn more about his amazing music below.

1 — Who are your musical influences?

Growing up, I was exposed to many artists from the 70s/80s, so I’d consider that my backbone for influences. But since then I’ve grown to really appreciate Pop and Alternative. I’d say my main influences are Green Day, The 1975, Troye Sivan, and Tom Misch.

2 — Why do you have a special interest in guitar-based music?

I was introduced to the guitar when I was five years old when my aunt bought me a beginner acoustic guitar. Naturally, I was drawn to music that I could play along with. Some of my earliest memories include strumming along to concerts playing on my TV.

3 — How would you describe your signature sound?

I play into what people would consider “Pop” sensibilities. However, with each song, I try to find a cool way to integrate other genres into that Pop sound. Take “Basic” for example, I had this really awesome baseline in my head, as well as a really catchy hook, and then I and my producer decided it would be crazy to add giant 80’s style synths and a trap-style drum pattern. And it just worked.


4 — Is it easy to turn your feelings into lyrics?

Absolutely. I find songwriting to be a very cathartic experience because there’s been huge highs and lows in my life. Putting it to lyrics is my way of communicating it to everyone so that I can get the gratification of knowing at least one person who hears this song has gone through the experiences I write about and can relate.

5 — What subjects do you prefer to explore in your songs?

Writing about love was my way of writing songs. The first song I’ve ever written “Serenity” was my way of explaining such a powerful emotion. Since then though, my songs have evolved into territories like empowerment, dancing, heartbreak, and even depression and anxiety.

6 — You just released a new EP, titled ‘The City’. What does this project mean to you?

For the majority of my time actually making music, I was writing acoustic songs and never even considered what I’d do with a larger sound. That all changed when I started working with my producer, Matt “Malto” Loss. We spent so many hours just trying anything possible in the makeshift studio in his basement. This EP is displaying my new sound that I was able to find while recording there. This sound feels more like me, more fun, and just plain awesome.

7 — Which is your favorite song from this material? Why?

I’d have to say the title track “The City”. It’s just so fun, and it just gives me so much energy every time I hear it. I was able to really shred my guitar and pull off some really high notes with my vocals. I think it’s the perfect way to get people ready for what’s to come with the rest of the EP.

8 — Are you open to remixes? If so, what are the requirements?

Definitely! Requirements would be just to have fun with it and present my song in a new, interesting way! Side-note, I really dig electronic remixes so I’d be really curious to see what an electronic specific artist could do with my stuff.


9 — What’s next for you in the next half of 2020?

Playing my music wherever I can, and spreading positivity with it, I think the world really needs that right now. And who knows? I’ve got a lot of plans for more future releases!

10 — Finally, what’s the best career advice you’ve received as an artist?

Honestly, I’d have to go with my Dad’s classic phrase “Knock ‘em dead!”, his way of saying to just give it all I’ve got. He has always believed in me from day one. From the first time I performed anywhere till now, my Dad would always say that phrase to me before I’d start anything. So in everything I do, I go into it hearing him saying that to me, and I know I’ve given it my all.


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Lailien Talks His Gigi D’Agostino Cover + More In Interview

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Meet the magician of music, Brad Shubat aka Lailen. Carried away by his great creativity and imagination, he gives new life to Gigi D’Agostino’s classic “Fly With You”, which is featured in the crime thriller Uncut Gems. Known for experimenting with electronic music, pop, and rock, you can learn more about how he works and much more in this exclusive interview.

1 – First of all, what made you want to do a cover of one the greatest hits of Gigi D’Agostino?

In the words of my collaborator and co-singer Ruby Perl, the song is divine! We both love the song, including its many other formal iterations of covers and remixes. We had just finished our version when I heard it play at the end of the new Safdie brothers’ film Uncut Gems, soundtracked by Oneohtrix Point Never, so I knew the stars had aligned for sure!

2 – What’s the new perspective you want to bring with this cover?

Every artist brings their own peculiar idiosyncrasies to a cover if they’re doing something interesting and I felt that the generosity of this tune was still far from exhausted in its sonic possibilities. Primarily we wanted to take it into new stratospheres of playfulness and jubilation.

3 – Which is your favorite lyrics’ line on “Fly With You”? Why?

“I still believe in your eyes, I just don’t care what you’ve done in your life”

It’s so powerfully eloquent. A perfect encapsulation of the prospect of innocence at religious depths of profundity expressed through common phenomenological beauty, the eyes being windows into the soul.

4 – What do you use in your studio when producing these types of tunes?

Lots of various equipment and software, including Ableton, Logic Pro, Omnisphere, Native Instruments, UAD plugins, Waves plugin package, a Neumann M147 mic, Gibson Les Paul guitar, Music Man sub-bass and more!

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5 – Do you think that having a luxurious music studio is indispensable for the creative process of any song?

I do think it’s very important. Humans exude technological extensions of our imaginations and studio equipment provides a basis for catalyzing new possibilities. I will say though that one can have all the most expensive equipment in the world and still not make anything interesting if the creative spirit isn’t properly attuned.

6 – Besides producing the catchy beats, did you also record your own vocals for this track?

Yes, and here I have to give a massive shoutout to producer and all-around brilliant musician Mark Zubek who was absolutely crucial and essential on this track. All my songs are recorded with him at his Zedd Records studio in Toronto.

7 – Who is the singer that collaborates with you on this cover?

Ruby Perl. She is such a beautiful soul and was the driving force behind this particular song’s creation. This is actually her first professionally recorded tune so I’m super psyched by her performance and what’s to come next!

8 – Are you planning to release more covers or remixes in the near future? If so, tell us more.

Not currently, but I do have a lot of original material coming out soon, including several videos!

9 – Where do you usually find inspiration?

There’s a poet friend of mine named Michael Boughn who told me he believes in perspiration over inspiration. That always stuck — putting in a consistent work effort regardless of the day to day fluxes of motivation. Thankfully though I do find myself inspired most of the time regardless, especially by what other musicians are making, the poetry I read, and the love of creating in general.

10 – Do you believe the electronic music scene will evolve after the pandemic ends?

The pandemic will definitely have an impact, but not in some homogenized, congealed manner. I expect an ongoing proliferation of diverse and nuanced artistic practices to reverberate and emerge. Life constraints have always informed and propelled creative agency, sometimes in paradoxically nurturing ways, so if anything I hope it brings further compassion, respect, and appreciation to artists in general which in turn blossoms into magnificent new works.


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