It’s been mayhem lately haha. With all the preparations for the album things have been crazy busy and quite stressful but I feel very fulfilled and couldn’t be happier about it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wildstar”?
Wildstar has a very different tone than the rest of the album. While most of the album is high energy, this one is much mellower and “emotional”. It was the last song to be added to the album. I was finishing the album and felt like it was missing a certain color. I had an older version of Wildstar laying around. I got back to it and realized that it was the missing link. The last color in the palette that makes “the album”. It also has a hand drawn animated music video by a brilliant artist, Natalie Greene.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote it to my wife. It’s about being able to still recognize the spark in a relationship. When people are together for a long time, they tend to get used to each other and the excitement fades. But, if you’re able to see through the routine, you might be able remove some of that dust and find that stealthy spark.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Well, it wasn’t filmed as it is an animated video. I’m usually very hands on with the music videos and mostly direct them myself but with this one, I gave Natalie complete freedom to go wild and be as bold, creative and weird as she wanted. I feel like it really paid off.
The single comes off your new album Habitual Eater – what’s the story behind the title?
Habitual Eater is about realizing that I am a creature of habit. We are all creatures of habit. Working against some of these habits can help us expand.
For instance, learning to express emotions, or working on something so passionately that it requires breaking some of your habits. Or being flexible with your habits in order to make a relationship work. Making adjustments in your habits “for the sake of love.”
In the same way, I underwent a process of transformation as a musician, from playing as a “working drummer,” to producing other artists, and finally to writing and performing my own songs. This required me to focus very hard on breaking my habits.That’s Habitual Eater.
How was the recording and writing process?
It took me almost 4 years to finish the album.
I wrote the songs, and for the most part played, recorded, mixed and produced them myself in my home studio, so it was largely a solitary process. It was quite challenging as I was my own critic and at times I was a bit insecure about things. So yea, probably one of the reasons that it took so long was because it took me some time to become confident in it. Half way through working on the album, I started the live band so playing the songs live with other people definitely helped.
When the album was close to finished, I brought over a few musicians to replace some of my parts as well as bring new ones to the table.
How did you go on balancing your classic influences with the much modern ones?
For me, the process of writing and recording is very instinctive so I don’t necessarily think about my influences, they just happen to naturally sink in through the music.
Would you call this a departure or rather a continuation from your previous musical work?
It’s probably both. The natural tendencies towards the aesthetics and the sound that I’m into are always there but there’s always a lot of exploration of new things and experimentation involved.
How your upbringing has influence your writing?
I think it’ll require some hypnosis in order to answer this question properly.
How did Pet Shop Boys and Jean Luc-Goddard get to influence this record?
As I said, I don’t necessarily think about the influences, they just happen to sink in.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Feelings. It’s always specific feelings that I’m trying to translate into a tangible format such as lyrics.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. We will be playing a lot of shows this year. The album release tour starts March 7th.
What else is happening next in Van Goose’s world?
Other than playing shows, I’m hoping to go back into writing another album soon.