I’ve been great, how is Vents doing? I just got back from England, a bit jet lagged but excited about all these releases this summer.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pavement”?
‘Pavement’ was an exciting song to write and record. I think it took about two days of tracking to finish. It has such an energy to it that spending a long period of time on it would have taken out any of that spontaneous feel. I tracked it all in my home studio in Brooklyn, NY. If I can remember correctly that guitar riff came first and it all just came together from there.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yeah, I had been listening to a ton of African funk/soul like the Funkees, Joni Haastrup and others. I love that they can speak about political revolution and hitting on a girl in the same song or even sentence. All of their tracks are alive with rhythm and feeling no matter what the lyrical tone is which is so different from Western music. All of our political songs are angsty, our break up songs are sad, happy songs are upbeat, so I was sort of tired of that same formula. If you listen to the lyrics in ‘Pavement’ it jumps from a slightly sexual, love song to a comment on how we tend to voice our political/social opinions more than ever with the internet but not completely show action. Not to get too preachy, but it was actually fun in a weird way to sing those lyrics over such a light hearted chord change.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, yes yes. Working on it now. I don’t wanna give too much away but it’ll be a nostalgic clip with a sense of humor. If it all works out, it’ll be really cool.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great- like I said took about two days to track and I really wrote it out while tracking. I did not have the song written out before hand. It was all laid out in my home studio and it was a fun session, not stressful nor overly emotional.
What role does NYC plays in your music?
It’s everything. It’s where I was born and raised. It’s my home. Everyone’s home has a big impact on them so New York, being so loud and boisterous, definitely impacts my music everyday. Especially as there is music everywhere, in the train stops there are folk singers and African percussion groups, DJ’s and all that stuff. It’s a fun place to be, but you gotta be a little bit crazy.
Would you call this new project a follow up or departure from your previous work?
I wouldn’t call it either. It’s most definitely not a follow up at all, but I feel like departure is too negative a term. I think it’s just another project, totally different and on it’s own. Stray Echo has zero restrictions. I’m working on new music now that is completely different from these tracks you are hearing, so it’ll take on many forms I hope.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Great question as it’s something I think a lot about. The truth is I’m not really in an album mindset these days. I’ve always been more of a fan of the Motown ideal of singles and now in 2016 the music world is more into singles and not albums, so I like that. I could totally see an album come together, but as of now I love recording 2-3 tracks and just releasing them with no big album moniker behind that. I feel bad for bands that put out albums after working two years on them and it doesn’t work out or does work out or whatever, but there is so much pressure on it. Singles are more lighthearted. Having said all of that, who knows, I may do an album soon haha
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I have two more tracks coming out really soon, one called ‘Grime x Gold’ and the other ‘Fleety.’ I believe the release date for ‘Grime x Gold’ is 7.25.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am going into rehearsals soon so hopefully some news to follow, but I am most busy with writing and production. I am primarily a producer/writer now as with my old band I toured constantly. I’m really happy I get to focus on recording and releasing music right now. I am co-writing the nextJulietta record right now as well as a few other projects. The next Stray Echo batch of songs is really different as well, excited for that.
What else is happening next in Stray Echo’s world?
Lots of recording. I wish I could say more about the next group of songs but I don’t wanna give too much away. I’ll just say that it won’t just be me involved in them. It’s going to be really cool.