Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
T: Things are going great!
J: Excellent! Uber-busy getting ready for the Portland debut of Indigoe this week!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Call In The Air”?
J: “Call in the Air” is an important musical moment for me. It was written as a sort of “farewell” to my time in San Francisco. Todd and I conceptualized the song over a year ago and chiseled away at it inbetween other projects we were working on. As my move to Portland became definitive, I made it a prioirty to finish writing and recording this song with Todd. We previously wrote in another band for a number of years and I wasn’t sure if I would have another opportunity to work with him again. I’m glad we got it wrapped up. I’m quite proud of it!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
J: At the time of inception I was pumping out at least one song a week. This one stood out to both of us because it felt unique. It was really calling out for big vocals and a real story. I’ve always been inspired by the big ballads in 80’s movies and I wanted to capture some of the emotion and vulnerability you would often hear in those songs. There is a good chance I had Topgun on in the background while I was writing “Call in the Air”.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
T: It’s really up to Josh. He knows I need at least 4-6 months to get camera-ready though.
J: I would love to do a video for this song. Nothing solidified yet.
How was the recording and writing process?
T: I wrote lyrics and vocal melodies based on a short clip of something Josh sent me. Josh writes lots of types of music and knows the kinds of tracks for which I like to write lyrics. Josh knows that I have a soft spot for driving 80’s basslines. I sent him a few vocal demos and it was enough for him to run with the rest of the composition. We recorded the vocals with Ian Pellicci at New Improved Recording in Oakland. I ate McDonald’s just before hopping into the vocal booth. I was hoping to capture that “McDonald’s” sound that everyone seems to love.
J: I wrote the initial demo over the course of 1-2 days in late 2014. Over the course of 2015, the song went through many iterations both sonically and compositionally. It definitely pushed me to the brink a few times. That’s the fun part of writing, though. I think my best results occur when I am at the edge. Recording with Ian was fantastic. He has an excellent studio in Oakland and the song really came to life there. Todd made a mess and got ketchup on the microphone.
Josh and Todd -What was it like to work with each other, and how did that relationship develop?
T: Josh and I already had good chemistry working on songs together from writing in our previous band, Rio Rio. I trust his judgement for the way the music sounds, and I think he trusts my ownership of the lyrics and vocal melodies.
J: Todd responded to a “singer wanted” Craigslist ad I had up in 2012. We went out for a beer and the rest is history. We learned how to work efficiently with one another over the next few years so by the time this song came to fruition, we had a great workflow. Trust in one another is key in the writing process and we have that in spaids. I always love writing with Todd. I’m either writing some top-notch dance pop or laughing so hard I am on the verge of tears.
How much did Todd get to influence the song in the collaboration?
T: I also do a fair amount of music production, so I was able to provide some basic input on the synth tracks. For the most part, that was the “Josh Show.” Josh let me run with the lyrics. I remember the first time I sang the full song for him, karaoke-style, in my apartment in SF. Josh was stoked, so I was happy with how the vocals turned out.
J: Generally, I like to produce a song idea on my own and bring it to Todd for note’s. I must have done that 5-6 times over the course of 2015 and Todd’s ideas really helped shape the song’s structure and sonic foundation. We knew what we wanted to acheive with this one.
Does San Francisco plays a role in your music?
J:San Francisco has a very specific energy. It’s always moved me and it definitely inspired me when I was living there. It’s chaotic big city, but there is always something weird going on. I love that and I tried to let a little of that in to my writing process. Writing with Todd is always chaotic and weird.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
J: Yes! I was back at New Improved studios tracking vocals with another guest vocalist a few weeks ago. I have a few more Indigoe tracks in the pipeline so stay tuned!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
J: I’m aiming to have an EP finished by the end of this year. I’ve released a few single’s under the Indigoe moniker and there is more to come.
Any plans to hit the road?
J: I don’t have plans to hit the road just yet. I have a few gigs up here in Portland and I’d love to make my way up and down the West Coast for a tour. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it come’s to performing live, and I’m not quite where I want to be in term’s of setup.
What else is happening next in Indigoe’s world?
J: I am working with a licensing company up here in Portland to get Indigoe into the TV, film and commercial realm. I am also perfecting my visuals and adding new elements to my writing process.
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