Hi Vent, I’ve been pretty good, thanks for asking.
Can you talk more abut your latest single Faith?
“Faith” is a mixed media animation created by Davide Di Saro, and music composed by myself and accompanied by many of my musician friends called The Lipliners. The song and animation work as a valedictory statement to bring messages of faith and hope when things change unavoidably toward the unknown. The animated adventure unfolds among a living landscape representing the paradoxical friction of force between our real world and dreams to achieve. Within this world we gracefully follow a fantastical character roaming with his soul, toward an unalloyed river which streams silver shimmers of faith and optimistic peace. Ultimately the adventurous soul, embarks on a floating mountain disappearing in the distance while we learn how to respectfully pose an eternal farewell to what we have left behind.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
During the writing of this song, I was going through a lot of turmoil and changes in my life that forced me to eventually get rid of everything i owned -all my clothes, my nostalgia, memories, belongings, musical equipment, and finally my home. I wrote ‘Faith’ during this time to remind myself that I must have faith and to accept that change was here, and that i will eventually overcome this chapter of my life.
What initially drew you to make an animated video?
Truthfully, it was timing that brought Davide and I together to imagine this animated video. I had started working on recording Faith when I met Davide. At the time he was looking to do some videos for Independent artists and we just clicked and started bouncing ideas back and forth and then going forward.
How was the film process and experience?
Davide, got some demo’s of me working on the song. He worked on sketches and storyboards as i continued to track the songs and send over new versions. He would send me illustrations, prototypes, concepts and test animations while i was still in the studio tracking. Davide’s work on the video was super detailed and time consuming using his original pencil and water colour drawings, flash animation and 3d graphics.
How was the recording and writing process for the song?
The actual root of the song came so quickly. It’s so strange how that sometimes happens sometimes. I was in a bad/sad state when I wrote it. I was up super late that night, picked up the guitar and the drone just came to me in a second. I looped it and just kept playing it over and over again for about an hour. Then out of nowhere came the lyrics and melody poof just like that! From there is was just envisioning what next, and building it up in the studio and bringing in tonnes of fantastic dear musician friends to add layers of textures to make the song grow and grow until the end where it becomes epic proportions. It took a while to record because after the bed tracks, i brought in people independently to add their parts. I was working on other songs in the studio at the same time.
What was it like to work with Davide Di Saro and how did that relationship develop?
Collaborating with Davide is super easy. I speak in the present tense because we still work together :). We both share many of the same philosophical and aesthetic tastes. We strive to go deep inside ourselves and into the inhabitants of our imaginations. We are surrealists living in the real world. Both of us are extremely independent workers able to be in solitary for long hours and then able to emerge into a collaborative stage/state. From the beginning, we trusted and admired each others strengths creatively and personally so luckily everything seems to just naturally flow like a river in our creatives together.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Davide’s work majorly influenced the album and even my new works. His visual description of my music is still what i use as my go to for creating new works. His art became the cover. He also landed up doing all the layout and design for it and created my everlasting Lipliners logo that i use on everything i put out there now and in the future. So I would say he more then contributes still to all the works i do :).
So this trilogy would follow one theme in particular?
Hmm, in some ways yes. But do we ever fully tell just one story/message? It’s not that we dedicated ourselves to want to tell this as a particular message, we just found that there were some universal themes that continue to keep us fascinated creatively and continue to influence our work both independently and together.
Can we expect a new album soon? How’s that coming along?
You betcha! Already working on that! There will definitely be a new album out in 2017. But right now it’s time to give these trilogy songs a chance to get heard and seen.
Any Tentative Release dates or Title in Mind?
Yes, the release date with be sometime in early 2017. And i’m clear that the title will be called “The Game”
Would it be a concept record?
Hmm, well it’s called The Game… sooooooo, but lets wait a bit, some things are better left a mystery non?
Any plans to hit the road?
Yup! In some ways i’m on the road already. I have been basing in different countries for the last two months and will continue for another five. I’m checking out the scenes, making new friends and contacts, picking up last minute shows, i’m writing like a fiend and meeting improvisers from all over and starting to make the Lipliners a more international project. The idea is to have musicians from different countries joining me when i play in different countries. Right now i’m in Amsterdam, and have my second show here next week with Pit Hermans a multi instrumentalist from Amsterdam. I’ve got a show in Prague supporting Mark Steiner a great eclectic songwriter based out of Norway in early September, and will be on tour from the middle of November for two weeks with shows tba, touring with Pavel Cingl a violinist and producer from Prague. Some other guests will join as we get closer to the tour like Tim Postage – guitarist & banjo. We’ll be back in Toronto and parts of Ontario for a couple of weeks in December for some full on Lipliners stuff as well. From there we will have to see what happens.