Hi Christy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m great; a little bit jeg-lagged but I’m getting over it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What We Do”?
Well, I wrote it in Dublin about a month ago. Musically, is quite simple and upbeat but lyrically I think it’s quite dark. I find it oddly nice to see people dancing and partying to a song that is essentially about my fears and insecurities.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think a few things inspired it. The fist time I came to New York, I remember being completely overwhelmed by the pace and size of the city. It scared the shit out of me. But somewhere underneath that fear, there was a great buzz and excitement that I quickly got hooked on.
In a weird way, it’s a little bit like my relationship with music. For me it often involves huge highs followed by deep lows and some times I wonder why i do it. But just like the city buzz, I’m hooked and the thoughts of being without it would be unbearable.
How was the film experience?
Oddly enough, the video shoot was actually done before the song was written. I had thought that I was going to release a cover of Odessa by one of my favourite artists, Caribou but changed my mind after the video was shot.
I didn’t want to just shoot a regular dance video. I wanted to try to capture a personality. I wanted it to be fun, a little bit weird and very expressive so after I talked to my friend Courtney Nelson abI knew she was what we needed. She is very cool and has an amazing fuck-it personality when she dances.
The filming took place on just one humid day. The camera man, Brando and Breckyn worked so fuckin hard that day. I don’t know how Breckyn danced for so long.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well, like I said, I had a whole load of video footage of girl dancing to a song in a certain groove to a certain bpm but no song. So the writing and recording process was quite unusual.
I recorded most of it in an attic in Dublin’c city centre. I recorded the vocals in a house on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Meain.
What was it like to work with Matt Colton and how did that relationship develop?
Well one of my biggest idols is an irish artist called Jape. His song Seance of Light was one of the reasons the Le Boom project began. i listen to a lot of Metronomy, Hot Chip, Caribou and am a huge fan. When I was thinking about releasing some songs I started researching mastering producers and realised that Matt Colton had worked with all of those guys.
I got in touch with his studio in London, expecting to hear nothing back and sure enough I got no reply. I asked a friend to master it and kind of forgot about the Matt Colton thing until one day last month, his manager sent me an email and told me Matt would be happy to work on the track.
Our relationship was quite minimal to be honest, we did most of it over emails but he was really approachable and easy going. It was kind of hard to tell him what exactly I wanted coz the reality was that even if he farted on the track, I would have been happy.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Well, as of now, there is no album; just a bunch of recordings. He’s working on my next release at the moment so I’m excited to see where t goes but just taking it one step at a time for now.
What role does EDM plays in your music?
Well the project started with me just making dance music using guitars and after a while I started using some synth-basses etc so i suppose it is a pretty big influence. I’m don’t think I’d call myself and EDM producer just yet but I try to make sure that all of my songs are danceable to.
How’s your new album coming along?
Well i have about 8 new songs recorded and I’m going to release a few of them one by one over the next short while. I’m in no hurry to make an album. I’m really enjoying writing and hearing the sound change and develop. I haven’t settled yet.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nope, not for an album but an EP will probably happen before the end of autumn.
Any plans to hit the road?
My NY tour starts on August 10th. I’ll be in the US until September, then I’ll go back to Ireland and do a short Ireland and UK tour. I have my eyes set on mainland Europe for after that but nothing has been confirmed yet.
What else is happening next in Le Boom’s world?
We are shooting a video at the moment for the next release which should happen sometime before the end of the months so it’s pretty busy in Le Boom’s world at the moment.
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