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INTERVIEW: Sip Sip

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re great! Keeping things lively here in Austin, TX!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dangerous”?

Sip Sip has always been into incorporating musical elements from previous decades into our live performances – “Dangerous” is really our first attempt at creating that retro sound from scratch – absent of familiar melodies and riffs but noticeably evocative of the 70s & 80s disco-funk sound. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

– You know, there wasn’t any particularly astonishing event that led to the writing of “Dangerous”. It was basically the result of a typical songwriting rehearsal for us…Having so many chefs in the kitchen allowed us to build off each other – a lot of it was sung a capella before we performed the parts on our instruments.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

-Absolutely.  In process as we speak!

How was the recording and writing process?

-The writing process was about organic as it gets. Recording-wise, we hit a couple bumps getting the rhythm track down, but once we locked in a tempo we all liked, it only got sweeter with each additional track we added. There were definitely some highlights where we really pushed ourselves to get the perfect sound for the track: Kirk’s screwed tape verse, Bowman’s solo keyboard part at the end of the bridge, and of course Sterling’s saxophone solo. When we track Roy’s vocals we were all kind of blown away as it was the first thing we tracked that particular day. Roy had just gotten off an early shift at his job so he was ready to let loose. I (Jack) distinctly recall Kirk saying “He’s about to make love to that mic”. We got Roy’s main vocals done in just two takes.

From all the decades, what draw you into making a 70s infused track?

– There are a lot of elements that make “Dangerous” stand out not only as a single but as part of the Sip Sip catalogue. Though it largely embodies sounds from late-70s/early 80s disco, there are definitely influences from other decades interspersed throughout the song: Kirk’s rap verse captures the early-mid-90s sound of chopped & screwed music, the saxophone solo echoes the 80s-pop obsession with saxophone as a solo instrument instead of a guitar, and the synth tones certainly recall tones from contemporary footwork, late-90s/early-2000s ambient drum n bass (especially Goldie), and Bowman’s keyboard tone is like something you’d hear composed by Nobuo Uematsu in the 90s; it could fit right into the soundtrack for Final Fantasy VII. AJ’s drums are punchy and gated a bit when they need to be, giving it a clean mid-2000s Phoenix-esque sound. As a collective group, that bridge could be found right outside P-Funk’s Mothership in the 80s

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

– “Dangerous” is the first single from our upcoming album, which is nearing completion!  We’re really exited about this project!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’ve set our eyes on a Q1 2017 release.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more info! 

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely.  Expect to Sip with us in your hometown soon!

What else is happening next in Sip Sip’s world?

We’re focusing on the completion of content while managing a busy schedule! If you want to catch us in the act, we have an upcoming residency every Thursday during the month of October at Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin, TX, featuring acts such as Chicano Batman, Hard Proof, and others!  Come get sippy with us!

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