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INTERVIEW: Freak Static

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “King Kong'”?

It’s a song about a tribal tattooed type f*ckboy, I got these bongo beats to make a sort of jungle precision track and then layered some airy ethereal swirls and then flooded with big ballsy bass and guitar in these tight sparse fills. I wanted it to sound like a big gorilla strutting along swinging his junk about. If you don’t try to swing yours listening to it, even if you don’t have one, I’ve failed.

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

I had the guitar riff and some ridicolous “Big killer gorilla!” lyrics that sort of came out of nowhere, I wasn’t serious about it yet it kept bubbling up whilst I was jamming. For months I had no intension of working on it because I felt it didn’t really mean anything, then one night after being rejected by a girl who just wanted to sleep around the “he’s thick but I’m thicker/cuz he’s with her and I’m bitter” lines popped into my head and the song took on new meaning, so I started to track the chorus and took it from there.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I’m planning on putting one out a month or two after the EP drop to carry momentum on, I have had discussions about what sort of video to do with some video people, but I can’t tell you exactly whats it’s gonna be yet. I usually get too excited and dream up some idea that I don’t have the budget/skills/space to pull off so I need people to ground me.

The single comes off your new EP Lustless – what’s the story behind the title?

Errrm, I had to think of a title for the EP and was running out of time, I chose Lustless because the majority of the record is about lust messing me up, I was gonna call it Lust-less but Lustless just sound’s smoother.

How was the recording and writing process?

Longer that i anticipated to be honest, I record all the instruments in a rehearsal studio I use overnight and then I edit them on my laptop. I try to work on some aspect of each song each day, usually at the start when I’m arranging the song and choosing the chord progression I work very quickly, and once I have the framework I like to layer it up, this can take a long time because I drive myself crazy working on details trying to make it as interesting as possible whilst simultantiously getting bored of the song, usually after this stage I leave it for a few days/weeks/months and come back with fresh ears make a few adjustments, rinse repeat, and then eventually I reluctantly release it.

Have you taken a different approach to the one you usually had when playing on bands?

Yes for sure, in bands it was always what we played at rehearsal was what it was, it’s how we played it live and how we recorded it, When I started making my own stuff I wanted to take more of a EDM approach towards producing and worry about how to recreate it live later

What role does Tame Impala and St. Vincent plays in your music?

Tame Impala really changed everything for me, I’ve always been a psych rocker at heart so it immediately spoke to me, but when I found out Kevin Parker basically recorded and produced it on his own I just knew that’s what I wanted to be doing. Ever since I always try to keep a look out for other DIY artists which is how I found St. Vincent, and she is a big influence in how I’m putting my live show together, we have a lot of the same guitar gear, in fact both these artists also have some sweet af synth-guitar tones and thats really where it’s at for me.

What aspect of love and lust did you get to explore on this record?

well I say lustless but it’s really about infatuation, and love and lust getting mixed up, the first track King Kong explores jealousy, I try to keep it balanced but also kinda scattered, so I add clearer moments showing understanding that she’s just having fun and I’m overreacting but also I’m still mad anyway and I’m going to scream about it.

And then Forget Her is later on down the road when you don’t even want to have feelings anymore but have to move on even though life seems pretty dull, I also carved space to admit to some heavy internet stalking which is always fun. I have an album that I’m getting ready for a later release and that dives deeper into the subject of infatuation, the EP is just a little taster of whats to come

Any plans to hit the road?

Yah, I have been harvesting all the fancy equipment I need to make for a banging show, I’ve got a couple of talented guys in a backing band to help me out and right now we’re learning how to use loopers, routers and computers to recreate the recordings for a live environment. I can’t commit to a date right now, but within the next few months, likely close to the video release we’ll start gigging and hopefully do a few rounds of the country.

What else is happening next in Freak Static’s world?

Just getting that album in order and planning the moves I’ve gotta take to get the funding for a proper release, I’ve gotta work on promoting the EP, I’ve gotta work on finishing the last bits of the album, and I’ve gotta work, but I’m hoping at some point I could just do music full time.

Freak Static 

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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