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INTERVIEW: LDF

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

We’ve been awesome, busy writing and rehearsing some new material. We’ve thought a lot about this one: Freaksonic hits heavy with a supercharged fusion of throwback funk, pop hooks, and neo-jazz. We wanted to bring together retro and future for this, so the synths are featured prominently, along with with powerful horn lines and gang vocals. Bouncy sequencing and crisp guitar, along with classic 808 hand claps went a long way to bring everything together. Lyrically, the track shows that we definitely aren’t afraid to embrace our quirky side.

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

This song came to us very quickly, we were having a writing session that night which didn’t result in much. Just as Alex, the bassist was about to head home for the night, he came up with the song’s main hook. The word Freaksonic had been floating around for a bit, and he just ran with it. We had been listening to a lot of classic synth-heavy funk from the late 70’s and early 80’s, as well as artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, and decided to build on those influences. It was definitely the intention from the outset to write an electrofunk song, which our repertoire had been lacking at the time.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming the video for Freaksonic was an incredibly rewarding experience. It was very cool we see our initial concepts and set drawings turn into a full-on production. The actual day of filming was pretty hectic. We had several cars full of lighting equipment and props we had collected from thrift stores and Craigslist ads to haul up 3 floors, but each piece had a vital part in the video. The filming took us until 2am, and we were all pretty exhausted, but very proud of the work we put in. We really enjoyed having Dan The Man Melamid direct the video and provide his artistic input to make the video a sleek finished product that really encompassed the vibe and elements we were going for.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – what’s the story behind the title?

When Ladies Drink Free formed, it was sort of an ironic jab and the Ladies Drink Free policy some clubs employ. We liked the idea of people coming to our show under the impression that Ladies would actually draank for free, and stay because we put on a good show, but it kind of took on a life of its own. We had considered changing the name before we decided to carry on as LDF for a more streamlined brand. Before that though, Freaksonic was heavily considered to be the new name of the band. We were glad to see it get a new life as the single’s name.

How was the recording and writing process?

The LDF writing process usually involves a member bringing a rough idea to the band for further polishing. This track evolved from a Garage Band track on an iPad, and a lot of the same patches and sequencing made their way onto the final track. Alex composed most of Freaksonic, and brought it to rehearsal with each member adding input and just jamming over the tune to find what felt right. It definitely embodies the collaborative effort that this band thrives on.

The recording process for this song was awesome. We were fortunate to work with Chris Laybourne of Coop Studios. Being a saxophone player and huge funk fan himself, Chris really understood what sound we were aiming for on Freaksonic. Chris was a valuable resource for us during the process, and offered great advice and insight.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you balance them altogether and does one style in particular tends to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?

Funk is definitely the over-arching genre that ties all of our sounds together, but we like to explore a lot of territory even within the genre itself. Our approach to songwriting usually finds us asking ourselves how far we can experiment and indulge while still incorporating mainstream sensibilities. We strive for danceability above most else, so if it’s funky, makes people move, and we have fun playing it, we’ve done our job.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Lyrics came as a result of several late night sessions filled with trial and error. Mike (vocals and keys) and Alex took a somewhat lighthearted lyrical approach that’s definitely fitting to the middle of the music. We didn’t want to bring any heavy subject matter into this one, and wanted to keep a party vibe. We intentionally kept verses short on this tune because we wanted it to be more pop-oriented and chorus driven.

In general, it seems that inspiration for new songs seems to come at times we least expect, and our phones are filled with recorded snippets of random ideas to be turned into songs. Lyrically, we draw a lot from general life experiences, but Mike will construct lines and themes that seem to wrap around the music in the right places. Most of the time, the lyrics are inspired by the mood the song evokes.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now we are working to establish ourselves in the Northeastern U.S. We are planning a regional tour for early 2018, hitting areas where we’ve been most well received, like New York City, Boston, Burlington, and Philadelphia. We’re excited to bring our music to new people, and see some old friends too.

What else is happening next in LDF’s world?

We have a lot on our plate coming up, and are really looking forward to our debut at Brooklyn Bowl on December 4th in New York City with After Funk and Viva la Hop. We’ve been doing a lot of writing and reimagined covers, bringing in new elements into our music, and really trying to push new musical boundaries. We’re also in the process of recording some of our fan favorites for release early next year. 2018 is gonna be a busy year for LDF.

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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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