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Peter, listening to your new single “In The Basement” really brings together many elements of who you are. What components did you find absolutely developing in its genesis in the lyrical content?

A: “In The Basement” was inspired by a jarring experience I encountered while living in Texas where I grew up. The theme is a venting of sorts about the paradox of fundamentalist beliefs.

Vocally who do you find yourself aligned with or close to?

A: I’m not sure if I align myself with anyone specifically. I’ve always enjoyed singers with natural, un-stylized voices though. Some of my favorite singers that come to mind are probably Townes Van Zandt, JJ Cale, Van Morrison and Levon Helm.

Experiences certainly create storytellers. Where have been some of the places you have traveled over the years, and the music you found yourself immersed in wherever you landed…Do you still carry it with you today?

A: Yeah I think the experiences we had living in different settings influenced the songwriting for the album. I personally find myself writing more when I’m traveling and living in new places. After living in Brooklyn, we moved to what felt like the antithesis of NYC in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I think the vibrant culture of central Mexico impacted a lot of this album. We traveled and played in Mexico, Puerto Rico and then went down to Brazil for a couple months. I think being surrounded by latin culture and music contributed to some of the rhythmic and melodic arrangements on the record, perhaps subconsciously.

In your travels- globally- do hear the world expressing themselves musically pretty much the same wherever you are?

A: I feel it differs from culture to culture. When we were playing in Puerto Rico, I noticed political expression through music was prevalent, as it was in Brazil and the US in the late 60’s. I also found it cool how people responded differently to the various genres within in each setting, from the way they danced or listened or sung along to music they recognized.

Have there been certain techniques or even unusual instruments you were able to experience and learn from musically along the journey?

A: I found an old 1920’s octofone (much like a mandolin) in Brooklyn before we moved. I found it interesting and unique that there was something about the octofone that really resonated with the people in Brazil. We wrote some upbeat, almost blue-grass songs that people loved dancing to at shows or parties on the beach. My favorite was probably jamming with the Capoiera (Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates elements of dance, acrobatics and music) group from Trancoso, trying to play along with the “berimbau” instrument while they would spar and dance in a circle.

Talk a bit about how you and Donald Fagen ended up working together.

A: We met Donald and his wife Libby Titus down in San Miguel when they walked into our bassist’s gallery looking for some Mexican art. They talked about music a bit and we were invited to play a few songs with Donald on New Year’s Eve and the project grew from there.

How did those influences of Steely Dan play in your working together or did they?

A: Outside of Donald’s production style with his vocal harmony treatment and a few arrangement suggestions, the music is pretty different from Steely Dan. He always wanted us to do our thing and he’d weigh in with certain ideas if we all felt comfortable with them. Donald recorded most of the keys on the album so you can hear some of his unique style and some Steely nuances within his playing and chordal textures.

What is on the table coming up in 2017 and 2018 for you personally, and collaboratively in the realm of music?

A: I’m really excited about the release of this record and touring behind the album in 2018. We’ve got a lot of new music that we’re looking to get back into the studio and record as well.

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About Scientist

Gameboys, danger, high-energy, and good music - that's what you'll find in Scientist. In early 2011, deep in the heart of Texas, Brandon DuBois and Jesse Schaefer began writing their debut record, World EP. Produced by Grammy-nominated band, After Edmund, the band recorded the five song EP over the course of twelve months. Drawing inspiration from The Killers and Passion Pit, the record consists of five songs that are pop rock to the core and wrapped with an electronic bow. Since its release, Scientist has seen remixes of their songs by Chad Howat of Paper Route and Grammy nominated Derek Webb. Scientist is constantly in The Lab working on new videos and responses to The Experiment, a feature where people submit cover videos of Scientist songs, and in return, Scientist covers one of theirs. Along with that, nerd glasses and pocket protectors are sold at every show, and anyone who tags Scientist in a nerdy picture will end up on their website. The Scientist boys can be found in the Mobile Lab on tour. Having shared the stage with Paper Route, Quiet Company, Kopecky Family Band, and bands of the like, they've been promoting World EP with their captivating live show, complete with instrument switches, electronic breaks, and crowd participation. World EP: Mobile Lab Remix Edition, featuring remixes from Soul Glow Activatur (Solomon Olds/FF5), Chad Howat (Paper Route), Darren King (MuteMath), Jesse Cale (McSwagger), Derek Webb and Jeremy Brown (Crash Kart), which is available now.

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