INTERVIEW: Foreign Air

Can you talk to us more about your song “Chakra Daemon”?

It’s very easy to get carried away in a studio environment. You have everything at your fingertips, including plugins for every model of synthesizer and drum machine you can think of. With Chakra, we wanted to keep it simple. The song has this Roland 909 kit drum beat rolling through the whole thing, we never really add much more to it other than a ride cymbal. It leaves a lot of room for the vocal to grab your attention.  -Jesse

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

No, not any event in particular. Its more about my state of being. I’m naturally a very quiet and calm person, I avoid conflict at all costs. It’s a blessing and a curse. I think it makes me an easy going and somewhat pleasant person to have around…but at the same time I see other people that are very outspoken and confrontational getting what they want and where they want to be. -Jesse

How was the filming process and experience behind the music video?

I’m hoping to work with a collective called All Most Famous on the Chakra Daemon video.  I’m not sure they know it yet but I’ve reached out.  I really love two videos they did for Leyya and think their aesthetic would be perfect for our vision of the song.  Maybe they will find this interview in a google notification and hit us back LOL . – jacob

How was the recording and writing process?

All of the recording was done in my bedroom in Charlotte, North Carolina. It began as a very long song with a lot of experimental ambient sections. It was a really sad vibe originally. Once Jake came into town from D.C., we cut it down to the essentials, sped it up a few bpm, and wrote a new chorus for it. Foreign Air is Jake and I battling it out…I like long, drawn out developing, experimental music with a lot of changes and he wants to have the head bobbin beat with a strong lyric/melody repeating. Its the balance of these two mindsets that makes us what we are.    -Jesse

What was it like to work with Phil Ek and how did that relationship develop?

We are big fans of Phil’s previous work with The Shins, Fleet Foxes , Father John Misty etc..  so naturally we were a little nervous going in to the studio.  However, after the first couple of hours we were instant buds.  Phil is very warm and welcoming and he values your opinion.   I think that comes across in the records he makes.  Most bands don’t just do one record with him, they do 2 or 3 because he creates a really comfortable working environment that enocourages creativity.  He is also extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot from working with him. – Jacob

How much did he influence the song?

He mixed the song, but I wouldn’t necessarily say he influenced or changed the song in any major way. He would describe it as making sure every element had its place in the mix and that the low end was smooth and tight. We didn’t record it with him or have him produce it…but maybe in the future we’ll work on something in that regard. We loved working with him on the mix and respect his taste. -Jesse

What role did Seattle play in the song?

It was really refreshing to wake up every morning and just feel good about being out in a beautiful city like Seattle, surrounded by mountains and water.  We originally went out with the intention of mixing 3 songs with Phil.  However, we finished 2 days earlier than expected. So we played Phil a couple other songs we were working on and he responded to Chakra Daemon right away and dove into it. I know that if we hadn’t mixed Chakra Daemon out in Seattle it would have been worked on some more and may have had a different outcome.  – jacob 

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

The album is 90% finished and will be out in 2018.  We really enjoy being independent artist and having complete creative control over our music.  That has worked really well for us, however we are entertaining the idea of possibly finding a label / promotional parter to help market the LP.  – jacob

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not at the moment.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are planning a full U.S. tour for early 2018

What else is happening next in Foreign Air’s world?

We are constantly writing new songs, recording,  and touring.  I don’t think that will change anytime soon.  We have been entertaining the idea of remixing or reworking other artist we admire. I think that may be something new you will see from us in 2018. – jacob

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