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INTERVIEW: LegoHeads

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

Hey! Thanks for reaching out to me! I’ve been fantastic, the response from this album has been absolutely amazing. Creating it was a long process, and I am beyond thankful that so many people have been able to hear it, and that so many of them have enjoyed the experience.

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

Headlights was the first track I wrote for this album, and that weird bubbly sound at the start was the first thing I made for it. I don’t know why, but that sound really focused how I wanted this album to feel. I wanted to write something that felt light and fun immediately but as the music played out, weight and depth had room to creep in. There’s also a really nice ebb and flow between spaciousness and intimateness on this track that I wanted throughout the rest of the album. Headlights really kicked the project off in the right direction.

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

The entire album started with my laptop and external hard drive being stolen. At this point I had been working on a follow up album to my first for about 5 months. While on my way to a mixing session my backpack was stolen along with the entire album. The songs I had been working on were too experimental to recreate comfortably, so I decided to start from scratch. I found myself in a very interesting mindset creatively. In the past I had always used music as therapy and as an escape, but in this moment writing hurt a lot. It was a constant reminder of all the music I had lost. Having this conflict between passion and grief really shaped the writing process, particularly during Headlights, since it was the first track written. As for the narrative of this song, I based it off of a relationship someone close to me had. They told me a few stories about how it started and it sounded like nothing but struggle, yet they chose to keep fighting for each other despite their own demons and baggage.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I definitely want to, I’ve made music videos in the past and they’ve been extremely rewarding experiences. They do take a lot of time and planning and I get very invested in them. I particularly gravitate towards the editing process, and it sort of takes over my life. I have to make sure I don’t have anything else on my plate before starting a video, which is somewhat challenging when writing and recording always seem to get priority.

The single comes off your new album The Space Between – what’s the story behind the title?

The Space Between’ became the title pretty organically. I knew I wanted a line from the second track ‘Falling’ to be the title, I just didn’t know which one. Near the end of the process it just came to me, and it felt obvious. It seemed to have a special relationship to every song, meaning something slightly unique within each, but still connecting them in a special way. A recurring theme on this album is the distance between two people and this title captured that pretty directly.

How was the recording and writing process?

I prefer to write alone to try and get out as many bad ideas as I can before heading into a studio, so the writing process can get pretty lonely. I also knew right from the start of this project that I wanted to write a full length album, which seemed pretty daunting until I was well into it. The recording process, however, was an absolute blast. One of my closest friends, Kieran Wagstaff at Fader Mountain, is a very talented sound and mix engineer, so we basically got to hangout and make music for a year. I don’t know if his studio has some seriously positive vibes or if his coffee is just amazing, but I always felt focused and creative during those sessions. Working so closely with Kieran and having something concrete to show for it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I know that without his input, these songs wouldn’t have lived up to their full potential.

What role does Vancouver play in your writing?

I think Vancouver plays a big role in my writing, particularly the weather. I can hear it really heavily on my first album ‘Songs For Water,’ which was all recorded in a bedroom looking out at a rainy forest in a suburb of Vancouver. There’s a song on that album called ‘Holy’, and the first 30 seconds always takes me back to that room looking out at the rain. On the second album, I can feel a Vancouver summer sneaking in here and there. I remember recording the opening guitar line in ‘Memories’ (which is actually two separate guitar riffs and a harp line layered on top of each other) and not being able to play it smoothly. Kieran suggested heading outside to a field near the studio and grabbing an iced coffee. We sat in the sun for a good hour before returning, which was apparently all I needed to get back in the zone and promptly finish that guitar part. I always see that day when that song plays.

How has tragedy influence your music?

I’ve always felt the least resistance while writing when I’ve gone through something difficult. My first album was made while both recovering from a virus that gave me temporary nerve damage in my hands and feet and processing a breakup. I was pretty immobile for a good while, left only with my thoughts, so music was the only thing I had to keep occupied and busy. This had a huge impact on both what I wrote and how I wrote during this time. On the second album, as I said before, I lost a good chunk of music. This sent me into a frenzy of writing and creativity. I’m very glad to have had experienced inspiration this intensely.

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

I definitely have drawn from past experiences, both personal and from others, but the main inspiration, particularly lyrically, was thinking about my future as a musician. Hopefully I’m able to travel the world sharing my music, but this constant motion might put a strain on the relationships I have. For where I am now in my life, this is terrifying, and I’m glad I was able to explore my worries lyrically. In my mind the second track ‘Falling’ is the conclusion for this inspiration. This song seemed to be what my mind always came back to when I was writing the other darker ones, the song that brought me back to reality and gave me hope.

Any plans to hit the road?

Most definitely yes, I am both very excited and very nervous to start touring and performing again. I’ve been working on a live one man show for awhile now, which, after some roadblocks, is finally coming together. I want to make sure the show is engaging, sounds great, and is sustainable, so the process has been filled with a lot of trial and error. I can’t guarantee when it will all be ready, but hopefully in the next 6 months.

What else is happening next in LegoHeads’ world?

There are two LegoHeads albums in the works at the moment. One is very different from the last, much more electronic and LoFi, while the other is more in the same vein as this album. I’m not sure how long these will take, but I will be releasing single tracks in the meantime and giving sneak peaks on social media, particularly instagram (@legoheadsofficial). Thanks so much for these questions!

About RJ Frometa

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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