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INTERVIEW: Tulipomania

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Off The Map”?

For the most part we have always been involved closely in every aspect of recording and mixing. With this release – we tried to stay out of the mixing and remixing process as much as possible. 

Off the Map is a single mixed by Mark Plati, whose work we’ve always admired.  Although we had some input during the process – he made the majority of the mix decisions before we we were involved, and then, we didn’t have much to add, although he was very open to suggestions. We are thrilled with the result and feel that this could be a direction we continue to pursue in the future. 

The Spinello Remix of – On the Outside followed a similar process. We turned over the tracks to the song to Spinello (Shane Woolman) and he created the remix. We had a great time with Shane when we were able to spend some time with him in London – we’re so happy he was able to work with us.

We think that allowing others creative control of parts of the recording and mixing process has opened some new possibilities for us. We hope to work with both of these artists again in the near future.

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

No one specific event was the inspiration for the song. The last several years of the sad and dark direction of the times we find ourselves in obviously influences our work. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We work with animation and the filming happens a single frame at a time for the most part.

The filmmaking experience is slow and methodical – even meditative. Animation I involves tiny minute changes at a twenty-fourth of each second, for thousands of individual frames. So, there’s lots of time to think and focus on small details. 

How was the recording and writing process?

In contrast to the filmmaking process – we work relatively quickly in the studio when recording. We like to capture songs in as few takes as possible to preserve a much spontaneous energy of the performances we can. We write in several ways. About half of the time the lyrics are written first and then we work out music and arrangements. Both of the songs on this release have lyrics that were written before the music.

What role does Philly play in your music?

We are from Philadelphia – but we are not very connected to the music scene here.

There are a number of excellent bands and music venues here as well as a terrific national music magazine that just happens to be headquartered here. Not really sure how exactly Philadelphia plays a role – but I am sure it does.

How Nick Cave and NIN influence your writing?

I can’t say. I feel like offering the same vague answer I gave to your question about the city we live in. I’m not really sure how exactly they influenced us – but I am sure they did. We make no conscious effort to sound like or imitate either – but admire the work of both. I suspect the music we imagine influenced us the most – may not be apparent when listening to our music. Everything you like I expect finds its way into your music. Some may be obvious – and some not.

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

We are working on new recordings.  It is going well. We plan to continue working the way we did on this two track single – with more participation and involvement from others.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We hope to have  a release ready by early in 2019 – if not sooner.

Any plans to hit the road?

After we release the new recordings we hope to tour.

What else is happening next in Tulipomania’s world?

We are planing to make animated music videos to accompany all of the tracks on the next release. We are working on this in parallel with the recording and mixing process.

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