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INTERVIEW: Walker Landing

____Hi Brandon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you!  I am doing well.   Last few months have been mostly writing and hunting for new artists to check out.    Over all,  I’m excited about where underground music is heading.       It’s an amazing time to be making music.

____Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Day Dream Heights”?

With Day Dream Heights,  I wanted to create a soundtrack for this hazy, imaginary oasis I would often see in my day dreams.    When putting together the sound design, I made sure to keep the drums subdued and the synths warmly faded.   It can be difficult to remember your dreams and I wanted the sound to mimic that phenomenon.

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

I think the idea originated from being home sick during a long Chicago winter.  This fantasy of a sun drenched Day Dream Heights estate was my escape from the grey skies.   Ironically, when I did return to sunny California to record,  it was during a week long torrential downpour.  During the first 5 seconds of the song, you can actually hear the rain hitting the roof.

____Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely!   I need to convince my friends to road trip it out to Death Valley with a camera and some lawn furniture.

____The single comes off your new album 1111 – what’s the story behind the title?

I’m not too familiar with Numerology but there is something satisfying about this number.  At the tail end of the summer, every time I would check the clock, it would always say 11:11.  At a certain point it was getting absurd so I wrote it down as a temp title and it stuck.

____How was the recording and writing process?

I started writing these tracks in my Brooklyn bedroom.  Everything was put together in Ableton with a good amount of the synth sounds coming from NI Reaktor.  Because everything was on a laptop, I would write in different places around the city which ended up influencing the final sound.   I had this handheld recorder with me at all times to catch random noises and city atmosphere.   Most of the tracks have these field recordings running in the background through delay and reverb.

Half way through writing, I moved to an old Bohemian ranch house in the countryside to disconnect and wrap up the vocals.   The final step was a flight to Berlin to mix with Hannes Bieger.   Hannes is a scientist and knows how to make a kick hit.  He also plays bass guitar on Day Dream Heights.

____How does the different cultures and places the recording took place get to influence the album as a whole?

Each city has its own strange musical fingerprint.  I was lucky enough to catch a ton of unknown acts perform live.   Hanging out with artists outside my genre changed the way  I thought about writing music for the better.   It takes effort and a train ride to go out and see live music.    Each venue and the type of crowd on the dance floor are important elements of the total sound picture.  You just can’t get that depth from the music on your mobile.

____What were some of the emotions did you get to explore on this record?

Most of the lyrics were written out in sticks.   Disappearing into the countryside was my first opportunity to untangle the thoughts which were haunting me.    It was like watching a box of unlabeled VCR tapes in order to decode what had happened over the years and make sense of the chaos.

____Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I often feel nostalgia for a time which never existed.    I’m constantly searching for the next distraction, the next Dopamine hit.  Instead of sleeping, I would be out in the grime and neon lights with the other nocturnal characters.  Their stories, wanderlust, escapism and idealistic dreams found their way into my thoughts and eventually into the songs I was writing.

____Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely.  1111 was written to be played live.   I’m currently looking for musicians to join me for a tour this Fall.  Hopefully they enjoy road trips and gas station coffee as much as I do.

____What else is happening next in Walker Landing’s world?

We are mixing the latest record on April 1st!    The sound of these new tracks is 1970s car chase movie soundtrack and broken cassette deck.

Stream 1111 on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3wj9aapwxkha4Jk8FK3cA1?si=4TFO3lqQQBKTaQF3Iopixw

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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