Taylor and Ela: Great! These past few months have been a whirlwind of new things for us and we (Ela and Taylor) are excited to share some of that with you guys.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Neon Ocean”?
T and E: It’s a sort of dark and turbulent depiction of that feeling one gets when things seem a little too overwhelming to even process. Whether due to volume or severity of content or a combination of the two.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
T and E: The 2016 election and the events that have transpired since.
How was the ﬁlming process and experience behind the video for “Fake Smile”?
T and E: We wanted to create a collage of moving images; scenes that portrayed the general aesthetic and sentiment of the song and introduced the band and its members to the music world.
“Fake Smile” comes off your new EP. what’s the story behind the title?
T and E: It is about that point in a relationship, of any sort, where things are beginning to fall apart for whatever reason and all you want is a small glimmer of light to remember what it used to be like when things were good; even if it’s something contrived or fake.
How was the recording and writing process?
T and E: We spent a year locked away in our apartment and the studio down in Torrance writing and recording a slew of songs and collectively shaping what would become the sound and image that is now New Dialogue.
What was it like to work with Charlie Park and how did that relationship develop?
T and E: Charlie is a delight to work with and his relationship with the band goes back some time. Ela and I ﬁrst began working with him and Nick Zagorin at Suburban Soul Studios on other projects nearly a decade ago. We developed a great working relationship, built on collaboration and mutual respect, and a signiﬁcant friendship as well.
How much did he get to inﬂuence the album?
T and E: A great deal. He is like a 6th member of the band in the studio. A lot of his ideas and production work laid the foundation for the evolution of the sound.
How has your upbringing inﬂuenced your music?
T and E: We all grew up with some sort of musical presence in our lives so it has played a huge part. Taylor, Michael and Jason all studied music in school and Jeff grew up in a very musical family and was always immersed and exposed to new music on the home front. Expression through art and music was very important in my family as well, growing up in Turkey. My mom loved musical theater and was a part of a company that put on multiple shows a year that I got to experience through her. She passed that passion on to me which I applied through high school. Soon after, I realized I wanted to write and perform alternative music so I applied to M.I. where I met Jason.
What role does LA play in your writing?
T and E: We love the beach and the ocean so that theme appears often in our writing but the general creativity of the city and the shared struggle of so many artists trying to leave their mark on the scene is also a driving force and constant inspiration in not only writing but every aspect of the process.
What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?
T and E: A lot of the themes on the record (some more obviously than others) touch on that very struggle of an emerging artist in a scene that is densely populated and a world where means of creating music is more accessible than ever before. There is a difﬁculty, always, in showcasing yourself as a unique artist and group but also a very present sense of hope and togetherness in being able to ﬁnd likeminded artists who can inspire one another and share in that process.
Any plans to hit the road?
T and E: We leave for tour with Smallpools this March and then head to SXSW right after that. There are also some other unreleased dates that will have to wait to be discussed until everything is all tied up and ofﬁcial but we are very excited to get out and play as much as physically possible this year.
What else is happening next in New Dialogue’s world?
T and E: Aside from touring we are very excited to release some new music and videos in the coming months and really introduce ourselves to everyone out there. This is just the beginning for us and we are ecstatic to begin the journey.