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INTERVIEW: German Indietronic/Dreampop Project Chandeen

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

Great thanks, excited to meet you again! Last time we talked was about one year ago when we released the album of our side-project Phosphenes.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Vanish”?

 The lyrics for “Vanish” were written by Chandeen’s lead singer Julia Beyer who also shot the music video. It’s one of the first songs we wrote for the album and one of my personal favorites.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Most of the video was filmed in a theater in Weimar, Germany with our long time friend Luisa Hoyer who also starred in our 2011 video “Shadow’s Fade.” Julia also works with vintage photography and she experimented with fantastic looking prisms which she held in front of the lens during the shoot. So, all those effects weren’t done in post-production, they were all real-time practical effects.

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

Yeah, I love spacey galaxy vibes and a psychedelic interstellar sound. And so the title was inspired by my passion for that stuff and Julia’s fascination with astrology. When I told that title idea to my co-mixer Rob Murray from Austin TX he laughed and said, “That’s definitely a cool title for an album,” and he told me a story:”Harry, a prime example for the phrase Mercury Retrograde would be some girl in yoga pants at a Starbucks holding a venti pumpkin spiced mocha latte saying something like “I’ve been, like, so unlucky all week. It must be because, like, Mercury’s in retrograde. I should avoid Christopher the next two days.” And then you’re standing there, like… wishing she would just GTFO because you’re just here for a caffeine boost not to hang out.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded the album in different places, but most of the music was recorded in Cologne at Florian Walter’s studio, with some at my own studio in Weimar. We also wrote a lot of the album during that time, but later we sent around additional ideas over the internet to the guest artists. Same with the lyrics and vocals.

With each one of you coming from different backgrounds and cultures – how do all of these differences come together in your music?

It was a great experience and I learned so much from working with everyone. It is an honor for me to work with such gifted artists. During the mix we tried to bring it together in one big epic sound with a slightly vintage and lofi vibe, but also expansive and shiny. It was a hard and very labor-intensive time, but we are very satisfied with the result.

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

When we start an album we always talk about the overall theme. This time we wanted to work mostly with analogue equipment and vintage stuff, a little space rock, but with the feel of a flight through nebula space clouds.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. It’s time for a new Chandeen concert. Last year we almost played a tour through China, everything was booked and arranged, but then it was canceled. However, we would love to play more concerts, also in the US.

What else is happening next in Chandeen’s world? 

We’ve got four more videos for the album — stay tuned, the next one will be released very soon…

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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