GTA: But its more experimental with youyou dont go into the studio with a preconceived idea of what somethings supposed to sound like?
SL: Yeah, I go into the studio with an idea of the kind of record that I want to make, of the direction that I want that single to go in. I have ideas about using maybe a vocal or an idea of a sort of break that I want to be in the track, or an idea of the kind of rythym that I want in the drums. But as far as the sounds are concerned, I have an idea of how I want it to sound, but you never know exactly those particular sounds, because sometimes you might have an idea of, I want this kind of sound in this record, but trying to find that sound you come across something else, and then youre like, No forget that! This is better! So you, know, its really just opened doors.
GTA: And in terms of vocalistsyou just happened to mention vocalshave you been working with vocalists more?
SL: Weve done a single which is not finished yet called Blue Star High, which me and Pete both wrote the lyrics to. We havent found a singer for it yet. Weve both sung the melody into the microphonewhich was quite hilarious! [Laughs.]
GTA: You going to be spinning that one tonight? [Laughs.]
SL: We sounded like two drowning cats! Actually, Petes got a good voice, to be fair. I, on the other hand, do not have a good voice at all! But we both sort of, like, had to sing the melody into the single to get the lyrics, to get the vocals, to get the words, the lyrics to the song. But we havent found a singer for it yet. You know, were justthere are lot of good vocalists out there; its just finding the right one to fit the song, to fit the track.
GTA: Do you usually audition vocalists for these kinds of things? Or do they come to you?
SL: We audition vocalists. Presently, with this single Blue Star High, were just sending out demo versions with Pete Lormiers actual voice singing the songs and also an instrumental, and getting them to send us back their a cappella of the actual song, to see which one sounds right.
GTA: About how many different tracks do you produce at the same time? Do you usually just work on one and finish it, or do you have like five that youre working on at the same time?
SL: No, one at a timeJesus, yeah! Definitely one at at time. Sometimes, in the studio you can spendon one of the singles that we did, called Lost, it took us 10 hours to do it, and itsIm really happy with the way it sounds, very chuff with the way it turned out. On the other hand, you can be in the studio for two weeks trying to finish a single. But Id never do more than one at once, because that wayyou just offset your mind from where you want to go with a track. Youd lose your direction in that particular single.