You just wrapped up a studio session with producer Martin Atkins. How is the next Snapline album going to be different from the first?
One big differnce in our new album is we are trying to create some ‘70s sounds like the first computer put on a desk or the first human step on the moon.
Interesting. Atkins recorded several bands in a matter of days on this trip. How many days did you have to record the new album?
Almost three days, maybe an extra night or two. We actually had more time in the studio this time around. Last time, we recorded, we just spent two afternoons in studio and didn’t have the intention of making an album. This time, we got well prepared for this.
How did you prepare?
We practiced. We spent time writing new songs. Before we went into the studio, we thought over and over again about which songs could benefit from new sounds and how we wanted to record things. So, when Martin came in, we told him, “We want this one to sound raw and rough … On this one, we want to bring the keyboards to the front.”
We heard you recorded some live drums in the studio’s bathroom. How did that happen?
Martin is great producer because he has a bigger picture about how things can come together. So, on one track, we played the drums in the toilet. We had thought the song should be simple and cool, but Martin kept thinking about how to raise the energy up and down. He suggested that was one way to do that.
How does the album compare with your live sound?
The album will be very different from how we sound live. If we just want the album to sound like a live show, we wouldn’t need a producer. The album is generated from our live show, but it has a lot more details that we can’t produce in the live show. So, each time you listen, you can catch something new and discover new feelings in the songs.
By Blake Stone-Banks
About The Author...
Being nightlife columnist for City Weekend Beijing is like being given the keys to the city, or at least its liquor cabinet. Blake regularly raids every inch of that cabinet. And whether quaffing Champagne with stars at Atmosphere or quaffing erguotou with hobos in Gulou, he always vanquishes the hangover to bring the truth to you, the reader. Blake also covers the capital’s electronic music scene, in which he DJs under various poorly selected monikers.
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