Around 2009 I started having ideas in my head about sounds, but I didn’t know the first thing about production. I was a successful bass player but a frustrated producer. I knew I wanted to write songs and put them out into the world, and now I’m psyched that I have!
It took me a lot of time to get comfortable and confident, not just in production but in the sound of my own voice. I was starting from zero and I would’ve never released something that I didn’t love. It took me six years to get to a place where I had made something I loved. I was also pretty busy with other stuff…
I like it! Singing is fun, I’ve always loved karaoke, and now I get to do a karaoke version of my album in a room full of people. It’s a beautiful thing (laughs).
I titled it after a book by my favorite writer, Don DeLillo. The cover is a photograph by my favorite photographer as well, Matthias Heiderich. I think making an album is ultimately a reflection of your taste – I was lucky in that I got to reference and even collaborate with some of my favorite artists on the planet.
I’ve been a DJ since I was 19 and I’ve always loved mixing. I wanted to make an album that was almost like two mini DJ sets. You can do things with continuous music that you can’t do in a normal album format.
Yes, I played every note on the album. In a way, it was a journey, some songs took a really long time to figure out, although as time passes on I think less and less about how each track was made and focus more on enjoying it as a whole work.
You have absolute, complete control. I think that’s pretty cool!
I love it. There is one album in the history of music that I had control over from start to finish (laughs). If I didn’t love it I would have deleted it from my hard drive and I wouldn’t be talking to you today!
With great patience comes great rewards…
After taking a two-year hiatus from doing remixes, I recently completed two that will be coming out in the next month or so. Also I will be touring behind the record as much as possible next year. Hell yeah!