written by Jennifer Warner
Bet you wouldn't guess that vocals recorded
in a bathroom (an overflowing one at that) could sound this good...
Bet you wouldn't guess that Spooky's latest album Open
also must have infused some of the surrounding pagan crazy counter-culture
madness... Bet you probably guessed that this is leading up to another
of our exclusive by-email interviews! You won't need a spell to
decipher the typing Duncan and Charlie, the masterminds that are
Who’s doing the reading and typing for this email interview?
Duncan, with Charlie in the background adding to it.
Let’s give our readers a little visual... where are you
right now, and what do you and the space around you look like?
We're in a studio Sasha has rented in Manhattan, I'm sitting in
the kitchen bit between the 2 rooms I can hear Baz editing keyboard
sounds in one room and Charlie working on bits for tomorrow's live
set in the other - a bit like being caught in that space in a club
between the main room and the back room but not so loud.
What are you doing tonight?
Flying down to Buenos Aires, we play Cordoba tomorrow and Pacha
on Friday night.
Have you answered thousand of questions about your album already?
We've answered a few questions yeah, but it's always great to
talk about something that you've put a lot of time and effort in
to. And nice to be asked!
What’s something fun about your album that you like to
share... a story maybe, or an influence or idea...
Just a bit of info really on the recordings. Julie lives near Glastonbury
in the south west of England - for people who don't know it, there
are lots of pagan sites nearby and it attracts people from all over
the world, so there's always this mix of weirdness and cosmic culture
/ counter culture. We recorded the vocals on most of the tracks
in her small toilet which flooded half way through our sessions.
So we'd stay in the town with all this madness going on - and believe
me while you're there for any length of time you see some interesting
characters - and every day drive over and sit in her living room
with headphones on and record vocals, with all her harmonies it
was a lot of recording.
How’d you come up with the title Open?
It took a long time to come - we don't find titles easy - Spooky
was a last minute decision while we had the pressing plant on the
phone ready to press what would be called "Don't Panic"
our first single on Guerilla records. We had a list of names and
that's what we ended up with.
How did you come to work with Julie Daske and Celestine Gordon?
Julie was introduced to us through a friend of a friend. We were
taken to see Celestine sing by a singing teacher friend of ours
called Netty - we were blown away by her.
Were there any other people you worked with on the album?
Yeah a Danish friend called Bastian played bass on a lot of the
tracks. An old friend Jessica Lauren (check out her album Film)
came down with a bunch of keyboards and played over all the tracks
and we use small moments from what she played as subtle textures
and fills. We also got a couple of guitar tracks done by Same Lewis
and a friend of a friend called Greg.
What are you working on with Sasha and how do you three work
We're working on an Involver album - it's a bit like being in a
band with people vibing off each other, Sasha really cares about
Your myspace fans seem to want to send you their mixsets and
tracks and get your input... what is the best way for someone to
get a track to you if they wanted you to listen to it?
Send it to us through the website - we try to respond to everything
in time. Sometimes things slip through the net cause we move around
a lot and emails sometimes disappear into the in box void.
Speaking of fans, what’s the craziest thing a fan has
Can't think of anything that crazy.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thanks for being there and supporting us and enabling us to carry
on doing what we do.
Thanks for answering our questions!!
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