The Creative Process #8 Dance with the dead

 

When did you start making music and what was the contributor factor that made you
to do so?

I’d say around 1994. I heard Basket case by Green Day on MTV and wanted a
guitar. My older brother always exposed me to bands when i was a kid so I always
had an interest to play guitar since he played as well but I was blown away when I
discovered Green Day and shortly after that, I started writing my own stuff.

How hard was it for you to create, record and release your first material?

Honestly, we had no idea what we were doing and it was mainly for fun. Justin and
I have been friends since high school so it was two friends making some music and
having some drinks and hanging out. Never imagined because of Out of body, we’d
be doing what we’re doing today.

What is the main art form that influenced you in creating? Was it only music or did
movies and other forms of art influenced your creative process?

I’ve always been in bands growing up so music was always my main priority and
the only thing I wanted to do.
I just love writing music. I can’t imagining doing anything else. For DWTD, a lot of
films (especially horror) had a big part which I’m sure people that like our music
already know by now.

What are the steps that an idea takes before becoming a fully fledge song? And how
does that idea affects the way you build an album from the ground up?

Some songs just come from riffs and ideas and they’ll go back and forth while we
try different things with it until theres a structure as to other songs it’ll literally
just write itself in 30 minutes. It just really depends. After all the songs are
written, we’ll pick out the best ones for the record.

What do you consider the most important traits that a song and an album must have before you consider it to be completed?

The songs have to tell a story. Take the listener on a journey.
What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter
or go to a certain setting in order to get creative? It usually starts off with a melody hook or a riff. Then we build the song off of
that. Whatever’s triggering the idea, whether it’s a beat, guitar riff or a synth
chord. Then we’ll start puzzling the song together.

Except art are there any other external or internal factors that influence you when
you create, if so what are they?

There are times when we write, we’ll have a flick going on in the background and
whatever the scene is, just from seeing something visually, an idea will spark or
we’ll listen to records we love and try to get some inspiration out of it.
What is your main motivation to create and be creative?
The love of music. Simple as that.

How long does it take to go from a song to an album from scratch to the fully
recorded version?

Some songs can take months or even years until we are 100 percent satisfied or
some songs are done in a few days.

Do you take multiple takes of the songs before settling on the final version or do you go with the flow and just do one take?

Few takes usually on rhythm guitars. Sometimes the tone isn’t right for the song
so I’ll have to go back re track it until it’s more fitting but if the playing is solid,
one take or not, no need to change it.

During live shows what do you like to do more, experiment and improvise on the basis  of the existing album and songs or you are more likely to recreate the recorded material as faithfully as possible?

All the songs we perform live are different than how they are on the records but
we’ll probably try being a bit more experimental with the songs in the near
future.

What are the main ingredients that makes a live show special for you?

The crowds energy. Soon as I hear chanting or see kids moshing and crowd surfing,
I’m sold.

Do new ideas appear during live performances? If so how to do you proceed in order to materialize them?

Not so much during the show but when we’re touring definitely.
There’s so much time to kill…

What is the perfect time of day and weather that makes you creative?

I like starting during the day as for Justin, he’s a night person.
Every now and then I’ll have a few cocktails at night and start working on music
though.

What are your future plans and what advice do you have for people that want to get
into creating music?

We have a new record coming this year which we’ll be announcing soon and there
will be a lot of touring.
As for advice, if creating music makes you happy, thats the only thing that
matters.

dance with the dead

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