Salt House Lavish – Do Not Follow Them [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Diverse, Eclectic, Bold.

“Do Not Follow Them took about 2 hours from start to finish”. That’s Impressive. Tell us a few things about your creative process.

The creative process for ‘do not follow them’ was a bit different from other songs, I was playing around with the Electro Harmonix guitar pedal called Freeze, which basically freezes with input and plays continuously the nanosecond of sound, so while playing around with playing some Bill Evans piano from Miles Davis’ Kind of blue, I basically samples the sound of the piano and made a mini synth with it. That part took the longest, then I found the drum sample from some that I had waiting to be used. I accidentally found the vocal sample in a bunch of other samples and it all just seemed to fit together perfectly. Overall the creative process is similar, I’ll play around on the guitar or bass and a riff with come through or ill play something into Reason and sample it and process it and come up with some really experimental.

Your sound has an experimental vibe. Should music always challenge the listener?

I don’t think music needs to challenge the listener to be good, and it doesn’t need to be complicated tonally or structurally. I love listening to jazz, from the cool period right through to the 80’s and some of that got way to complicated sometimes often sacrificing the tune and the listener from the experience. I do like to experiment with sounds though, trying to create a musical landscape that’s unique and different.

Favourite producer?

If I had to pick just one, it would probably have to be Brian Eno, but Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) comes a very close second

How do you relate to the UK music scene?

During the 90’s I was involved in a few bands that were good enough to be big but just never in the right place at the right time. I took time out from music for a while due to work and life commitments and only got back into it about 3 years ago, so I don’t feel that im part of the scene at the moment. Hopefully once all this covid stuff is behind us I might look at putting together a live show

What would be your dream performance venue?

Ever since I started playing music when I was around 14 and started gigging with bands, my best friend and former band member Chris had a deal that if we ever played Glastonbury we had to do it together, so I would say Glastonbury.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I don’t really have a useless talent to speak of. One thing ive done since I was young, I don’t really celebrate new years eve, I treat my birthday as my new year, and for years now I really deep dive into something and have that as personal gift to myself. So ive studied astronomy, physics and quantum theories, sleight of hand magic, computer science. Some things have stuck others are a bit rusty now, so yeh I don’t really have anything useless, everything has a purpose at some point.

Thank you!

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