Feature: Q&A with LayerZ + A New Mixtape
I met with LayerZ one sunday morning, to chat a little bit about the album and try to understand how it came to be.
MR - Mo Rayon
GA - Gilad Abro
AC - Aviv Cohen
YA - Yonatan Albalak
MR: Tell me a couple of odd things that happend while recording the album
AC: During the recording of exit from the universe, midst tune, Albi switched to radio mode on his OP-1 and all of a sudden, eerie classical music that was playing "randomly" just fitted perfectly on the tune. and so it stayed there.
YA: The concept of this song was switching instruments, meaning the bassline was played on a baritone guitar by me, the beat was created by using clicks from Abro's bass, and Aviv finished arrangment with a stunning synth take.
GA: I have nothing else to add about this.
YA: Also in that song, during Kerens vocal takes, she did one part octave low, and when she got to the chorus, either of the guys in the room couldn't keep themselves from laughing, which remained in the final take. shit loads, and noise of my own despair.
AC: In Savyon Spaceship studios, interesting things can happen. you can meet dogs and birds and fruit hanging from the trees, and one cat called Shabi (a very intense one). We decided to record shabi, and to tribiute the song to him. so Albi went outside and recorded a conversation with him. super intesne.
MR: Tell me about working with the guests on your album
YA: Firstly, Nitai Hershkovits, our former established member is always a great pleasure to work with, and whichever tune you let him play on always turns into a hit. whether its synths, acoustic piano, or whatever has black and white keys on it - he's our man.
GA: Marina-Maximillian Blumin (Which we regularly play as her band) came around to the studio, one afternoon in the post production days, after having sung a few sentences as sketches in Aviv's place. She finished off the song "Dreamin'" by improvising from text we scribbled together on a page, and she gave an extraordinary backing take on Roadside Fever, which created the tune's deep atmosphere. so, thank you Marina.
AC:We sent KerenDun a couple of sketches, and she came to the studio very prepared, having written one song that immediately fitted on one of the beats we did with Nitai, and another one which she wasn't sure where it would fit. We listened to it on top of Mad Hats, and Exit from the universe, and immediately fell in love with how it went on the second one. Keren is a very sensitive person and she has strong opinions about every aspect of the music, Which makes her very fun to work with.
GA: Yuv, aka Rejoicer, got to work with Aviv a little bit before us, on his solo project Sol Monk. So for us, as a band it was the first time working with a producer. Our first album was self produced, so this was an new and exciting experience for us. We spent the prior months fucking around on Ableton, and we came to him with a bunch of unfinished sketches. He dug the idea of starting from there, and we booked the studio. the creative process revolved partly around the sketches we brought, and also around improvisations guided by him, such as in the case of Marijuana, a spacey tribute to my African nanny.
YA: Three days later, it felt like he had put it all together like Lego. He really treated every note with devotion as it was his own.
MR: How different are your shows from the albums?
AC: This band started out as a jam band, playing around at different venues in tel aviv, so, skipping forward in time there's a huge difference from where we started to where we are now. but, essentially we are three jazz-men, and we like to open it up in shows. Every show will have a different vibe to it, as its basically 50% improvised and 50% written.
YA: So whether our starting points are the old songs, which are more fusion-progressive oriented, or the new stuff, which is psychedelic hip hop, they are the basis for a new adventure each show.
GA: The concerts are a breeding ground for new materials, as well as a remix setting for all new and old tunes.
MR: Describe your musical personalities in five words.
YA: Abstract, dark versus light, playfulness, tension, texture.
GA: Roots, earth and sky, vagner, dirty, platoon.
AC: Deep, weightless, truth, drive, one.
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