|Change returns success? Daniel Vincent talks about his new single|
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:32:13 GMT
The last time we caught up with Daniel Vincent, co-founder of mrs.vee recordings and half of post-prog scenesters The Resonance Association, all the talk was about the new album Return From Dreaming.
Now, meeting Daniel in a sun-bleached pub garden in his native Croydon, the same album is one of the topics covered, although for very different reasons.
So Daniel, how are you?
I'm well, I have the day off today so I'm enjoying the nice weather whilst also catching up on a few things. I have a new single coming out, so I'm going some bits to get that ready.
Like talking to us?
Oh yes, I guess so.
This is the second single you've released in the last couple of months ["North Drive" came out in March]. Where did all this come from?
I have a lot of material, predominantly electronic, which I'm keen for people to hear. I started working on a follow-up to my Hopton EP last year, and as we move into the spring I thought it would be a good time to put it out.
So, is there much more where this came from? Will there be more singles or an album?
Probably both, a few more singles going into the summer, then maybe an album later in the year. We'll see. There's a lot going on at the moment.
A lot going on? Is any of that related to The Resonance Association announcement [the band recently announced they were indefinitely delaying their album]?
I have been working with Dominic to try to resolve the album issue. It's all about the mixes on some of the tracks, so it's mostly my fault... it usually is! We are determined that the album has to be the best it can be. So far we've re-mixed and completely re-arranged a couple of the tracks which was quite liberating. However, that's a story for another day I think.
But that album will come out at some point?
Almost certainly, however it's neither mine or Dominic's main focus at the moment. We both have day jobs and lives outside of TRA, and outside of music, so that sometimes has to come first... boring I know...
OK, back to the single. It's called Coin-Op and it's very electronic
Yes it certainly is. There are also two more tracks on Coin-Op EP which we've just released as a Bandcamp exclusive which are also very electronic: recorded using Ableton Live, with my trusty LaunchPad, Kaoscilator and a lot of effects, plug-ins and soft-synths. I've very pleased with how these have all come out. Over the last few years I've moved further and further into the technicalities of recording electronic music, whether it's been treating guitars, drums and theremins for TRA or just creating tracks to please myself.
It's very liberating having this very quick feedback loop of creating and mixing in hours rather than days. Releasing this music now is an indication that I'm comfortable moving further in this direction, and that I no longer feel the need to justify the music I create purely in progressive- or alt- rock terms.
You've mentioned your Hopton EP earlier, can you tell us more about that?
Sure, I have been taking my family up to the Norfolk coast every year for the past five years, staying in chalets or cottages. I love the seaside towns, the old arcades, the long beaches and the relative peace compared to London which is pretty non-stop. I take my laptop and some recording gear and over the years I've recorded This Building..., parts of The Enemy Game and also the Hopton EP.
Hopton is a place, right?
Yeah, Hopton-On-Sea is a small village with a holiday camp built next to it. It turns out my father used to go there some 60 years ago as a kid, which may understand why I feel really at ease there.
The Hopton EP was recorded whilst we were there in late 2013 and was my first attempt to create something properly electronic. In the past I've always added a few guitars in or vocals just to try to "legitimise" the music. I think I've moved on from needing to do that now. I think Hopton has some piano and drums on it actually!
So is this you turning your back on traditional guitars, bass, drums and vocals?
Not entirely, although it doesn't interest me as much anymore: on my new website I've started posting Spotify playlists which is create every few weeks, and whilst you'll see that I've still got love for all the music I used to, I'm also listening to a lot more artists on Ghostly International, Warp and the like. It is nice to drift off to some of this stuff, the atmospheric sounds, you can get really wrapped up in it all.
Thanks for taking the time to chat
It's a pleasure!