What do you take extremely seriously when it comes to your music?
Edem: Everything. Every note, sound, effect, arrangement, performance. All the details are absolutely crucial to conveying a concept and song.
Brett: Our independence.
What can you be lax about when it comes to your music?
Edem: Uh, nothing.
Brett: I would add that we’re not “lax” when it comes to delivering music that we’re proud of. Internally, however, we relax our preconceptions about what a piece might (or should) sound like and open ourselves up to different adaptations of composition. We are adaptable, and we always keep an open mind for anything that would improve our sound, but never “lax”.
Who is the most demanding about your music?
Edem: All of us. With home recording affording limitless tracks and TIME, there’s no excuse for shoddily recorded parts or performances. We record/arrange/produce until we get it right.
Brett: I wouldn’t say that any of us are “demanding” as would suggest a more dictatorial leadership style. We’ve learned to embrace the individuality of each other’s skill and performance and to recognize the value of each other’s interpretation and input into our music. Remember that most of what you hear consists of multiple instrumentation, and therefore multiple musicians each performing a small part of a larger piece of music. A one-man-band is simply not that interesting.
What demands do you make of yourself when you need to keep on the right track?
Edem: To Act. It’s so easy to put things off in our busy lives. I pick up the guitar, plug in the gear, and go. So, let’s flesh this out: recently we were asked to record tracks for a friend’s song he was submitting to an online Song Contest. We had about a week to COMPLETE the recording, mix, and deliver. We have other jobs/responsibilities that demand our attention, but I had a break in my schedule one afternoon and just told myself to focus and “get on it”. I was aware that Brett could only arrive on the weekend for a few hours, and I needed to have the majority of the tracks well underway. I plugged in and had all my parts recorded by 10pm that evening. Boom. Do it.
Brett: Keep it simple. Do only what’s needed. Some of the most amazing pieces of music (or art in general) always leave something out. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a saying which can be expanded musically to mean the brain will add more to what’s being implied rather than heard. Leave room.
How do you figure out what needs to change rather than just adjusted?
Edem: By listening to the track as objectively as possible, and really HEARING it. This sometimes takes multiple, multiple repetitions.
Brett: Replay – adjust – replay – adjust etc. A journey across the Atlantic will require multiple course corrections, and even occasionally abandoning ship. In music, we’re sometimes required to change the instrumentation in order to make it work. We really made a giant leap forward when we figured out that any instrument is replaceable (yes ANY), and that the final result is all about what comes out of those 2 small speakers.
Coming from your hometown, how does it influence the music you make?
Edem: Los Angeles is a vast musical, cultural, and artistic landscape. KinderCrowdControl music is a reflection of all this, where we’re at, and where we want to go.
Brett: Our “hometown” is a vast ocean of musical styles and performance purposes. We live in an area that uses music in many forms of art. This is not just music you might hear over the radio, but also film, television, or live performance. Music is sound, and sound is used in most forms of entertainment. We’re fortunate to live in an area like this and have the freedom to make music any way we want.
Are there any other influences you pull from?
Edem: Art, literature, people, interactions, and the zeitgeist.
Brett: Everything. Even the chirping of crickets.
How are you trying to make sure you do the right thing for yourself and your art?
Edem: We hear the results, and bounce ideas off each other. KinderCrowdControl music is organically grown, and a natural process for us. As the L.A. poet Charles Bukowski’s epitaph reads: “Don’t Try”.
Brett: We try to keep it real while at the same time pushing the boundary. We create what we like, but always keep an ear open to what our listeners like, and an open mind for what could be.
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