How did you go about writing and recording Future Splendors?
I had a few ideas for those songs already started around the time that my last LP, Golden Years, debuted. It took me about a half a year to write the tracks on Future Splendors and I recorded half of it in Ohio and the other half in New York when I moved here, which was pretty interesting. After that, I sent it off to my good friend Elliot who mixed the entire record to tape. It was a really cool experience because I did more recording out of the box than I'm generally used to.
How would you describe the sound of the new album?
I like to describe it as synthpop. Obviously there is a big blend of influences going on in my music, but I think in it's most simple form it's synthpop all the way!
Who did the artwork for the new album and single?
My good friend Kenny Phillips did the artwork and overall design of the front and back covers, as well as the inner linings. Kenny and I met at Ohio University, and he lives a few blocks away from me in Brooklyn now. He's an amazing graphic designer with a really cool approach aesthetically. We came up with the vision together, but Kenny definitely translated my initial idea into something extraordinary.
How has your songwriting evolved from your debut to the new album?
It has definitely become a more broadened approach. I have a tendency to write pretty simple songs, structurally. On the new record, I expanded on some sections a bit more and added a few different ideas to shape songs, something I normally didn't do. I've also come to love using more real instruments like guitars and basses. All my sounds used to come from the computer, but now I am trying more and more to incorporate strings and other interesting elements to the sound.
How has the recording process changed?
Now that I'm in New York, it's a bit more complicated than it usually was. That's not meant in a bad way, though. I live in a recording studio, so the process involves more steps. I'll usually demo a song in my own recording setup, then once I have everything ready, I'll record it through better gear in the studio and do it right. It's a great workflow.