After 3 years in the making, Loxy & Resound’s debut collaborative album ‘’Burning Shadows’’ is finally dropping on Exit Records. We step into the void with Resound to get the inside word on what he and Loxy have been working on behind closed doors for the last few years and the personal importance of the project...
The album has a retro referencial feel to it, acknowledging the industial influences of 90's drum & bass, even with a nod to album etiquette by including a reprisal track. Was this a conscious decision or a product of the writing process?
It's a part of our sound and who we are. We all come from somewhere and are influenced by something - for Loxy and myself one of the big influences is definitely there in the 90's drum & bass. You can no doubt hear our roots from many of the things we do but it's really not something we think about consciously.
Good music always sounds fresh so that's something we aim for. To me music has always been about creating something new and interesting, exploring new ground. That really fascinates me and that's one of the reasons I fell in love with drum & bass music in the first place - it always seems to be changing and evolving.
Collaboration over an album project has got to create new challenges for both individuals, but also as a production outfit. How do you perceive the limitations of collaboration and also the advantages, especially when working in different countries?
Sometimes it's nice to get together in studio with someone but I really love collaborating over the internet as well. As far as limitations go, I think it really comes down to how well your mindset aligns with the mindset of the people you are working with. That is what creates limitations. Everyone also has to possess a certain amount of flexibility, otherwise it's just not going to work out.
Loxy and I share a very similar mindset about music. We are very much used to working like this so we really see it as an opportunity rather than a limitation. It works well because we don't have to do a whole lot of explaining. Most of the time when I hear something he started, I just know what needs to be done and vice versa. We rarely disagree about anything.
One of the biggest advantages in working from separate locations is that we can both take our time and try different things without having the pressure of succeeding right there and then. You can keep trying on your own until you come up with something that works. Also we both appreciate the comfort of working from our own homes and studios.
We still often work simultaneously, sending sounds back and forth and we always have a chat open so we can communicate in real time.
I think it is really important to meet up every once in a while though. That gives you a chance to discuss things you wouldn't normally discuss over a chat, and just helps to keep your mindsets aligned in general.
So it's a bit like getting the best of both worlds for us really.
In fact I am planning to write an article on this topic for my blog soon as I think for many people there is lots of undiscovered potential in collaboration. By the way anyone interested in music production should go have a look at the blog - you'll find it at http://www.resoundsound.com .
Where does the album fit into a broader spectrum of electronic music? Without being too presumptuous there are obviously dub, industrial, electronica and jungle influences within Burning Shadows. Both musically and more broadly where do you find inspiration when creating music as an artist?
Some might find it surprising but I don't really listen to a whole lot of music myself. I would like to listen more but I'm usually always busy working on something and when I'm not I often just prefer a bit of silence.
I think rather than trying to define the album too much, it's better to just say we really wanted to make timeless music and something we can be proud of later in our lives. We were working on the album for three years so many different things and influences have come and gone during that time.
For me, life itself is an endless source of inspiration when viewed the right way. Meeting other people who are into music and seeing their passion for it is always very inspiring and rejuvenating.
I don't usually really look for inspiration though. Most of the time I just either feel like writing music or I don't. If I don't feel like writing music, I usually still give it a try as sometimes all it takes is a little nudge to get the ball rolling. But sometimes you just need some time off music as well which is all good. I try not to make a big deal out of things.
I do find it really important to maintain good health as I find that it directly affects the way my brain works - the way I think, experience and execute things. The amount and quality of the ideas I get seems to be more related to this than anything else.
For you personally, what are the defining tracks of album, definitive moments and tracks which dictated the direction the rest of the project would take? Where there low points in the process as well?
It's hard to pinpoint any specific tracks or moments as it's been a long process, we've made loads of tracks in the past three years and we've kept working on the album material until we were happy with the results. My personal favourite tracks on the album would at least have to include "Black Hole" and "Celestial"...
As far as low points - we definitely had a hard time with a few tracks and kept revisiting them over and over again until we managed to crack them. There are several tracks on the album that went through more than 10 different revisions. With some it was merely a case of getting the mixdown right, with others we just felt they had potential for more and just kept adjusting them. There are some tracks we still didn't quite figure out, maybe they will be finished in time for the next LP.
Artistic hardships and self imposed pressures of writing an album are common when writing albums, what are your own experiences? Working out of the Exit stable means you are amongst some of the genre's most progressive artists. How does this effect your own work expectations?
A lot of the stuff you hear on the album was already made before Exit offered to release it. So for us it was more a matter of bringing the project together, choosing the right tracks and ideas that would work together as an album and of course we also wanted the whole thing to fit the ethos of Exit Records at the same time, as we instantly agreed that Exit would make a great home for the project.
I think it really helped to have two of us working on it. I've written two albums before on my own (they were never released) and I definitely know all about the self-imposed pressure of writing an album. This project was different though. The main reason probably is that we work really fast together and there was loads of material to play around with.
More than anything we have simply been vibing off and creating lots of music we like without giving too much thought over anything else. dBridge also specifically wanted us to do just that so there was no pressure from the label whatsoever.
The process was quite effortless as we had plenty of finished material as well as ideas/sketches to choose from. Once we had a rough outline on what we wanted to finish for the project, it only took us a few more months to have the production finished and about another month to polish the mixdowns. Out of this material, more than another album worth of music had to be left out in the end. Some tough choices were made there... Luckily a lot of what was left out from the album it will be coming out through other routes later on, so the work was definitely not wasted.
Loxy & Resound - Burning Shadows LP Tracklisting