AM & Shawn Lee will be performing FRIDAY, 6/28 at The Echo. Their new album, La Musique Numerique, is available now and features 12 tracks including “Two Times,” “All The Love,” and “Good Blood.”
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AM & Shawn Lee graciously took time to answer questions about their new release, La Musique Numerique and the excitement surrounding their current tour and upcoming performances.
What is the most challenging part of the recording process?
AM: I would like to say that’s it not being in the same room together (I record in LA and Shawn in London), but that’s actually not the case. In fact we’ve really come to embrace recording remotely. It allows each person to fully realize their ideas…actually putting them in the song before the other has a chance to hear it. So you never hear how the other develops their ideas and so you give it a chance…you’re not shooting it down before it’s done.
SL: MAN THIS IS THE EASIEST AND MOST FUN PART OF THE WHOLE PROCESS! IT’S EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S CHALLENGING!
What did you learn about yourself as musicians while working on the songs for La Musique Numerique?
AM: I think we’ve realized that there is an undeniable chemistry here. We knew it one our first album, Celestial Electric, but this one happened much quicker. We were on the same page as to what kinds of sounds we wanted to use this time around.
SL: “EVERYTHING AND NOTHING”!!!!!
What makes for a successful creative collaboration?
AM: You have to completely trust and respect who you are working with. This way you can be free to explore your creativity to it’s highest point because you know your partner will deliver. It also makes you want to do the best work you can do. Kind of like friendly competition, but you’re on the same team.
SL: “TRUST, TALENT, VISION AND COMMUNICATION”.
What is the theme of La Musique Numerique and did you start knowing what the theme would be, or did it develop over time?
AM:I think influence wise on this album Shawn and I both were hitting library records pretty hard. I know for me I was really taken away by Sauveur Mallia (French bass player and studio musician) and his work on theTele Music label (Cosmosynthetic series, Automation, etc.) as well as his work with Spatial and Co. Very disco influenced library music from the late 70’s and early 80’s. And that being the key word, disco INFLUENCED…not purely disco by any means as this stuff went way beyond into electro, funk and many other directions. The first song we recorded was “Replay” and it completely set the tone for this album. Based on an old 70’s drum machine coupled with a long forgotten 80’s classic vocal processor, the Roland SDE 1000, this song was definitely the tonal template for the rest of the album . Early 80’s synths and vocal processors, drum machines, linn drums, synare 3’s, roto-toms would all follow.
SL: “THE NEW ALBUM WAS A LOGICAL CONTINUATION OF THE THE FISRT ONE. WE PLAYED EACH OTHER MUSIC ON TOUR AND JUST VIBED OUT. I THINK THIS RECORD HAS A LITTLE MORE OF AN EARLY 80’S INFLUENCE TO IT AND IS A BIT MORE SYNTHY”.
Who are three lyricists or musicians that have inspired/influenced your sound?
AM: Sauveur Mallia, Piero Umiliani, Ersen SL: ERSEN, SELDA, TOM TOM CLUB
What does being brave mean to you?
AM: Not being afraid to fail. You’ve got to lay it all on the line as long as you believe what your doing is great. I know that Shawn and I are delivering the best possible work we can. Digging as deep as we can influence wise and making a record that is true to us and what we stand for as musicians. It it fails then I can sleep at night. It’s like Martin Sheen said in the film “Wall Street” “I don’t go to bed with no whore and I don’t wake up with no whore…that’s how I can sleep at night.” If you stay true to what you’re doing artistically then failure won’t sting as bad.
SL: “FOLLOWING YOUR OWN PATH AGAINST ALL ODDS”
Where can my readers find you online?
www.amandshawnlee.com and www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee