Could you tell us some of the thoughts going through your head as you were creating 'Squirrel and Biscuits'?
I wanted to make something big and dumb like a tank trying to knock your house down.
My basslines always tend to be quite smooth and melodic so for once I wanted to do something with a one note bassline played on a rough, ugly sound.
It started life as an idea for the Umberloid album that never got made and I liked the feel of what I had so I recycled it for 'Mir'.
It was probably one of the hardest songs to get right. I mixed it nine times and played it live in its various incarnations many times before it was released and it is unique in that respect.
Each time I mixed it it sounded too polite and subtle so I kept adding more and more layers to the drums and re-worked the bass sound until I felt it sounded like an ogre trying to escape from a shipping container.
I really love it and look forward to playing it live. It's a weird tempo [85bpm live] and it always seems to throw people a bit when it first drops but most seem to get it by the time the girl vocals appear.
Is the mixing process 'streamline' to you now? Do you know EXACTLY which knobs/parameters to turn to get the sound tweaked? Or is it still a 'stumbling struggle' to get the mixing tools to work right?Ott responded on 03/24/2012 Next question
can you put up a clear picture of yourself?..Ott responded on 03/26/2012