Interview w/ LAZYRAVE
Following the release of their pulsing new track 'Lazy Raver', we caught up with the Newcastle 4-piece to find out a bit more about what inspires their eclectic sound.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single "Lazy Raver”?
Lazy Raver (can you still operate) was the working title of the track before we even had any ideas for the vocals, so that name combined with the edgy sound of the track really sparked the imagination and conjured up images of a wonky house party where things have gotten way out of hand, and pretty weird to say the least.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Not one event really, just the many spaced out after parties we’ve been to over the years, memories of strange 6am chats and micey characters. There’s a little prodigy homage in the lyrics too, just a little hats off as they are a constant source of inspiration for our music.
How did you create the video for the track?
We used a machine learning technique that generated the imagery from its own unique interpretation of the track's lyrics. We wanted to capture the subconscious of a tripping mind, and until we can record our own brains, we’ll need to keep getting robots high instead.
Could this be the future of music videos?
No matter how advanced artificial intelligence gets, human creativity will never be replaced.
Tell us about the recording and writing process?
The recording and writing process is quite organic, all done in our studios. Clem usually comes up with a rough idea for the instrumental track. Dan then takes that and writes the vocal melody and lyrics, then it’s a case of getting together and finishing it off.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Our songs are inspired by years of clubbing, festivals, parties, people, and a passion for all sorts of different genres of music.
What’s the music scene like where you’re from? Has it influenced your music?
The music scene here has always been eclectic. Foundation was amazing back in the day and it was a real shame that it closed. We have the O2 academy which gets the bigger acts on, some sweet techno gigs at the Cosmic Ballroom and there are smaller more independent venues such as the Cluny and Head of Steam that are worth a visit if you are up this way. There’s also the odd naughty secret rave if you know where to look and you’ll usually find Pete headbanging in Trillians.
What artists are you currently listening to?
Digging into each of our playlists, we’re currently listening to Overmono, DJ Seinfeld, Maribou State, Shire T, Bicep, Redlight, Mall Grab, Wayward, Fontaines DC, Bonobo, Tool, Extrawelt, Tame Impala, Klaus Johann Grobe, Cabaret Nocturne, Four Tet, Throwing Snow, Floating Points, Max Cooper, Radiohead, Jamie xx, Parcels, Nathan Fake, Jango Flash, Sam Fender, Tame Impala, Ugly Duckling and Neil Young.
What else is happening next in LAZYRAVE’s world?
We have a string of singles coming out followed by an album, keep an eye out for our Bridge video which is a mini-set we recorded and filmed post lockdown which will be dropping on YouTube. Other than that we are just reworking the live set and getting gigs booked in so keep an eye on our website for tour dates. We’re excited to get back into the mixer.
Kinetic, atmospheric, evocative, propulsive, grungy, dreamy, euphoric: LAZYRAVE are an authentic collaboration that have earned their sound and lived their lyrics.