Short talk with Calling All Astronauts

Let me share with all fans my new blog interview…about music, technologies and recordings with well known band Caling All Astronauts 

David – How do you feel during this crucial world times?

It’s very worrying, the powers that be have learnt how to use social media to brainwash people into following their agendas, the phrase “post truth” seems very apt. Too many people seem to see things only as black or white, it’s almost as if they don’t realise things are usually grey. And if anyone should present a reasoned argument, there are always brainwashed trolls ready to bully them, it’s a sad state of affairs.

Basic question: Creating music – what does it mean for you? Is it a long-term process with inspiration coming gradually or it can be spontaneously done – due to modern technology – in a few days? 

I wish it was a quick process, we have our own studio and actually took 2,000 hours to record our last album, we see making music as creating art, we are far from mainstream, so we are not making music to make us millionaires, we make it to express our opinions and make social comments.

Looking at it from a distance, how do you perceive the changing nature of recording technology?

It’s really amazing, we use Ableton 10 as our DAW of choice, Bias FX and a Golden Age preamp for the Guitars and end up with a sound that people would think we’ve spent a fortune in studio time, when in reality we’ve recorded everything in my lounge.

What would you keep/restore from music hardware history, if you could – what type of recording?  

There are several old synths that should have a place in history, the Juno 6, Sequential Circuits Pro 1 and The Korg M1, I love old synths, but if I’m honest I just use soft synths for ease and fast work flow.

It seems that an album could be actually recorded on just one notebook with a smart software. Still I feel that it somehow sounds pretty much the same (take s works with all types of I-gadgets). 

To record good product, you need a fast PC or Mac with a lot of RAM, you also need decent monitors, I recently picked up a pair of Yamaha HS8s, they are like the powered version of NS10s, they are superb for the money, being able to monitor your recordings properly, too many bedroom producers think you can mix on headphones, you can’t, because you can’t hear stereo in headphones, you can listen to the sound of individual instruments and tweak them using headphones, but to hear a stereo mix you need monitors

Do you see any connection between recording in the 70s and today, technology left aside?

In the mid 70s the charts had become really shit and punk rock happened as a reaction to that, right now the charts are actually the worst they have every been, truly dreadful karaoke singers being hailed as amazing talents just because they are on major labels and have the best producers, Radio pluggers and Publicists, while real talent goes unnoticed because of lack of budgets

How do you approach marketing/promotion of your music?

We do it all on a shoe string, we have made a lot of contacts at Radio and blogs and send it out and hope they read our emails, we really don’t have the money to compete with the big boys

It´s possible promote and sell albums without major labels? Any frustration for Digital download?

Even the majors are not selling records any more, the streaming sites have put paid to that, and there is no financial reward for most artists, a band gets more money selling 20 albums at their shows than they do for 100,000 streams, where is the justice in that?

Vinyl, CD or MP3?:)

I love vinyl, I still own a lot of punk and alternative vinyl, I hate Mp3s the only thing that sounds worse than an MP3 is an a track downloaded fro iTunes and burnt to a CD, I do like Wav files, with a wav you are always going to have something that sounds like it did when if left the mastering engineer

Do you still believe in a concept of album? My young friends or kids listen 60 sec from song and skip to next…or select only individual songs.

I’ve never liked the concept album, it reminds me of 70s prog rock dinosaurs, to be honest I think concept albums are self indulgent, write the book first, if it’s popular them write the score.

Can full album alive?

We are currently writing our third album, I love albums you can be more creative without having that nagging thought in the back of your mind that Radio may not play a track because of XY and Z

What about Calling All Astronauts in a next 10 years?:). Do you plan some European live gigs, specialy in east Europe?

My wife and I had a baby in August and right now I’m Daddy Day Care, so we are concentrating on he new album this year, but we’ll hopefully tour next year, we love playing festivals so it would be nice to do a European festival tour

David, big thanx for your time!

Mojo Lieskovský

DOUBLE LOUD, 18.03.2018

 

Calling All Astronauts are a London based, politically charged three-piece. Their ability to mix electro, rock, post-punk and even dubstep into their sound, has quickly found them established in the alternative underground. Featuring vocalist /programmer/producer David B , ex Caffeine guitarist J Browning and Marionettes bassist Paul McCrudden.

They have chalked up no less than four No.1’s in the Twitter Music Charts, in December 2012 knocked Adele off the top spot on Xmas Eve to become Christmas No.1, 2012. Their latest single “Empire” had a three month stint in the “Official European Indie Chart” peeking at No.2. They have shared stages with the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, PWEI, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and A Place To Bury Strangers, they also headlined and sold out, Alan Magee’s Death2Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club.

Their seven singles so far have seen them gaining support from all four corners of the globe as numerous rock and alternative radio shows have taken them to their hearts putting them on heavy rotation. They have been featured on BBC Introducing, and have been studio guests on BBC 6 Music’s Introducing with Tom Robinson.

Their underground attitude to video production has received great praise from many, including Irvine Welsh who, after viewing the video for “What’s So Good About” proclaimed it as “Brilliant.

Their second album “Anti-Social Network” was released via Supersonic Media in March 2016. It features original artwork by South African sculpture artist Maurice Mbiyaki.

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