Light The Love - Christopher Dallman Interview - Page 4
I usually pick up my guitar and just play and play and sing along until I find a place that feels really comfy and then I hang out there. I'll make a quick recording of that idea and if it's good the tune lives in my head for a few days. I sing a lot of gibberish - sometimes for years - and eventually find a word or phrase that seems to be the real deal and the rest of the lyrics grow from there. I don't always know what a song is about until it's done.
How long does it take for you to create a song, from it’s original idea to finished product?
It varies wildly. 'Ghosts' I wrote in 10 minutes. 'Subterranean' on the new record was 3/4 written and stayed that way for 5 years. I had everything but the lyrics to the bridge. I didn't write those until 5 minutes before I went into the studio to record the vocal for that song on the new record.
Wow, impressive, or maybe a touch impetuous, so tell us a little about the new EP, what can we expect?
Oh Jason, the new EP is called Light the Love. It's a collection of songs that I've been playing live for many years but never found a home on one of my other recordings. One of the songs - 'Right on Time' - I've been playing since my very first live show in NYC more than 10 years ago. Each of these songs have already had a pretty rich life onstage. They have lived and breathed and this record in many ways is about documenting that.
I recorded it over the course of the last 2 years with a guy named George Stanford producing. He's an LA based singer songwriter and we worked in his studio in Hollywood.
It was a very different process that anything I've gone through before. 'Race the Light,' 'Never Was,' and 'Sad Britney' were all recorded in big studios with vintage gear. Each session was, like, 12 hours plus... We spent hours twisting nobs to get the right sounds before recording a note I loved every minute of it, but it was a very drawn out process.
With George, we'd get together casually in his home studio every couple of months over the course of 2 years. Each session was 3-4 hours and each song took just 2 sessions. The first meeting, we'd lay down the music. I played guitar, of course, and he played pretty much everything else. He is so, so talented. Watching him find his way with each instrument was really amazing to experience.Continued on the next page