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Interview: Soundbed & Jenny Lovlein

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So who is Soundbed & Jenny Lovlein?

Soundbed (Nathan)

Soundbed is a young project, and it’s still continuing to evolve. Aaron and I have worked under different names over the years, but when we started MEME we were looking for a new umbrella. We wanted an artist alias to use for future collaborations and live performances, which could possibly include different players, like a mini-orchestra. The name seemed to fit that open-ended concept. I proposed it after a long night of chatting on Aaron’s porch and it just felt right. Honestly, I’ve been putting off making too many decisions about what it is and what it isn’t! I’m excited to see where it can go.

Soundbed (Aaron)

Yea, What Nathan Said, I was just taking a break from my Havens & Hart project and looking for something else to do, adding Jenny to the mix was a no brainer. When I was working a lot with JD Havens we tried working with Jenny but the schedules never quite worked out till this new project with Nathan.

Also, Nathan left out a big part…  he forgot to mention the part about the spirit quest we went on in Nepal to find our spirit animals. We both found the American Coyote as our spirit beast, because of this I wanted to call it “Coyote Chop” but Soundbed won the Rock Scissors, Paper duel with our Sherpa spirit guide. I plan on saving the name for a future project tho.

Jenny Lovlein

Two extremely talented dudes (Aaron Bliss and Nathan Carlton) from Minneapolis passionate about making music. Owners of the record label MEME Sounds. Also, two of the coolest guys I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

As for Me, I’m a vocalist/lyricist from Minneapolis with the same passion for making music. I grew up singing. The first time I stood on a stage to sing was in church at age four. Years later, I was introduced to house music when my brother Erik Love returned to Minneapolis in 1999 after living and DJing in Prague. He would host parties every weekend at his house in Northeast Minneapolis and I would freestyle while he played. It definitely sparked a passion in me for singing house music, but it wasn’t until I heard “Finally” by Kings of Tomorrow that I knew I really wanted to sing house music. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to work with, what I consider, some of the best music producers in Minneapolis.

 


 

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Your recent ‘Turnaround EP’ on MEME Sounds, can you explain the inspiration behind the collaboration and how the track came about?

Soundbed (Nathan)

I’ve known Jenny and her family for years and I’ve been interested in working with her since I knew she could sing. The time finally felt right a little over a year ago. I sent a few laptop sketches to Jenny and Aaron, so Jenny could choose. What became Turnaround used only synths from Arturia’s Mini V, which gave it a vintage analog vibe. I always meant to swap them out, and swap out the drums (which were intended for a different track) but Aaron and Jenny talked me out of it!

In the studio, Jenny likes to write at the mic. She came to the first session with some melody ideas for the start of the verse that fit perfectly. We sketched out a few lyric ideas and got a concept for the song based on what Jenny was feeling. After a couple sessions things were coming together nicely and it was time for a hook. I wrote one using the word “turnaround” and Jenny started changing it. (Mine was a little complicated.) Ultimately we came up with the hook you hear and pretty soon we started getting the feeling this was a single instead of a multi-song release for Jenny. We wrote and recorded two others but Turnaround was the strongest.

Before it was finished Aaron and I worked on the B section together and added its Reese-influenced bass. The extra arpeggiation during the chorus was also added later, plus some finishing touches like automating delays and making a couple naturalistic sort of “80’s rock” tom fills. Aaron has been essential for getting a sketch to a finished product with Soundbed. And I love that we can incorporate different influences into a cohesive result: a traditional song structured lyrics and vocal, house drums that feel “right now”, 80’s rock toms, a quazi DnB bass part in the bridge and a few simple analog Minimoog vibed synth patches and delays.

Soundbed (Aaron)

Whatever Nathan says, don’t believe him, he’s so full-of-shitt-yall. I bet he totally forgot all about the rainbows that shot out my eyes didn’t he?! OK, OK… The real story is this… I remember Nathan and I just vibing and there was bromance in the air, you could see it in our eyes, it was special.  So, yea,  we were like, vibing a lot and stuff you know? So we were going through different ideas he had been playing with, the creative juices were really flowing and Nathan shot over a bunch of sketches throughout the weeks and this one popped up!

I remember thinking, “this is it!”  “let’s keep working on this!” (that’s when the rainbows shot out my eyes) It had this really modern sound that we were both playing at that time. So we started the journey together, not sure when it happened exactly, must have been after that peyote binge in the deserts of New Mexico when our Shaman lead us through the land of Enchantment , but yea… the idea came about to get Jenny on a few tracks and like, Turnaround really stood out of those sketches with her vocals. It was really fun. The most fun I had was, I remember working over the lyrics Nathan started sketching and it was written so proper so the three of us were trying to find ways to “loosen it up”, lots of laughing that night, good memories! That’s it really, it happened, pretty much exactly like that yall.

Jenny Lovlein

When Nathan asked me if I was interested in working on music with Soundbed, I didn’t hesitate. We had talked about working together in the past and this seemed like the perfect time for the three of us to get together and make some magic. Nathan sent me
 some sketches to listen to and I was immediately hooked when I heard the music for what’s now called “Turnaround”. The synths and bassline had me right away and I knew I wanted to sing 
on it. No question about it. I remember telling Nathan “I want this track”! I spent some
time in the studio with Nathan and Aaron trying to find a melody that we felt worked with the music. I did a couple freestyle sessions on the mic and we ended up using the first melody I recorded in our very first session together. When Nathan and I got together later to write the lyrics, they ended up being inspired from a past relationship I was in, that obviously didn’t work out.

 

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It features five massive remixes, is there a remix you think stands out above the rest?

Soundbed (Nathan)

We’re so proud of all the remixes. Each is designed to hit a sweet spot for a different crowd. In our live sets Jenny will sing the vocal over the Pezzner instrumental and then we usually go straight into the CTRL+F and the room explodes! It might not seem like they go together at first. But the Pezzner can really bring everyone together, for a moment, then once we’ve got their attention, the CTRL+F is like pulling a ripcord. Everyone goes crazy and they probably don’t even realize it’s a remix of the same song they just heard sung live!

The Pezzner vocal remix is brilliant. He managed to pull off that amazing feat of making something that feels like it could’ve been the original. That guitar amped monosynth line sustains the whole track. I really want to hear that mix on a huge system in a big field under the moon and the stars someday.

Soundbed (Aaron)

The idea behind MEME since the beginning for us was to try and remember the releases from back in the day. We noticed a cycle recently where every release we hear has 3 or 4 remixes of a track and all in the same style as the original (how do you choose what to play?). As an artist, I hated that and always requested the label to try and get someone to think outside the box for the release.  So with Turnaround we really wanted it to have remixes that stood out on their own and elevated the release. Something for everyone.  I love playing them all depending on the night but the one that I like putting on in the car the most is Champagne’s remix! This cat is crazy talented. He’s a pimp, a space pimp. Pimp’n robot bitches and shit.

Jenny Lovlein

I think they all stand out. They’re all so different. Each remix brings something different to the table. I love how each version has a completely different feel to it.

 


 

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Something you couldn’t live without?

Soundbed (Nathan)

My wife is first to mind: she’s such a huge part of my life I’d hate to imagine what it would be like without her. On the deeper side, I’d feel dead if I couldn’t create. I’m a creator. It’s how I feel alive!

Soundbed (Aaron)

My family. (That’s my girl, my kids, my dogs, and my Akai MPC) they’re a packaged deal.

Jenny Lovlein

My feisty Cuban mother and coke (the soft drink, not the drug).

 


 

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Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

Soundbed (Nathan)

You shouldn’t know about a particular music teacher… I took a lot of classes but when I’ve mentioned him online he’s contacted me reminding me that he told me never to tell anyone I was his student. It’s bizarre.

Soundbed (Aaron)

This one time….  At band camp…  I stuck a flute up my…. 
Basically, you shouldn’t know that I’m a smart ass and 99.9% full of shit, 100% of the day.

Jenny Lovlein

I’m awesome at badminton?

 


 

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Someone you feel will make a huge impact in 2015?

Soundbed (Nathan)

Jeff Craven is going to make a huge impact in my year, not sure about everyone else’s! He’s been putting artist after artist on Large who… often I’ve never heard of before, but love instantly every time.

Soundbed (Aaron)

J.J. Abrams, why?  Because he’s bringing Star Wars back duh. I was gonna say Baha Men but I heard their comeback record and tour got canceled. What a loss!

Jenny Lovlein

Hot Since 82. In my book he’s already made a huge impact. I mean, does it get any better than Little Black Book? Love “Shadows” featuring Alex Mills. Amazing voice. Killer track all around.

 


 

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Can you reveal any plans you have for the future?

Soundbed (Nathan)

Any day now I’m expecting to be a father of identical twin boys! So that is going to consume every waking moment, and some of those moments I won’t want to be awake.

Soundbed (Aaron)

Really excited about 2015, lots of great things in the pipeline, remixes and original work on MEME from guys like MANIK, Jeff Swiff, Dantiez Saunderson, InSoul (aka Bjelo), Jimmy Maheras, Luke Hazel, Stolen Cargo, Ricky Tinez, and new kid on the block Dan Ryan! The list goes on man. Really excited to see what’s to come. At the end of the day, we don’t get rich doing this so it has to be fun and exciting right?! That’s what I hope to have more of in the future.

Jenny Lovlein

There are a couple things in the 
works, nothing I can reveal just yet. I’m just really excited to keep writing, recording and performing music. It’s in my blood. Maybe even keep working on music with these two guys.

 

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