Dan Le Sac:
“To be honest, because most of the work I do is on a laptop, I can do it pretty much anywhere. My favorite place though is pretty much any room of my house. It’s a tiny little brick-built terrace in Reading. We own very little furniture but have a lot of mess, and the best bit about it is one of my neighbours is deaf. I do have a room called the music room, but it is always pretty much a shit tip, so I’m not sure if it’s a help or a hindrance though…
All I need in that space is a table and chair – I have very simple requirements. In terms of time spent here, it’s basically most of my waking hours. As far writing to a schedule or when inspiration hits, for me it’s a bit of both really. I jot down ideas as they come to me but try to set aside a few hours a day to flesh out those musings.
I don’t play well with other children so isolation is really important. I’m really easily distracted so tend not to do anything when other people are about. The most important thing is a little time alone before I work, an hour or so to get my head straight.
There’s in nothing in particular that I like about the space I make music in. It’s not an exciting room. The best thing about it is that it exists. I spent the years before moving to this house without anywhere defined to work, so at least now I don’t have to be in a constant cycle of setting up mics and the kit and then having to put it all away when someone wants to use the dining table.”
“When I’m recording, my favourite place to do so is any space in my house that is free at the time. Sometimes the toilet, more often my bedroom. For me, it’s all about function. I have cheap drum kit that is just about good enough so that it can do the job. It’s ALWAYS cramped when I’m recording but thats a good thing. A bit of pressure and discomfort keeps you humble!
I don’t have much in my recording space except for my mics, my mixing desk type thing and that’s about it. Oh and three woolly hats – my headphones suck so I have to wear three woolly hats on top of each other so my vocals come out clean enough for Le Sac to use.
I’ll spend as much time here for however long it takes to get things done, but I’m a bit of a one-take type character to be honest. That’s not me showing off though, it’s more a lazy thing. I’m all about content as opposed to finesse, so it’s normally Le Sac that sends it back saying “Bro, you can hear your mum in the background telling you dinner is ready. Re-record it.” I do as I’m told. He know best.
In terms of writing, I don’t have a schedule, it’s usually when inspiration hits. I don’t like to force things. Recording-wise it depends on when I have an empty house. I don’t like recording much when others are about. I like to be able to set all my stuff up and know I’m gonna have no distractions and all that.
ISOLATION is key for me! Me and Le Sac work separately and it really works for us. It allows each of us to progress a track in our own ways without someone leaning over our shoulders. Dan makes a beat and emails it to me, I record a vocal, email it back. We are modern men! Sometimes I will email Dan a rough track and he will build a beat, but its far better to put your ideas and criticisms across in an articulate email than lurching over someone’s shoulder going: “Why you doing it like that?”
What do like most about my space is exactly that, It’s MY space. There’s no one messing about with my stuff or pressuring me to finish up!”
Best known for their cult electro rant ‘Thou Shall Always Kill’, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip have notched up a huge following, managed to audition for X Factor and bring out a clutch of killer singles. They play Crawdaddy this Friday January 18th and The Black Box in Belfast on January 19th. In February they’ll be touring the UK supporting Mark Ronson. For more info visit www.myspace.com/lesacvspip
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