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You describe your music as being inspired by the Basque culture. Can you give us a little background on that culture and how you incorporate it into your music?

Basque culture is one of the oldest cultures in the world, their language is one of the three languages left that is derived from nothing. The instrumentation that they use is all very percussive and the melodies that were shared in these traditional dances, there is an eeriness to them, and we really liked that. Then, we realized that using these instruments [with] modern dance music that we were listening to and producing ourselves worked very well, and that was really the beginning of the Basque inspiration.

What is the song-writing process for the band?

It can be different depending on the time. For this album we decided to go out to Basque Country and write songs on guitars rather than just making beats, which we did for the first album and then kind of writing the songs over the beats. We were experimenting a lot in London. So, rather than doing it over the beats, this time we wrote on guitars. I think, just generally, inspiration comes from anywhere. Sometimes I’ll have a melody in my head or a lyric or, you know, a groove, and we’ll develop a little on [our own] and then we’ll work on it together, but sometimes we’ll just jam. We’ll start with a little rhythm or something and then a song comes from that, but we don’t have one way of doing it. I think in the future our system of writing songs will change.

How did you all evolve from “Star of Love” to your most recent album “Cave Rave”?

I think that a lot of the evolution had to do with [going] to the Basque Country to write the songs. We started thinking more about how Basque culture was created and the people way before the Basque, how they influenced Basque culture, and [then we] started really looking into cave art in Europe and Southern Africa. 35,000 years ago there was a symbolic revelation when people decided to start documenting creativity and [their] beliefs of how they exist among the universe and the shared understanding of existence amongst many indigenous tribes around the world. If you look into the art, they are all discussing shared experiences of different dimensions of cultures. I think just starting to realize that our physical lives and our waking lives may really only be one aspect, or one dimension, of our existence really influenced our lyrics as just a general type of approach to the way we were writing the songs. Also, [we] tried to incorporate more instrumentation from other indigenous parts of the world. We have some African guitar, some South American [instruments]; we tried to represent every culture that has a shared understanding from thousands and thousands of years ago.

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atwood magazine is an arts/fashion/music/literary/interview publication that seeks out new talent and fresh voices, giving its readers a uni...