Mon, 18 May 2015 13:53:34
Beantown hip-hop duo dive into the making of their forthcoming third record and hometown inspirations.
Right now, Aer are in this middle of making their third full-length album. The Boston group are red hot off after a highly successful North American tour and stand ready to flip the script yet again. For the unfamiliar, the alternative rap duo of David von Mering and Carter Schultz delivered a super dope self-titled second offering in 2014 that further entrenched them amongst the genre's indie elite. Now, they're expanding their repertoire and evolving further, while preserving the sound that countless fans fell in love with. As they dive deeper into the creative process, David and Carter spoke to us about the new music and more in this exclusive interview.
What's your approach been like for the new album?
David: This new album is a little bit of a step forward and, to some degree, it showcases where we are at. It's not drastically new like the last album Aer, but we have experimented with textures and sounds. The record sounds different, but the attitude is a sum of everything we have done and this past year.
What encouraged some of that experimentation? What was pushing you in the moment?
David: We went to L.A. to work with some new producers, which is something that we have never done before. It was definitely eye-opening for me. I have been doing all the production. To let new people in the studio was something that was a totally fresh thing. We have previously never been involved in any of that. There were a lot more "hands on deck," which added to the experimentation and the element of creativity. People added drums, guitars, and even lyrical ideas. It became more of a group project instead of just the two of us.
Did that make it more liberating for you two?
David: Yeah, it definitely helped. It was just new! That is all that matters to me, as an artist. I want to make a product and feel inspired in the moment, be in the studio and become totally "wowed" by the results. We worked with Printz Board who also worked with The Black Eyed Peas, and he came with a sort of a rhythmic and dance music-infused mentality. It made for some excellent music, and his energy was infectious. Making music must be an enjoyable process. It was with Printz, and we really all clicked. You can hear the energy on the album. It's dope!