The Science of Sound – An Interview with Lonely Devices

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Lonely Devices is a new band that hit the road running: at merely seven months of being together, their songs have already caught the ear of renown producer Sylvia Massy. With the band's ear for experimentation and dedication to detail, Lonely Devices talks about their songwriting process, and commitment it takes to find the 'right sound'. We look forward to their debut EP!

"Lonely Devices does to rock what Billie Eilish did for blues, ie. popifies and simplifies awesome rock songs without losing the rock feel and attitude! Lonely Devices is currently doing pre-production work for their upcoming EP. It will be produced by Mikko Patrakka together with Grammy-winning producer Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash, Tool)."

 

THE INTERVIEW


Lonely Devices : any story behind band name?

People are lonelier than ever, because of the rising individualism. Even when they hang out with their friends, they stare at their smart phones.

We want to unite people by resurrecting rock music back to mainstream popularity. We know how to arrange guitars, drums and vocals so that younger audiences fall in love with rock, also. Rock music has always united people, but its quality has not been up to par with pop music lately.

When did you get together as a band, and how did you guys find each other? What made you guys want to play music with each other? Other bands you have before this?

We started this band in the Summer of 2019. We went through 500 Finnish bands when we searched for the right kind of singer.

Luckily we got our favorite one! We also knew just the right kind of instrument players. Right away we made sure that everybody shared the same vision. On top of that when everyone has their own special role outside of playing, everything is just more fun together.

Really excited about your EP! How did you get in touch with Sylvia Massy? What can we look forward to from your EP?

Sylvia did an EP with our founding members Mikko Jaakkola and Mikko Patrakka in 2018 in Helsinki. I sent her a demo in the end of 2017, and she fell in love with the twists and turns of our songs, and wanted to work with us. This band was called ODEONS, and its music combined straight-forward rock and prog rock.

Sylvia will help us simplify (and to some extent popify) awesome rock songs, so that we leave only the crucial rock-guitar, drum, keyboard and bass parts and sounds in it.

Sylvia Massy is one of the world's leading music producers and famous for her experimental recording techniques and unusual recording locations. Last time she put me to record a guitar solo through a lightbulb J. There's a video on YouTube of that. She always wants to set aside time to try something out of the ordinary, so the sessions will be a lot of fun!

Can you tell us more about your background as musicians? 

We are pretty scientist like musicians. I mean, we know how to play real instruments, but our aim has always been in really making an impact with our music. So, we spent a lot of time in studying the tricks of the trade, and experimenting with everything.



How do you go about songwriting? Is there any recurring message or theme in your songs? Any driving purpose to the songs in your upcoming album?

At the moment the process is for the most part such that, I write chord progressions for the song. Then Mikko Patrakka writes lyrics that suite with the mood of those. After that our singer Matti will write melody variations. Arranging the songs is the most time consuming part, because everything needs to be perfect nowadays, because the competition is so tough, and people don't want to listen to generic songs. In the pre-production phase we use quite many professionals to help us find the right arrangements. Quite often the theme of our songs is personal growth in some form.  

What does music and being an artist mean to you? Can you recall your earliest memory about music? That one thing that made you want to be an artist / musician?

It's my personal meaning of life (or one of them), and I know the other guys feel pretty much the same. This is almost like a start-up kind of company for us. Composing is fun, but so are all the other tasks that you need to do in order to be successful... I actually don't know why I picked up guitar, but I know that I've always wanted to make the best guitar riffs in the world J


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Whats the best thing and about being in the studio and making music?

The best thing is personal growth that happens in many areas when your goal is high enough. Second best thing is the friendships that develop when you share the same goals. When you are surrounded with like-minded people, you have a lot of courage to try out something new, which again feeds into personal growth. 

Can you describe your best gig so far?

A lot of happy faces in the audience, and very good feedback from the audience. You can hear everything clearly on stage, and know that the mixer is doing his/her job very well, as well.

Most memorable, weird, interesting, or funny thing that ever happened to you as a band? 

We have already had a lot of memorable things happening to us, even though we are only 7 months old: world class producers and managers are liking what they hear, and want to work with us, that is pretty rad.

If each one of you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

We would be five different fruits that no-one has ever tasted yet, but each of the fruits would have somewhat familiar tastes to a lot of people


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