MusicMakers is an interview series from Adafruit that explores the intersection of the DIY music and maker communities. We’ll be talking to some of our favorite musicians about art, tech, DIY, gear tips and more. Along the way we hope you’ll find some great new music as well as some ideas and inspiration for your own projects.
These releases found press and praise from outlets big and small. Her way with words, her disarming honesty, her unabashed tenderness and her willingness to be at once vulnerable and a goofball resonated with people. An artist that began in a bedroom, experimenting and expressing with the abandon and freedom that home recording and self-releasing offers was able to tap into something special. That something special led her to larger lineups and bigger venues, taking her out of the Bandcamp bedroom bubble and deep into the NYC scene – and then all across the world.
In 2018, Kline signed to the legendary Sub Pop label. Sub Pop found their way from Green River to Soundgarden to Nirvana all the way to the Postal Service, the Shins, Flight of the Conchords, Beach House and way beyond. Like Kline, Sub Pop have found more than one way of getting things done. With Frankie Cosmos’ Vessel LP out on March 30th, it’ll be fascinating to see what Kline and Sub Pop can do together.
What was your introduction to music? I started taking violin lessons when I was 6 but soon switched to piano.
What have you been working on? Learning to drive!
How have you seen technology change the creation and consumption of music in your lifetime? The biggest change I’ve noticed has been fewer instruments being used to make music. I think the best change has been how many more people have access to making their own recordings and putting them out there.
Describe your recording or production setup: 90% of the recordings I make are just me and my computer with Garageband, either just using the computer mic for everything, or more recently this little thing I got for plugging my electric guitar into my computer: “jam” from the company Apogee. For the studio albums we’ve made, we record onto reel-to-reel tape with our friend Hunter Davidsohn at his studio Business District Recording in upstate NY.
Any tips for gear or customising your workspace? Honestly, no. I don’t know anything about gear. All I know is that no matter how fancy your set-up is, that doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to make something you’re proud of. Worry first about writing the song, and then figure out how you are going to record it!
What’s one song everybody should hear? The demo version of Don’t Ask Me To Explain by Of Montreal
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