Mar 7th 2017 by mangelakos • 39 Questions • 103 Points
Honestly, the samples usually tell the story. Was really into Mary O'hara, listening to lots of Irish folk music. But I had been making a lot Passion Pit material. I hadn't sampled anything that heavily before. But I realized I had a song that was kind of doing what that song was doing already (melodically).
In the end, I finished it in less than 2 hours... And the sound in the beginning was an accident -- had some plugin turned on accidentally that reversed the whole song and this one drum loop.
It's always the stuff that isn't perfect.
Hey dude. What would be on your version of the best burrito ever?
I go carnitas. And I go pretty simple.
That's a loaded one. I'll try to get back to this. I also don't know who to really... talk through songs, they're really emotional time capsules. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. I've got you though, I'll try to get back to you. xo
How would you feel if Trump's secretly a big fan of your works? LOLLL
oh, god... well, maybe i could make him feel something, but i highly doubt it. let's be real. so, really, nothing.
Basically. We're really into classifying stuff, aren't we?
Are there still plans to repress old records like gossamer and manners?
Thanks for the sweet jams, Noah
Yes! This is a grueling process, i promise you that vinyl is very important to me and I think the price points on this stuff is just criminal. I am working really hard with some people to do this right.
You responded to my retweet about you not getting paid for a concert you held in Manila a while back. I just lazily typed "awkward" and you responded "¯_(ツ)_/¯ tell me about it." I just had to let you know, that had me feeling pretty cool.
Besides not getting paid to play in Manila (which is terrible and inexcusable), what did you like about the Philippines? Did you get to travel around at all? The magic lies outside the city for sure! Hope you got paid man, your music is the common ground between mine and my girlfriend's taste in music, so thanks for being the glue that keeps us together on road trips!
everyone was very nice. the crowd was amazing. sometimes stuff happens. my point was, the people who haven't paid me could have just been kind about it. but then, all of this happened, and this was ABSOLUTELY INSANE TO WATCH. but people lie, and most people immediately assume an artist lies, but what's really frightening is when an artist is spot-on and telling the truth. it scares the hell out of people. as to why, that is the main point of all of that. i'm probably not going to get paid. but in a way, i don't even have to. money is a stupid energy. i am just a guy. underestimation is a weapon.
Hey Michael. You're my favorite band. I love your music. My question is: How are you doing? Since Gossamer (one of my favorite albums by the way) you've seemed to be doing much better.
somedays great, somedays not so great. just like anyone else. the harder i work the happier i am.
What is this mystery song and where/when is it from? I've had it on my computer for over 5 years and I'm not sure where I got it. But it was listed under 'Chunk of Change'. I listen to it constantly.
Thanks for being here and your music has changed my life, luv ya bud.
Oh, that was a theme song for my friends who had this comedy troupe called Zebro. That was pre-Ableton!
I'm sure you hear this from a lot of people, but I just want to start by saying how much your music means to me. I've been struggling with anxiety and depression for years now, and your music really spoke to me more than any other artists. What you do is very inspiring, the way you can portray how you--and so many other people--feel through music, and the way you can push on and remain positive, it's just inspiring. People like you keep people like me going, so thank you for that.
Apologies for the long intro, on to my question: How do you take all your feelings/thoughts and use them to create coherent lyrics and music? I've always tried writing songs but I always have so many thoughts and feelings popping into my head at once that it's impossible to create anything meaningful or understandable. Additionally, what is your writing process?You seem to do a great job of creating vibrant instrumentals which contrast somewhat darker lyrics, is that always the intent or does it just seem to happen?
Thank you so much for doing this ama! It really means a lot to me and everyone else, I'm excited to read your responses!
How do you take all your feelings/thoughts and use them to create coherent lyrics and music? I have no idea, I think it's from working a lot. It takes practice. It takes a long time to make sense of what you're doing. And in the process, you sometimes don't know what you're doing. Actually, most of the time. And that's because you're in it. And that's kind of what it's all about.
My writing process is insane. No one understands it until they're around me for awhile. It's a very weird thing, it evolves, and it's just... it's like your personality -- you accept it, and you take constructive criticism because people who believe in what you're doing they're just trying to help. But in the end you just do whatever you have to do.
The dichotomy you're talking about is literally the point of passion pit. Feelings are complex, they are not happy or sad, etc. They don't sound or look like what they are. It's basically, to me, ideology.
Hey, Micheal.. wanna ask what's your favorite song to perform live??
man, we did cuddle fuddle, all live, in nyc... that was really fun. and we never do it. ever. i think that's essentially the model. deprive yourself of joy. hahahaha. ridiculous, we should really play it more.
I never really listened to much music until a friend sent me a link to some of your music and I fell in love with it.
Just one question, dogs or cats?
Cats. Dogs are cool. Cats are just...emotionally way more tapped in then ANYONE gives them credit for.
I actually just started messing around with a free demo of Ableton recently since I saw a tweet you posted about using it! (I have no musical experience and cannot sing but it's quite fun since there's no pressure!)
also, i am making the songs the night before i release them. so if that tells you anything...
was in a fashion class, studying the 50's, was the name used, in slang, referring to drive-in movie theaters. i passed a note to my friend, and was like, "band name?" and she wrote back "no."
Michael! Youre amazing. Boston loves you! My dad just discovered Manners and is completely obsessed. He tells me what he loves about every song on the album.
Do you have a specific album(s) (of any time any genre any band) that you put on repeat and never get sick of?
Nat King Cole's collection The Nat King Cole Story in Stereo has been hitting me hard.
Hey, In 2015, the Big Guava Music Festival had a little thing on Instagram where if someone commented why they wanted to go to the fest, they would pick one person's comment to get free tix to the show/fest. At the time (more then/still a bit now) i was going through a rough patch and at the time your music had a pretty profound and helpful impact on me, so i wrote a pretty long thing about this and they gave me the tickets, so thanks for giving me that opportunity to see my favorite show to this day. I don't really have a great question on mind but here's one to fill in the space.
- As a sound guy/designer in musical theatre, what is the oddest interaction you've had with a sound guy/girl at one of your shows? (if you've had any)
Thanks for making them funky ass tunes!
ha i feel like MY LIFE has been, actually, learning to admire and love sound guys/girls. really, there is the band, then there's the crew. the crew is the band too. really, love your crew. take care of your crew. sometimes i didn't, sometimes i did. there was never a real personal reason if i didn't, but i can tell you right now, a pp show is super hard, and we are nothing without hardworking, super-talented crew members.
I got to see you at Bottlerock in 2015 and recorded nearly the whole show on my phone for my lil sis who couldn't make it. Ever consider coming to Portland so we can experience your music together this time? :)
portland always fun. yes
Huge fan, currently in my last semester of college and have been listening since freshman year of highschool! Music is one of (if not the) most important thing in my life. Who are the bands/artists you listened to that made you realize your passion for music? Thank you for everything you've done and given us
damon albarn from blur is a hero, that's for sure.
Hey Michael! "My Brother Taught Me How to Swim" means the absolute world to me because my brother has gotten me through a lot with depression, aspergers, bipolar, etc. So I just wanted to know more about how he's helped you, and what he's done to inspire you to write the song. Also how do you/did you repay him? I often question this because my brother is my world, and I wouldn't be alive today without him and with that being said, I feel like he needs something in return.
my brother is a message. he is an enormously important person. like many people, he doesn't feel important. and so i wrote a song about him. it doesn't really mean much, but it does to me, and maybe it did to him. he's a wonderful guy, i love him very much.