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Interview: Little Daylight

Joyce Jude Lee |
June 15, 2014 | 1:46 p.m. PDT


 Photo Credit Tim Saccenti
Photo Credit Tim Saccenti

Since seeing Little Daylight open for Bastille at the El Rey, the indie-pop band has continued to play shows, remix songs, and perform on programs like "Late Night with Seth Meyers," all while working on their debut album "Hello Memory." The indie-pop band was kind enough to answer some questions after their fantastic set at Governors Ball in New York City last weekend. 

Neon Tommy: How was it playing a festival in your hometown (NYC)? The tent was pretty packed!

Little Daylight:  Hometown shows are like stepping into A/C on a hot summer day. It’s a blast of “Ahhhhh!” And Governor’s Ball was about as cool as it gets. Yeah, the tent was freaking packed. Matt was trying to look at every part of the crowd to get them clapping along with “Overdose” and was basically squinting to see the people way out in the back. It was a surreal moment. The kind of shit you dream of when you start playing music as a kid.

NT: What is the genesis of Little Daylight?

LD: Pre-1975, before Phil Collins quit the band. Phil and Peter Gabriel together- what a band! That’s definitely Little Daylight's Genesis. 

NT: You guys are a Brooklyn band--does the geography influence your music at all? 

LD: We’re driving to Red Hook to get on a ferry to Governor’s Ball right now, so yeah, traffic in Brooklyn is pretty influential on parts of our music, especially how long it will take us to get there and get our gear set up. And yes, Brooklyn is so much a part of our life. We’re obsessed with coffee culture, and going out late, and taking down whole albums on a long subway ride, and biking around like crazy people, and playing basketball in the neighborhood and hanging with all the talented musician friends out here so yeah, Brooklyn is all over us and we’re all over it. 

NT: What's the song writing process like? How has it been making "Hello Memory"?

LD: We’re collaborative to the extreme. We run the band like a progressive socialist mini-state. Every idea gets passed through the collective filter and what comes out sounds like Little Daylight. Making the record was a blast. We did the writing and early arranging in a carriage house in Brooklyn last summer. Then in the fall we moved in to a great studio in Greenpoint called The End to record. It has been a wholly satisfying process and we feel that we made the album that represents where Little Daylight has come in the 1.5 years since we started. We can't wait for the world to hear it.

NT: Are there certain things that are on your music bucket lists (performance wise, production wise, any heroes you'd like to collab with/meet etc.)?

LD: Yes! In terms of touring, we can't wait to get to Europe. Playing Berghain in Berlin would be a dream. And we actually chatted about bucket list collaborations yesterday. Some people that came up were Robyn, Lindsey Buckingham, and Charli XCX.

NT: Are you guys still remixing songs? Could you tell us about that?

LD: Yes, we love remixing and try to do remixes whenever we have downtime from touring. We just recently did ones for Bastille and Broods, and those will be coming out soon. It's a great process for us, because we can stretch out and be a little more experimental than we are with the original songs.

NT: For the fans in California, when are you guys heading back?

LD: We'll be back this September for some festival and club dates. We can't wait! We're huge fans of California.

NT: What's next for Little Daylight?

LD: Lots and lots of touring once the album comes out, more remixes, and more writing!

NT: Describe your sound to people who have never heard your music + recommend three songs of yours they should listen to.

LD: Talking about music is like dancing about architecture, so probably best just to check out "Overdose", "Mona Lisa", and "Love Stories"!

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