Artist Interviews #007: Mad Seedling x Fred Paci
Mad Seedling and Fred Paci's latest EP "Night Light" was released on May 18 under Chill Moon Music. 3 songs from the EP have been added to the Spotify Editorial Playlist "Moonlight Beats"! We interviewed Mad Seedling and Fred Paci about both themselves and their latest release. You can read the information about the artists, the inspirations of the artists and the story of the beat in the continuation of this article.
When and how did you start making lofi beats?
Mad Seedling: I started producing in late 2018. I was playing bass in a local rock band called Cobalt Crescent. We went into a studio, 414 Recordings, to bang out an EP of original music, and I was super inspired by the producer there, Eddie Lucciola. Watching his prowess with production opened my eyes to a whole side of music I had never explored. I went home and started learning StudioOne after our first session. Initially I was making downtempo music that was hard to genrify. I discovered Lofi music through a YouTube video - LeMellotron and their SP404 live performances, particularly the one featuring Tajima Hal. I was blown away by his music and the simplicity of the loops. I love music that gives a vibe. Beauty for the sake of it. Lofi is definitely perfect for that.
Fred Paci: Last year around spring time, I started listening to lofi music to help me relax. I fell in love with the genre, as it encompasses so many different styles. It dawned on me that I could probably make some lofi myself and...
What inspires you the most?
Mad Seedling: Listening to other beatmakers. I listen to music a lot, probably 4-5 hours a day of critical listening. I have a little hifi setup at home where I pretend to be an audiophile. When I hear a beat I like, it makes me want to pick up the computer and pump out a new tune of my own, or add it to my 404 setlist for live shows and play around with it. I try to make a new beat every day.
Fred Paci: Connecting with creatives around the world and making music together has been an absolute revelation for me. It's definitely an exciting part of making lofi. The friendships, connections, and experience I've gotten out of this are priceless.
If you could go back in time, what year would you like to go to and what would you like to be able to tell yourself?
Mad Seedling: I'd love to return to 2009 and urge myself to start making beats way sooner. Get a production laptop. Install a DAW. Just start absorbing it all. I wish I had started sooner!
Fred Paci: I would like to go back to the late 90's when I fist started screwing around with music programs (like... reeeallllly basic music notation programs) and tell myself to get over my fear of not being good enough. I'd tell myself to create, and not to worry about what everyone around me is doing. I'd tell myself to get off my butt and put in some serious work! Also, I'd tell myself to invest in crypto and Google... lol
What is the story of "Night Light (EP)"?
Mad Seedling: Night Light is a collab between myself and fellow Canadian trumpet player Fred Paci. We both love Lofi and wanted to make a whole album together of pure lofi beats with his amazing trumpet playing. I used to sleep with a night light on as a kid, as I was really afraid of the dark. Now, no longer afraid of the dark, but I spend a lot of time late at night listening to music with nothing but the glow of my laptop or Fiio M11 lighting up the room. So I have a different kind of Night Light now. This is a tribute to all those night owls, up late, being creative and working on the next big thing.
Fred Paci: This EP was born from the desire for me and Lou (Mad Seedling) to create a small body of work that grooves, mellows you out, and also incorporates both our musical styles. I wanted to really explore the different sound design using my trumpet, and come up with jazzy/loungey horn lines on a dreamy soundscape, which Lou laid down so well.
What is the main emotion you feel in "Night Light (EP)"?
Mad Seedling: Night Light really seems to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. It's laid back and chill but also comforting in a familiar way.
Fred Paci: We decided to call the EP 'Night Light' because of the general nostalgic calmness and because of the feeling of wonder and innocence coming from the melodies & improvisations. For optimal listening experience, listen to these tracks while staring out your bedroom window into the wondrous moonlit night :-)
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