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Ever since Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins met, they' ve talked about It was cool to say "hi" since we were both from the same town. Watkins and Foreman met at a communal concert in , and "Because Nickel Creek and Switchfoot are both hard working, touring acts, we. Jon Foreman told Christianity Today how the two singer/songwriters had met up: "Nickel Creek and Switchfoot were on the same bill at a street.
This is the vehicle to get there, both in the studio and live. How different is the dynamic of recording as a duo versus your respective solo stuff? When you're by yourself, there's not a sparring partner. Sean would take the songs to places I wouldn't.
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It's allowed both people to be very artistic and free, but while keeping each other in check too. We know how to balance. Both of us have both of those sides, and we can switch. When one of us is being one way, the other one can balance it out.
Did you try to avoid the whole "Switchfoot meets Nickel Creek" tag?Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek Playin with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot
We didn't really set out aiming for anything or avoiding anything. For all we knew, fifty people were going to buy it, so there was no need to worry about what it would be.
Our aim is trying to do something new, and since there were no stakes, it could be completely whatever we wanted to. Given Switchfoot's popularity with both mainstream and Christian audiences, how will this material translate to both? I don't think either of those words exist in the way many people think they do. I'm a believer, but I think that the boxes that are commonly put on Christendom by the post-modern world can be really destructive to the way we produce art and produce love to those around us.
Your recent solo EPs quote Scripture much more than typical Switchfoot fare. How have non-Christian fans reacted to the more overtly spiritual songs? I think in [believers'] heads, it feels like a real great divide, but I don't feel like the rest of the world sees that. If you're a jerk, it doesn't matter how you're singing or what your faith. But for this album, it felt like an exploration of a fictional world. Sean, considering Nickel Creek is primarily known with the mainstream crowd, how might this project widen your audience with Christian music listeners?
If you're a songwriter, you're gonna write about the different parts of your life. I totally agree with all of what Jon said. After we met, we talked about collaborating since we live close to each other.
We didn't follow up for a while just because we were each so busy, but then we ran into each other at a coffee shop, made some plans and this time we followed through with it. Getting into the new album a bit, I love the crazy sounds at the end of "Please Don't Call It Love" and there seems to be a bit of it at the end of "We Ride" as well. What did you use for that? It reminded me of that frequency gadget that's on top of the Largo piano. Yeah, I guess it does kinda sound like that.
Well, the end of "Please Don't Call It Love" is just me in my garage with my pump organ and electric guitar with a spring reverb and bass.
And then the end of "We Ride" is sort of a box that has filters and echoes—you just twist knobs and it makes it sound dismantled. All those sounds are from the recording, though, so nothing's synthesized. It's just taking sounds from the actual track and twisting them around. In one of the songs it sounded like you're playing a sitar, and I couldn't figure out if it was an actual sitar or if you were just taking a guitar and doing some crazy stuff to it.
That's on "Throw It Away," and it's actually just a crazy buzz that happened that made it sound like a sitar, but it's not.
You've performed "Not Sure" a number of times at Largo over the last year or two. What made it such a perfect fit for this album rather than one of your solo projects? It just came around at the right time. I played it for Jon and he really liked it. Usually this kind of thing just ends up being whatever songs you're working on at the time.
You've mentioned in previous interviews that in writing the songs for this album, you'd each start a song, then send it to the other for input. What did Jon's input add to your music, and what do you think you brought to his?
Well, we have a lot in common when it comes to the music we listen to, but there's also a lot that we're individually into that the other's not aware of, and so some ideas came out of that. Somebody else is always going to do something to the song that you wouldn't have ever thought to do. That's the beauty of a collaboration. What software did you use to record as you were on the road and sending files back and forth?
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Sometimes it'd be GarageBand here and there for a demo, but it was mostly Pro Tools. Given that this album was really three years in the making with all the sending the files back and forth, how did you know when a song was done?
You can kind of just tell it's good. A lot of them sat 95 percent done for a long time and then at the very end, right when we realized it was going to be a real record, we finished things off and polished them up. Having a timeline helped us out a lot and we shored up what needed to be done.
But along the way there was a lot of tinkering.
You and Jon play nearly all the instruments on the record—you alone play bass, piano, steel guitar, baritone uke, mandolin, string and more.
Did you decide learn any new instruments during this process? I didn't, but there are times when you get an instrument you're not familiar with and you just sort of figure it out.
Fiction Family: Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins make music
When you're alone in the studio, you can figure stuff out. I'm not a very good piano player, but if I have time, I can figure out how to play. Fiction Family Touring Band With all these instruments, do you ever do any looping during live shows? For the tour, we have a bass player and drummer. It's actually a really cool band.
And one of them, drummer Aaron Redfield, played on one of the songs from the record, right? Yeah, he played on "I'm Not Sure. The music video for the first single, "When She's Near," looks like it was a blast to film. When the average music listener discovers Switchfootthey are unlikely to realize the incredible treasure hunt they're becoming a part of.
Unsurprisingly perhaps given the sheer volume of music he releases, Jon Foreman has been known to go through periods of time writing a song every single day. In their initial days of life, the songs might not be immediately pinned down to one of his musical canvasses. Long before they're recorded into a permanent studio state for one of his three acts, many of Jon Foreman's songs' first home is quite different: Fan recordings and phone videos of these performances quietly spread across YouTube, often providing a breadcrumb trail to see how a song develops over the years.
Many tracks previously only presented in that raw setting finally found a home this summer through The Wonderlands, Jon Foreman's four EP epic of light and dark. But for the die-hard listeners, the aftershow attendees and the internet junkies, there are still a few favorites that continue to exist in limbo. Only time will tell whether or not these songs will be officially recorded in years to come, but for now, here are my personal picks for the five best Jon Foreman songs that have yet to be officially recorded.
Well all that's true, thought I was running from You, turns out I was running from me. The song itself is musically in the tradition of Jon Foreman classic "Resurrect Me," although "Running From Me" features more unapologetically on-edge lyrics.