Nashville-based electronic trio Basecamp will play Toronto’s The Rivoli on December 4th (with support from Blitz/Berlin, Morakoza, and Jason Neyra). Ahead of the show, A Music Blog, Yea? gave the band’s Aaron Miller a call to discuss their forthcoming EP, electronic vibes, winter weather, and playing Halo. Enjoy!
AMBY: You soon release your self-titled EP, congrats! What was the experience like recording it?
Basecamp: It was interesting. We weren’t trying to make an EP at the time, but were occasionally writing. We didn’t really know what we were doing since we were just writing for fun, so it was a long process but a fun one.
AMBY: Did you have any highlights from that experience?
Basecamp: [speaks away from phone] Any highlights, guys? I’m polling the rest of the band… There was one day on our first EP where we dragged the microphone into the garage and started banging on doors and walls.
AMBY: Did that noise make its way onto a song?
Basecamp: It did, yea [laughs].
AMBY: Which one?
Basecamp: It’s all in the background of 2 Thingz.
AMBY: For the upcoming EP, is it based around the electronic and R&B grooves that have been displayed in past releases?
Basecamp: I think it’s an evolution from the first EP; I feel that it’s close enough for people who liked the first EP to like this EP, but it’s definitely different. We did a lot of things differently on this EP and we’re all really happy with it.
AMBY: When can fans expect to hear the entire release?
Basecamp: We put out Shudder a few months ago and it kind of served as a standalone single. We’re going to try to start and roll out some singles and get the EP out early next year, I believe. We’re trying to get our release strategy together.
AMBY: After listening to your music, I definitely feel some James Blake and SBTRKT vibes going on. Which other electronic artists/artists you take influence from would you recommend our readers check out?
Basecamp: That’s a really good question and as soon as you asked me, my brain shut off.
AMBY and Basecamp: [laughs]
Basecamp: We’ve been listening to a lot of… Sorry, the guys in the background are trying to throw out a bunch of really terrible things. We’ve been listening to a lot of really random stuff that doesn’t sound anything like what we’re doing.
AMBY: You soon play a show in Toronto on December 4th. Do you plan on doing anything touristy while in town?
Basecamp: Last time we came up to Toronto, we had two days off in between shows and had a good chunk of the touristy stuff out of our system. We’ll probably do something mildly touristy this time around.
AMBY: Whatever you end up doing, be sure to bring a massive winter jacket.
Basecamp: Oh yea? How cold is it up there?
AMBY: Cold enough.
Basecamp: [laughs] It’s the same down here.
AMBY: When it comes to packing for a tour or show away from home, what are some quintessential items you must have with you?
Basecamp: This tour, it’s going to be a lot of thermals and as many layers as possible!
AMBY: What are some things you like to do for fun when you aren’t making music?
Basecamp: The other two guys are real big on Halo. Other than that… I think that’s the main thing right now. Halo [laughs].
AMBY: To wrap things up, what’s the best part of being in Basecamp?
Basecamp: Playing cool shit in cool places. The coolest part of being in a band has probably been coming up to Canada – we’ve probably played more shows in Canada than in the US.
Thank you Basecamp, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout