You have such a distinctive sounding voice. Did you ever go through a period where you felt self-conscious about singing?
Yeah, up until today. It’s such a weird, unnatural way to sing because you’re essentially in your superhead. It’s not a falsetto because your vocal chords are apart and superhead your vocal chords are together. I’m singing night after night, 45 minutes to an hour and it becomes very difficult, and it’s going to draw criticism because it’s a little different. It’s probably the most divisive element of our music and I think it’s also the element that maybe made this band stick out a bit more. I don’t sing like that. I wish I could sing in my regular register, but I just happened to sing this way and it worked. I always struggle with it. I really do. But what I just started doing recently is I’m not playing keyboards anymore; I just sing, which is a huge step, and we just did it at the last two shows. We debuted it at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk and we did it in Germany at the Mel Festival and the difference in terms of my performance, vocal performance, and just the way the crowd reacts, it’s a whole other show and we just won’t go back. It’s the best feeling thing in the world. It just improved my vocal performance because I can let loose and focus on it and even when my voice is deteriorating because I’m so tired of touring it’s far more likely that I’ll hit all the notes if I’m just singing now.
Also, it’s so much more physically involved.
Yeah, and it’s on its own. When I record I layer it 18 to 20 times. The recording is just layer and layer and layer of vocal, and live it’s one singular voice, which is just really hard to keep up. But now it’s a lot more fun, a lot easier, and I think we’re going to stick with it.
I want to step back for one second before you go ahead on that first EP. What kinds of music were you making before Passion Pit. Did you have other projects, were you working on other kinds of music?
Yeah. I mean, I was always leading bands, and if it was solo projects it was like folk or slowcore. I did a fairly straightforward indie-pop project when I was a junior in high school. I was in a ska band when I was in 8th grade. It’s the best thing though because I learned all about how to arrange with a band of very unruly people and I think it’s still paying off. All of the bands that I’ve been in would have 6-8 songs and we would have a one-off show, and then I’d quit. And I’d say no more. And then I can’t remember the songs, I don’t know what it’s called. I have the shortest attention span of anyone I know, and the fact that this band has been around for as long as it has, is insane. My family especially just cannot believe that I’ve stuck with it for so long. And really it’s just a therapy thing. It’s just extremely therapeutic to be like, “I’m going to work through this, I’m going to make this happen.” But this whole project has been a giant therapy session, really.
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