10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.
For this edition, we link back up with Rhythm Lab Records as their 9 track digital compilation ‘Sonic Synthesis’ drops! The record celebrates the openly collaborative space that the label have carefully curated in Manchester over the past six months, featuring a total of 8 different artists specifically brought together to collaborate on individual tracks. Having already sat down with CURRENTMOODGIRL x Yelena Lashimba and Sindysman/China Lilly x Micco/Elias, it’s now the turn of Callum Hultquist and LINTD, who’s exquisite track ‘U ‘n’ I’ acts as the album’s bonus track. A smutty but intimate electronic folk ballad, we dive further into the artists and ideas behind it…
Hi both! We’re absolutely digging your track ‘U ‘n’ I’. Can you tell us a bit more about the ideas behind it?
LINTD: “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” More importantly than that though our verse is about sex.
CH: The lyrics for both parts blended as the writing went along – mine explored joint personal experience with regards to peaks, troughs and the marks they leave in their wake. I feel LINTD reflected this more intimately within their verse.
How did you find working together? What do you get the most out of collaboration?
LINTD: Working with Callum was delightful. We’ve still never met but it was lovely working so smoothly remotely. It was a great lesson to learn that we didn’t even have to be in the same room to make a song like that. There’s already nothing like it. When we meet in person the music we make will be an unholy abomination. We can hardly wait.
CH: The process was effortless; there is always an open playing field for each other’s energy and following the nose of the endeavour always delivers. Can’t wait for the next expression of this dance!
How was the writing process? Did you have other collaborators, mentors or friends to bounce ideas off along the way?
LINTD: It was mostly us. Once we heard the instrumental it was like the verse was already written. It took very little for it to pour out of me; sent it back to Callum and the rest is history.
CH: LINTD sums it up well. I’ll usually send them a snippet and they’ll write, or I’ll vibe off of a verse they have created. The formula works!
What artists were you listening to a lot while making the release?
LINTD: We remember a lot of Tisakorean, there’s an American rapper named GG who we listen to a lot as well.
CH: José Gonzalez was in the back of my mind a lot for this (particularly for the guitar), but a lot of electronic artists, such as Skee Mask, came in too.
What do you get most excited about ahead of a release? Anything that scares you?
LINTD: Sometimes we fear that people may not yet be ready for us, but we can’t stop ourselves from loving them, so they get the music regardless. It’s exciting when even one person is ready, they will lead the rest there.
CH: Reception is a significant aspect of pre-release tension- you can only do so much before you let go of a track into a public forum. But that’s also the exciting bit – people will always surprise you.
After what’s been a fairly monotonous year, where have you been finding your inspiration for writing music from, if anywhere?
LINTD: LINTD has their own world, monotony is Iyun’s problem.
CH: Inspiration is everywhere. Discerning it within your surroundings is the challenge.
How have you found working closely with a label? What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt from Rhythm Lab Records?
LINTD: We love Rhythm Lab. The biggest lesson is that it’s worth waiting until there’s an offer that serves you on the table. It can be harder for some to wait than others, but if you can, please do. Someone will find you. The offer you need is already bumping your tracks without your knowledge.
CH: It’s been an excellent experience of signing with a professional label. They should be proud of how they have made this experience possible for us – thanks Rhythm Lab Records!
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
LINTD: Tisakorean or Key! Prince is already dead.
CH: Anyone with a working Mellotron…
What’s one thing people may not know about you as a musician?
LINTD: I hear my music in my nightmares sometimes. It still slaps.
CH: I can play a sitar, very very badly.
What’s next for you?
LINTD: A lot of enticing things are coming. We trust our audience to be prepared for the temptation. Watch out for ‘Gomid’ – you will know what to do when you see them.
CH: Also look out for further collaboration and release from the both of us – we are far from finished. Also come and say hello in Duke Street Tattoo, Chelmsford. I’ll make you a cup of tea.
‘Sonic Synthesis’ is out today! Stream/buy below: