Our Exclusive Chat With Future Thieves
The future is looking pretty bring for Future Thieves! The band’s upcoming EP, Emotional Cost, is coming out on October 25th and they are currently on tour to support it. We got to chat with lead singer Elliot, on it all.
What was the recording process like for your new EP?
The actual recording process for the EP took place in the same spot where we wrote the whole thing. We did it at my home studio outside of Nashville. We have a pretty simple, but effective process where we’re able to get a really good drum take and start building from there. It’s also super fun to do it at my house because we’re able to just do whatever we want for as long as we want to do it with no rules or restraints.
Do you have a set songwriting structure?
When it comes to the songwriting for this latest project, we just did exactly what we did with the last one. We get in the same room and sort of talk about a direction and then just start messing with instruments. A lot of this EP was actually inspired by some sounds we were getting out of this old rotary organ that was given to us by an older lady for free. It ended up making it on quite a bit of the recordings. We just start building ideas until I can come up with a melody that will lead the song down the right path. We try not to get too technical but also keep a good structure.
How have you evolved since your last release?
I think we’ve definitely evolved in a few ways since the last release. Before we started working on this new EP, we got together and just said “hey, let’s just get super real and in your face with these new songs.” As in trying to do as much analog work as possible, and keep a good, organic feel going. That’s what ended up happening. We just kept it simple, honest, and natural.
How did you meet longtime producer Alex Jarvis?
We met Alex through an old manager actually. We were putting together our first record, Horizon Lin,e and wanted someone to come in on the back end of it and kind of help us clean it up. We ended up doing vocals and some piano with him and he mixed the whole thing. After that we never looked back. Jarvis became our new best friend. To this day he remains one of the closest people in my life and I can’t thank him enough for his true passion and love for music.
How do you manage to stay friends while in a band?
Ha! Well we stay friends because we were friends before we were ever in a band. We do this because we love it. We can also look past any arguing because we know it comes from caring.
You’re currently on tour. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Our new thing to do before a show is to firmly shake each other’s hands as if we’re at some Governors’ benefit or something ha.
Are you able to get in some sightseeing while on tour? What are your favorite places to visit?
To be honest, we hardly have any time at all to do any sightseeing. Sometimes we get lucky with a day off. We get to go out West in October and November, which is one of my favorite parts of the country.
Who are your dream collaborators?
We love hip-hop, so I think it would be cool to do something with someone like The Roots or something where we could sink into a groove and just FLOW.