Wednesday, October 7, 2020

"I'll Be the Lakebed" - Dylan Gilbert

"I'll Be the Lakebed" is the 10-song album by Dylan Gilbert. He answered the following questions in October 2020...

(Album Cover by Amanda Johnson)

Hi Dylan. How did you make “I'll Be the Lakebed”

Fender Strat, Roland VT 2 & 3, Baby Grand Piano, Korg Volca Sample, Clarinet, GarageBand, and an iPhone7.
Justin Aswell helped with
additional production, mixing, and mastering with additional engineering by Greg Gilbert.

One Eyed Jacks or The Roadhouse?

The Roadhouse. The music is just too dreamy and Julee Cruise is a national treasure.


Was it easier to start “I'll Be the Lakebed” or complete it? 

It was much, much easier to start the album. For me that’s always the way, ideas can flow so naturally and effortlessly, but to get those ideas to a place where I feel comfortable sharing them is a challenge. It’s almost two different creative practices, one is about dreaming and one is organizational.

Slow Boat to China or Quick Bus to Chinatown?

I’ve taken a Quick Bus to Chinatown. In the middle of the first tour I did with Zach and John in 2010 we took a Chinatown Bus to and from NYC. I had two sprained ankles when we left NYC and the bus broke down somewhere in Maryland, so we partied all night with a camera crew from "TRL" until morning where we got a lift back to Norfolk and slept it off at this Army dude’s flooded apartment. 

What are you going to do next?

I’ve always been a planner, but 2020 has been a hard year to make plans in. Thankfully, a few exciting collaborations and projects are starting to find inspiration again, so I’ve got those to look forward to. I’d like to spend the better part of the next year answering that question for myself. I know I want to write, but I’m still dreaming right now.

(Photo by Jordan Parker Hoban)

"Blowin’ in the Wind" or "Idiot Wind"?

Idiot Wind”. It’s a mean song, but "Blood on the Tracks" is my favorite Dylan record. 

What’s an old email address that you don’t use anymore? Why did you stop using it?

I’m that person who still has access to every email account I’ve ever had. Except, I think I’m locked out of my Queens University email.

"Revolution 1" or "Revolution 9"?

I hear there’s a version of both mashed together. That would be my pick. “Revolution 9” is so underrated.

What is something that you would like to say to the you of five years from now?

Are you getting enough rest?

What's some stuff people should check out?

Green (album) by Hiroshi Yoshimura,
Through the Looking Glass (album) by Midori Takada, Steve Lacey (single/mini album) by DJHaych4Now, Fly (album) by Yoko Ono, Super Body Games RPG (video game album) by Body Games, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (album) by Thelonious Monk

Babbling Corpse
(book) by Grafton Tanner

Avatar: The Last Airbender (cartoon television show), Red Dwarf (bbc television show)

art | tea (podcast) by Sarah Ingel, Kicking it with Titus and Cooley (podcast)

Malcolm X (film) by Spike Lee, Ewoks 3: Endor’s Game (made for TV movie) by George Lucas, Let the Fire Burn (documentary) by Jason Osder, The unaired original pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

(Photo by Sarah Ingel)

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