Seagate Creative: What inspires you – or what is it that you find you draw inspiration from?
The Locust: I think I draw inspiration from areas that normally would not be considered inspiration. The ideas I stumble upon are just about anything from the world, which I live in, to how my mind works, partially due to that world.
Recently I figured out how to whistle vibrato and have been tracking whistling tracks for a film score I am working on. The whistling came from singing and me whistling to my dog, to reading an interview about Sir Paul McCartney discuss whistling on a recent recording he did.
Seagate Creative: Do you have a particular ritual you follow in order to become inspired?
The Locust: Yes, NPR.
Seagate Creative: Who inspires you? Is there someone you can think of that has influenced you in a particular way?
The Locust: Artists who have had no proper education typically influence me. Artists who push boundaries, for lack of a better explanation, also influence me. As far as naming people, I would say any of the following Diamanda Galas, Mike Patton, John Lydon, WT Nelson, Ichirou Agata, etc.
Seagate Creative: How do you decide if an idea’s worth pursuing?
The Locust: It’s as simple as just liking it.
Seagate Creative: Do The Locusts have a process for collaborating on the songwriting process?
The Locust: Depends on the project, album, and players. But I tend to always work as equals with my comrades.
Seagate Creative: Walk us through your process for recording in the studio?
The Locust: Studio stuff all depends on what the project is. I have done anything from complete analog sessions, to all digital stuff where I have never even met the others who are involved. But the processes are constantly evolving and I am constantly learning.
Seagate Creative: Do you have any rules while in the studio? Anything that’s “forbidden?”
The Locust: As far as rules, I suppose honestly would be the main thing. I suppose forbidden stuff would be anything from being an asshole and letting egos get in the way.
Seagate Creative: When making your last record, did you encounter any creative blocks?
The Locust: Not really. I think forcing stuff is probably the worst idea. If it sucks, stop.
Seagate Creative: Which piece of gear is your favorite for sparking creativity?
The Locust: My bass and my Schuman PLL.
Seagate Creative: What do you love about it?
The Locust: I like the bass because it’s just an instrument that fits and plays perfect for what I try to do. The PLL because it’s just an amazing piece of gear.
SeagateCreative: How has your choice of gear evolved since you first started in music?
The Locust: I learned more about equipment and got better at what I was doing.
Seagate Creative: When you look for a collaborator to help on a project, what kind of person do you look for?
The Locust: I try to always work with artists who have soul.
Seagate Creative: During the recording process, what’s a telltale sign that you’ve created something special?
The Locust: I guess when it’s something that I am proud of and think it’s the best that I could have done.
Seagate Creative: What role does storage play in your creative work?
The Locust: Storing sessions, transferring material from computers, or when traveling. Also as a means of backing up what is on a computer.