The Internet On ‘Hive Mind’ & Their Recording Process | MTV News

The Internet On ‘Hive Mind’ & Their Recording Process | MTV News


– What’s up, I’m Gabby
Wilson for MTV news, and I’m here with The Internet. What’s up guys? – Hello. – What’s good. – That’s Syd, Steve Lacy,
Chris Smith, Patrick Page II, and Matt Martians. – Ooh. – You guys are getting back together after Ego Death came out, what, 2015? And you each had solo projects. Why did you guys want to get
back into the studio together and make something new? – Uh, we never broke up. When we first started
working on this album, we were all on different pages musically. So we were trying to make stuff. We were havin’ fun making stuff, but it just wasn’t it,
you know what I mean? So we realized, cause
Steve was already working on a solo album, Patrick had
already put out a solo EP. We were like, let’s just,
you know, let’s go on do our things, and then after
that we’ll get back to work. – Yeah, and what, did you
guys have a conversation at some point when you
decided to get back together? – No, it was just like, “Yo, I’m ’bout to get a studio for us.” (laughs) No, matter fact, cause
the first time we worked I think was in London. We had two weeks in London. We had a show and then we
did some press or something. And during those two weeks
we decided to get a studio just to see, just to vibe out, you know? See what happens. And that’s where we made
the first few instrumentals for the album. – [Gabby] What was that session like? Like how did it go? – It was fun, it was chill. I think I came late,
’cause I had something. Oh yeah, I went to see
my aunt or something. But yeah, when I got there
they had already started vibing on the first track on the album, actually. That’s where we started that one. – Is that “Roll”, or no, okay. So, album doesn’t start with ” Roll”. – [Syd] No, it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Almost. – [Patrick] It’s real early on though. Roll is early on in there. ♪ Listen to your heart ♪ ♪ Listen to your heart ♪ – Well “Roll” is the first
single off this album and it’s dope. I’m so excited. It’s just very striking, and very upbeat versus the kind of more
mellow vibe of Ego Death the last time that you
guys all got together. Talk to me about how
that song came together. Where were you guys? – Burbank. – [Patrick] We were in Burbank. (laughs) – I read in the liner notes
that you were in an Airbnb? – We wrote it in an Airbnb. – You wrote it in an Airbnb? We wrote the lyrics in an Airbnb– – Okay, set that scene for me. – In Agora Hills. Yeah, we did half studio, half Airbnb. It was a beautiful house, oh my God. There was a grape
vineyard in the backyard. – They had grapes and figs and stuff. And bunnies in the backyard. – Or bunnies. It was amazing. I set up, like I have a portable studio that me and Matt invested in. I set it up on their dining
room table basically. It’s like an open concept Very Moroccan, bohemian
decor in the house. I really love interior design. And set it up in the dining room area and we were just, we spent,
what, like five days there? – It was like five days. – Yeah, about five days. – Yeah, I think it was like
the last day or something. ‘Cause the first few days
we didn’t do anything but play laser tag. – Yo, the laser tag was crazy. (laughs) – Yeah, we played laser tag, Earl came through for a couple days, Amina came through for a day. We were just hanging
out for the most part. And then the last two days or something was when we really started
nailing down melodies and lyrics and stuff. – Is that typically how your writing and recording process goes? You kind of like, vibe for awhile and then the last couple
of whatever segment of time you guys have, then you like pop out? – Yeah, we don’t force anything. – I think it all varies. – You guys sample “Sing Sing,” which is like a beloved hip hop sample. How did that find its way onto the track? – It was in a, it was like, I have this whole folder that
I got from another friend who shall remain nameless (laughs) – LOL – And that was just one of the ones. Like, sometimes you know you
just go through different drum loops and I was
like, “Ooh, this is hard.” (“Sing Sing” by Gaz) And I started playin’ bass over it and then I was like, that
was one of my main concerns, too, from the beginning. I was like, damn. – Yeah, he was like,
“Are we good on this?” – I was like, “Shit, we
probably not gonna clear this.” – Are we gonna be able to clear it? – [Patrick] Yeah. – [Syd] I was like, it’ll be alright. – Well I love the video, too. It’s really exciting. What were initial conversations
about that treatment like? ‘Cause it’s pretty interesting. You start not really seeing any of you, and then there’s a reveal. – [Syd] Did we even have a treatment? I don’t think we even had a treatment. – [Steve] We didn’t have
a technical treatment. I was inspired by the Jackson 5 “Blame it on the Boogie” video and how simple it was, and how it really focused just on the band and the people in the song. – [Syd] And “September”
by Earth, Wind, and Fire. – [Steve] Yeah, so I think,
and of course Jamiroquai is a huge influence on us but they didn’t directly
influence any imagery, but just, I just always
loved how free they were in their videos. And how, like, it was just
about the music and him or the band, so. A lot of the stuff, the blanked out faces, was stuff that was added last second. – [Syd] The director’s idea. – [Steve] Yeah. – [Gabby] Got it, ’cause I
wondered if it was intentional. ‘Cause I remember, I think that like some of the first reactions
to the video were surprise that Steve was the lead on the track ’cause it’s like, oh, the longest time since
The Internet put out a track and instead of it being a
Syd led track, it’s Steve. I didn’t know if that was intentional. – It just happened. It’s just, that’s just
what sounded better. He came up with that melody, so the initial reference song
version is just him going, “Listen to your heart.” (laughs) And I was like, listen to your heart. Yeah, sing that. (laughs) – Translating. – Right, right. I heard you, I heard you. – I would say I think it’s
cool that we can do that. To have songs that, You know, we could have songs where Patrick is rapping or singing. And I think that’s the beauty of our band is like, anybody could be
that person on any given song. Now most of the album is definitely Syd, but there’s little glimmers of,
you know, you’ve got people. Like I said, Patrick’s
rapping on the album and he’s never rapped on any album before. – [Gabby] Yeah, does everybody
get to the mic on this album? – Matt does, everybody but Chris. – [Gabby] Why, come on, we love Loud. – He’s doing more production
on this album for sure. He’s handling a lot more
production and writing on this album than he has before. I think we all just exploring new things and trying to, you know,
definitely doing the solo albums is definitely giving us a lot
more confidence to step out, you know, into those
realms within the band. So, yeah. – [Gabby] Right, since doing
solo projects of your own, how do you think the dynamic shifted within your creative process as a band? – People are more sure of
themselves when they submit ideas as opposed to being like, “Ah, like, I don’t know
if this is gonna be good.” Cause when you put out a solo album and you get, you know, it’s scary because you think it’s gonna suck ’cause you don’t have
your band to back you up. You know what I’m saying? You don’t have the excuse
of, “Well it’s not just me.” You know what I’m saying? (laughs) But when it’s you, it’s like,
if it’s trash, you’re trash. So it’s like, you know, the
fact I think we put solo albums and they were received very well, I think it gave us some sort
of confidence to be like, okay, maybe this idea isn’t so crazy because it’s worked before, so yeah. – What are some specific
examples for you guys. Like, Chris was there a
moment that you felt like, “Oh maybe, like, two years
ago I wouldn’t have spoken up in this way but.” – Oh yeah, I didn’t speak up during the writing process of Ego Death. I just did what I normally do, and was like sitting back and was like, alright, that’s y’all job. (laughs) – [Gabby] And then how did
that change for this one? – Well, you know, I mean with that, with doing the solo
projects it was just like, I didn’t have, I didn’t ask
nobody to help me write. So I just started just shooting off ideas, and whatever sticks, sticks. And you leave it at that. And if it don’t stick, it don’t stick. That’s cool. – So it sounds like the creative process for making this album
took you guys kind of like all over the place. It doesn’t have roots in
any one particular place. Talk to me a little bit
about that creative process and how you tie all those
different strings together. – We were kind of traveling a lot in the beginning when
we were working on it, and so, matter of fact, we made like three new songs in Australia our last time in Australia. We were missing a vibe from the album. We didn’t know what,
but we booked a few days at this beautiful studio down
there called Golden Retriever and we just was kickin’ it and jammin’. Yeah, we made three new songs there. But, you know, it was just natural. Like, we kind of just, we were traveling, but we had to work on the album ’cause we knew we wanted it
out around the summertime. Just ’cause it feels
like that kind of vibe. It’s very like this. – Yeah, it’s very upbeat. I’ve only listened to like, “Come Over”, “La Di Da”,
and “It Gets Better”. But what I’ve been able to
glean from just those tracks is that it seems like it’s
gonna be much more upbeat than maybe like something
that we’ve heard from you guys in like the recent past. Would you say that that’s true
for the rest of the album? – We think so. I don’t know if the world will agree, but for us, it feels more energetic. – Definitely. – Yeah, intentionally we tried to like, that was Matt’s main thing,
was speeding up the tempo. – Why is that? – ‘Cause I would go to festivals, and I would notice the certain
tempos that casual fans would be more drawn to. ‘Cause I don’t think it’s necessarily compromising the sound. I think it’s a certain
tempo that you can hit that if somebody’s walking by your stage, they hear that tempo,
and if the beat’s okay they’re a little more attracted
to it than the normal BPMs. Our other songs, like you
said, they’re a lot more vibey, a lot more groovy. I say this album has a lot
more attitude with tempo. I’d say those two things mixed. So yeah, we just wanted to speed it up ’cause we wanted our shows
to have a lot more energy than they did. – [Gabby] Is that something
that excites you about being able to perform, too? – I think as a performer, you
have to be able to perform as if no one’s there. ‘Cause it’s your music. You have to enjoy it, you know? So we try to enjoy performing
our music, regardless. Just enjoy it with ourselves. We be in rehearsal like, “Ah.” Eyes closed. – How would you guys describe the sound of this album in particular? – First thing that comes
to my mind, personally, I say funk. – Funk, yeah. – Yeah. – It is a little funkier. It’s funkier than Ego Death, for sure. – It’s more mature. I think it’s more mature than Ego Death. I’d say this, I won’t
even say subject matter, but just all around it just
feels a lot more grown. – What ways were you challenging
yourselves on this album? I know that you’ve talked a
little bit about the funk sound and bringing different things
from the solo projects, but what, in what ways
do you feel like you grew individually from this project? – I’d say no features. I think that’s how we’ve grown. I think, we didn’t necessarily
depend on features ever but I think we would, to be safe, kind of, sort of a safety net
get people that people are familiar from to draw to a band that we felt like people weren’t
that familiar with before. And I feel like with this album, the challenge was doing it ourselves. So, I think that’s the biggest challenge was really just doing it ourselves and trusting that we
didn’t need extra people to really make people pay attention. – I mean, you have five solo artists. – Exactly. Yes. That’s what we were going for. – Well thank you guys so
much for coming through. I can’t wait to listen to the whole album. – Thanks for havin’ us. Appreciate it. (vibe music)

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