SLUG: What’s next for you after the third EP and the end of the fall tour?
Smith: I want to make a record where I don’t use any vinyl samples, but I’m able to maintain the style and the sound that I’ve developed. I’m anticipating it being a very difficult and sort of involved process. The reason I go to old vinyl to get the sounds for my production is because I want that old school, warm sound that could only be created with the technology at the time. Right now I’m building this studio where everything in it existed before the ‘70s. I’m investing in a lot of old school, vintage mics, reel to reels, tape machines, old school instruments, pre-amps … The idea is that I’ll play a lot of the instruments but also work with a lot of musicians and record it and create it in a way where it hopefully still has the sound and the timbre and the warmth of the music created forty, fifty years ago. Right now I’m building the studio and getting the technology. I have a grandiose vision of it all coming together and happening, but I realize it’s going to be a massive undertaking. I’m definitely looking forward to it because it’s going to be such a challenge.
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