Gaia, you’ve never met John in real life, how does that work?
Very well actually! It has kind of become part of our creative process now to just exchange ideas online and not to know each other in real life. I think it has taken our creative process to heights that maybe we wouldn’t have reached if we had met. There is also a mysterious aura that surrounds somebody you’ve only met online which I think is kinda cool and leaves a lot of room for your imagination, which personally also fuels my creative process when we create songs together.
John, you’ve never met Gaia in real life, how does that work?
Everything just fitted together effortlessly with us. Our method of work is as smooth as a baby’s behind. To me, it’s a sign from the Universe that you’re exactly with who you need to be. I love her sense of humour, commitment, voice and she’s a fast-paced and skilled lyricist. Sometimes we sound like two kids in an audio kindergarten. I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am that she found me online. A true gift from the cloud.
Gaia, what is your favourite song in the album?
I have two and I can’t choose between them! I absolutely love ‘White rabbits and motorcycles’ and ‘The colours of Love’. Probably because it was so therapeutic writing them and because they’re really personal. I can pinpoint exactly who and what inspired me these songs. I let go of a lot of things I needed to let go of just writing these two songs so they mean something very special to me.
John, what is your favourite song in the album?
All of them have elements I simply adore.
Gaia, in the duo, you’re usually the one writing lyrics, where do you find inspiration?
John’s funny expressions [laughing] like ‘floating in a pool of honey’ for example was something John said in an email and as soon as I heard it, I knew we had to use it in one of our songs! Later on when I was working on ‘The noble art of taming unicorns’, it fitted perfectly in the chorus. Also, when John sends me instrumentals, they always have a title and it really fuels my inspiration. It worked especially well for ‘The noble art of taming unicorns’. As soon as I read it, it resonated in me so much and I thought it would be a great metaphor for the art of being happy; this inspired the whole song. ‘The noble art of taming unicorns’ is about how being happy is truly an art and I think it requires a certain discipline not to let your own negative thoughts drag you down. It’s also about how I genuinely think, ultimately, everybody is just trying to be happy. We all have different ways to go about it and sometimes this rat race for happiness makes you do crazy things. I love this quote from Elbert Hubbard that says ‘Happiness is a habit’. I do think it is true, one good thought at a time.
John, you’re composing all the music in the duo, where do you find inspiration?
I feel like I have inspiration built in and it’s easy for me to write music. I really don’t have a method I can express in words. I lay down some drums, and I swear… I can almost hear what I will do, and then just do it. One thing I can say is that it is a true blessing that Gaia can infer these short-stories from a single sentence, which I find amazing. That, along with her organisation and amazing vocal skills, really make our songs what they are and built at light-speed. Our Project was born from one of those rare moments where two human beings meet out of almost sheer randomness and the empathy is so fluid and natural, that we feel like we’ve been working together for ages, I mean, we’re launching a full album roughly 2 months prior to our online acquaintance. The synchronicities with us were overwhelming, and sometimes I feel we can read each other’s mind.
John, how did you come up with the title of the album?
l wish I had a really cool story to tell, but ideas just pop in my head all the time, as if I have an parallel existence where my creativity runs wild as I exist in this world.