Boulevarde & Little Green – Take Your Time

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Boulevarde & Little Green - Take Your Time

Boulevarde & Little Green – Take Your Time

 

ARTIST NAME: Boulevarde & Little Green

 

SONG TITLE: Take Your Time

 

RELEASE DATE: 28 FEB 20

 

GENRE: Indie Pop

 

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What do you get when you cross a Lebanese DJ who vibes to house music and a young father with an affinity for metal and dad jokes? Enter Boulevarde.

 

Jordan and Edgar have been writing music since 2014, teaming up with Aussie and international topliners to create their own take on the indie, electro-pop world. Take that, alongside songwriting sensibilities well beyond their years, combine it with their truly polished production and you’ve got a recipe for something special.

 

The unlikely Western Sydney based duo share a passion for contemporary pop production, sound design, and visuals. This drive led to their first two releases to be signed to Central Station and Crookwell Records both accompanied by self-created, emotive music videos.

 

Following on from their debut single I Needed You featuring Nick de la Hoyde, their second release – Plans featuring Aeora, and their third independently released single, Lover – Boulevarde have teamed up with Little Green to bring you their brand new single – Take Your Time.

 

‘Take Your Time’ explores the concept of loss and learning to say goodbye and delicately balances a restrained, electronic production with the intimate, folk vocal of Little Green.

 

Boulevarde are ready to bring you their brand new, energetic and unique live set featuring Little Green, with two dates confirmed and plenty more to come.

 

Catch us playing at Torch Fest – inaugural, first-of-its-kind, mental health music festival 4th April 2020, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville and on Easter Thursday 9th April 2020 at Northies, Cronulla supporting Kormak.

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Discuss your existence.

Edgar and I have been making music for about six years now and have really come to love stripped back production and very raw, intimate vocals.

 

We teamed up with Little Green on this one who we met at the Listen Up Songwriting Contest.

 

We were both blown away by her performance, so we reached out to her via Instagram and teed up a writing session!

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Pop. If we were being specific, we love the pop that leans on the dance, indie electronic side of things.

 

We have really come to love the idea of creating something that is simple, yet complex.

 

There is a beauty in simplicity, and we feel there is a skill to it in music.

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Tell us about your experience as a musician.

Edgar comes from a DJ background whilst I (Jordan) come from a metal background. Two worlds collide! I played in a metal band for many years but always had an interest in electronic music. It wasn’t until I met Edgar that he really introduced me to the dance/electronic world and inspired me to make music in that realm.

 

We learned the ropes together and over the past few years have been focused on really honing in on our own sound.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

‘Take Your Time’ is a song about loss and learning to say goodbye with a focus on the impact of mental health and suicide.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Zoe – for always putting up with our obsession with making music and taking piccies of us

 

Ellen – for making our wild music video ideas a reality

 

Archie and George – for believing in Boulevarde and helping us grow

 

Nick – for being the OG Boule collaborator and coming on this journey with us

 

Kristiano – for always finding a show for us to play!

 

Seth – for being a mixing god.

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Tell us about your future goals.

Honestly, our number one goal is always to write better songs and put out the music we want to hear into the world. If people enjoy it as much as we do and come along for the journey that’s a bonus!

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Share your press releases and reviews with us.

“A stripped back electronic bed accompanies the raw, intimate vocal of Little Green to convey a sombre message around male mental health.

 

‘Take Your Time’ is a song about loss and learning to say goodbye. Jordan was grappling with the loss of his good friend at the time – who had taken his own life. The song comes from a very dark and emotional space and we hope others going through a hard time can find meaning in it and know they are not alone.”

 

The Story Behind the Song

We met Amy (Little Green) through a songwriting contest and I remember both Edgar and I were blown away by her vocal performance, so we teed up a writing session with her.

 

It was by far the most effortless and productive session we’ve ever had – we worked well together, and ideas just flowed and built naturally.

 

We wanted to write a song about loss. Jordan was grappling with the loss of his good friend at the time – who had taken his own life.

 

The song comes from a very dark and emotional space and we hope others going through a hard time can find meaning in ‘Take Your Time’ and know they are not alone.

 

We hope the song can help build awareness around the importance of mental health and looking out for your friends, especially amongst men.

 

After that first sitting in the studio, we had the foundation for the track – the guitar and vocals. We even ended up using the scratch vocal we recorded that night in the final track because it was so powerful and emotive having been recorded in that moment.

 

I remember Amy was laying down and holding the condenser mic rather than everything being set up properly – but that didn’t matter – the vocals were perfect.

 

From there we built up the track around it – we were very conscious that we wanted to create something that sounded like nothing else but also that was restrained and stripped back – to let the vocal shine. Oh, and did we mention there’s a flute solo? Cause there is a flute solo.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Specifically, with ‘Take Your Time’ – we hope that this song can heal.

 

Writing the song for us was a way to heal after the loss of a friend and we hope it can provide the same comfort to fans who have also gone through something like this.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

We believe there has been a strong shift toward independently created and released music.

 

We have such an amazing array of tools and technology available to us these days if you work hard enough you don’t necessarily need a fancy studio or a label to put out great music. Just look at Billie and Finneas!

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Flume would have to be ‘numero uno.’ Not only is his music a huge inspiration for the production on our records but I would go as far as to say he inspired us to make electronic music in the first place!

 

Mansionair also holds a special place in our hearts as well. All the Sydney boys!

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

We have come to learn that we write our best music when we sit down in a room together and hash out the chords, melody, and lyrics altogether. That’s how ‘Take Your Time’ was born. The first night within a few hours we had the guitar and all the lead vocal fleshed out.

 

We believe the best lyrics are conversational and tell a story. When we are talking about what we are going to write about sometimes the best lyrics – a noted down out of that initial conversation!

 

For example, with ‘Take Your Time,’ we were talking about how my friend used to be obsessed with motorbikes and everyone was always deathly scared of how he tore around on them. Everyone always told him to ‘slow down’ – which is a recurring theme in the first verse.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Collaboration is key! We love working with others on music.

 

Everyone always brings a different perspective and skillset and you end up creating something you never would have been able to on your own.

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Brief us with your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

We love the idea of music bringing people together – whether it be through dance or the message of the record.

 

 

I think music has an amazing power to unite by striking at deep, often subconscious, an emotion that might be more universal than we think.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I think the most important thing for us is having the lead vocal fleshed out first – because it dictates how the rest of the song falls around it. Both in terms of sound design and melody.

 

Once we have the lead vocal, we know the tone of the track and the sounds seem to come naturally. It’s almost as if the song tells us what it needs as weird as that sounds.

 

We often include guitar in our productions, but our focus is around creating new and exciting synthesized soundscapes. We’ll typically dial in a synth sound but then mess it up with distortion, pitch shifting, and other plugins.

 

 

Often the best stuff happens by accident! Like when you’ve popped an element or plugin and the wrong spot, and you hit play and it works! Those are the magic moments in the studio. For example, in ‘Take Your Time’ – when I was layering up the guitar – I accidentally slid down to the wrong chord but it worked so we left it in!

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

The first night we spent 3-4 hours on the song and I’ll never forget that night.

 

We didn’t really know Little Green that well but at no point did it feel uncomfortable or stagnant – which was amazing because we were writing about such a vulnerable and dark topic.

 

We laid down the guitar first and then hashed out the melody and lyrics for the whole song. It was a special session. Very cathartic for me (Jordan) – as I had struggled for a while to put into words how I felt about losing my friend.

 

Edgar and I then spent a session fleshing out the production underneath – and man did this one – come together quickly!

 

 

In the first session, we had most of the final ideas for sounds. There was a fair bit of tweaking and back and forth from this point. But we knew Amy played the flute, so we recorded what was meant to be some supporting motifs throughout the song. BUT – it ended up working as a solo on the bridge!

 

 

We then got in the studio to track the backing vocals and ad-libs but ended up using the scratch vocal from the first night in the final recording because we captured something so raw and emotive that night. Even if we managed to get a better-quality recording of the performance – it wouldn’t be the same.

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Discuss your music performance.

We have put a show together with Little Green which you can catch around Sydney.

 

 

The next show for us is Torch Fest which is going down on April 4. Very exciting because it is the first of its kind music AND mental health festival – so we have been working very closely with those guys.

 

Little Green performs vocals, Jordan jumps between guitar, keys and pads and Edgar has custom-built a drum pad rig which he performs on. We get a little bit of vocoder action going on as well which is super fun live!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

When Edgar and I first started making music together I lived on The Boulevarde in a coastal Aussie suburb. And my cute little home studio there became the base for everything we did.

 

It seemed a fitting title and the ‘e’ on the end is the Australian spelling. so a good way to make it unique to us.

 

A Boulevarde is a wide road typically lined by trees, so our logo is just that! Trees either side of a street.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

‘Take Your Time’

 

‘Take Your Time’ is a song about loss and learning to say goodbye.

 

Jordan was grappling with the loss of his good friend at the time – who had taken his own life. The song comes from a very dark and emotional space and we hope others going through a hard time can find meaning in it and know they are not alone.

 

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