Hey Swingers !
Here’s an interview I made of 11 Acorn Lane when I saw they were realeasing a new album. These two guys over the atlantic are giving to their funky productions the taste of swing.
Before reading it, you may want to get a taste of their sound !!!
Hello Guys, can you shortly introduce 11 Acorn Lane to our electro-swing.com readers ?
11 Acorn Lane is us, Neal Pawley and Thomas Feurer making music together. We’ve been releasing music as 11 Acorn Lane since 2008 and it’s been a fun and crazy journey so far.
We met here in New York where we both live. Neal is originally from England and Thomas from Switzerland.
Would you say you belong to the Electro Swing family ? Living in NYC, can you tell us about the scene over there ?
We love Electro Swing! Some of our tracks seem to musically overlap and have been well received with fans of Electro Swing. We weren’t aware of the whole movement until relatively recently but we think it’s absolutely fantastic and would be honored to be considered a small, small part of it.
We are not really part of any particular scene over here in the United States, but we feel like the Electro Swing scene is definitely much stronger in Europe and we are very excited about all the cool music we are hearing from Europe.
You’re releasing a New Album this week. Most of the tracks have been released previously.
Why this album ? New takes, new edits, new mixing ? Did you want to add a swing flavor to it ?
‘Swing Thing’ is a “best of” type album. It’s our 5th full-length release and it includes two new tracks alongside a selection of favorites from our previous records.
The feedback from our hardcore fans has been great. They seem to love this particular collection of our songs. And for people who don’t know our music yet, it’s a great way to discover some of our favorite tracks all in one place.
Our music is quite eclectic and we love the freedom of combining all kinds of unexpected musical influences. It was a lot of fun selecting these songs and we are very happy with the flow on this album. People put it on and have a blast. It’s definitely a feel-good kind of record.
Each one of you is playing many instruments. Who’s dealing with the Electronic side of the production ? Did you get help from someone else ?
It’s all done by the two of us. We love bringing together live instruments with electronic elements and we both are into experimenting with different production techniques and are always searching for new interesting sounds and effects.
You’re music is heavily influenced by Funk and other Latin grooves. How would you describe it ?
We sometimes call it Novelty Lounge World Electro Pop. But it’s not easy for us to describe our music. We both have strong roots in Funk and Jazz. At the same time our musical background includes World, Electronica, Americana and Blues. We love music that marries multiple styles.
What we love about Lounge and House music is the open mind towards experimenting and doing unexpected things. We believe this openness is also what allows and facilitates the creation of amazing new styles, such as Electro Swing.
How do you play your music when you go live ?
Ideally we would love to do it with an augmented Big Band and a couple of DJs, but for now that’s just a dream. In the studio we obviously have endless possibilites and an almost endless track count. Narrowing this down for live situations has been difficult for us. So in the meantime we are still trying to figure out what might be a feasible yet artistically satisfying scenario.
What’s the next step for you ? Any Gigs in the USA ? Any chance to see you on tour in Europe ?
We don’t have any appearances scheduled in Europe. At the moment we are busy promoting ‘Swing Thing’ and also our album ‘Happy Holy Days’ that features our versions of Christmas and Holiday classics.
Thanks, anything you’d like to add to this ITW ?
Thank you for introducing us to the readers of electro-swing.com. We really appreciate it! It’s a fantastic website and we love what you are doing with it. We wish you the best of luck and much success!
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