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Interview Highlights: Jungle
McFarland on the aesthetics of their music videos
"I think once we set kind of the tone with the first video, we kind of felt that we should continue that. It made us feel good and it worked visually for us. I think its about simplicity in those videos and the connection between the audience and the performers. It's about that eye contact. You see a lot music videos these days which are so over-cut and so over-lit. And it's just, like, almost scared that we're gonna lose the attention of the audience if its not going a million miles an hour. I think we just wanted to pare it back and present the simplest idea and see if that caught."
McFarland on incorporating nontraditional instruments into their sound
"We were working in the studio and I went out to make a coffee. The studio, by the way, is just J's bedroom. It's nothing particularly glamorous. I just walked out of the door and the door creaked while J was working on the bass line. And he was like, 'Stop, stop, stop!' and I was like, 'I'm not making you another coffee, dude.' And he was like, 'No, no, no. That door sounded incredible.' And I walked back in the room and he'd already got a mic next to the door. So, I just stood there for 10 minutes opening and closing this really creaky door as we recorded it over the track."
McFarland on their recent success
"You never expect to be in a position where you can do this. A year ago we were sitting in J's bedroom making beats and now we're in a studio in Boston. It will always surprise us. I think that's the beauty of it. As soon as it stops surprising us and stops becoming something that's enjoyable and new, I think that's when you need to move on and try something else."
Songs Heard In This Segment
All songs by Jungle
- Josh Lloyd-Watson, founding member of Jungle.
- Tom McFarland, founding member of Jungle.
This segment aired on June 23, 2014.