West coast duo prepare a new electronic message for the world from their underground base Last year, Los Angeles vocalist Saro broke onto the scene with his debut EP, In Loving Memory. Now, after a year spent in the underground studio space he shares with producer Dave Burris, the singer-songwriter is preparing to release a follow-up, theÂ Boy Afraid EP. During the process of recording, Saro and Burris began focusing more on the craft of songwriting, rather than getting too caught up in the minutia. This has resulted what became their most composed work year. ARTISTdirect's Christopher Friedmann caught up with both of them at that studio in downtown Los Angeles to discuss the new EP, what has changed since the release of In Loving Memory, and where they look to grow in the near future. Christopher Friedmann: We are talking because you are preparing to release a new EP in December. Just to start, how is the mood in camp? Saro: I think it's a bit of both. Anxious because it's not finished yet, but excited because it's not finished yet. It's so fun working on it, but it's a rollercoaster some days, like, 'F*** I don't want to work on this now,â€� because we've hit a wall or something. And other days it's like I don't want to leave this room ever. Dave Burris: We're definitely both excited to wrap this up because then we get to spend time writing new s***, which is the most fun thing. CF: You recently released 'Eyelidsâ€�. The track seems to be about rejection... S: It kind of became about that. The way that I write lyrics is kind of like a patchwork thing. For that song I did the freestyle melody approach, and some lyrics might have come out and they stuck, and then once I throw a bunch of lyrics together, it will make me think about something, and I'll elaborate on that. It was written from the perspective of being rejected and rejecting someone. And I do that a lot in the songs, like I'll have multiple perspectives because I can just think of more concepts that way. It was kind of like telling a reminder to not let rejection stop you or f*** with you, just keep working through it. But then it was also a reminder that I have been the rejector plenty of times, and how I didn't mean for that to happen.
https://soundcloud.com/onlysaro/eyelids-2 CF: As an artist, that rejection is something you deal with constantly. How do you take that and turn it into something useful for your creative process and motivates you? DB: I think it's a balance of letting things like rejection motivate you and drive you, but not to let it force you to make compromises, to not change your sound or alter your voice or mission just to get on the right playlist or appeal to the right supervisor, whatever the myriad balls you have to be juggling at once - it's important to not let rejection impact your unique point of view. CF: Your work seems to be somewhat cathartic. You started to tell me a bit about your patchwork process before, can you take us through your songwriting process in full? S: I think I was telling you earlier that it is always different. For example, 'Blueâ€� was like I was driving and I thought about the lyric, 'The sky doesn't blue like it used toâ€� and I wrote it in my notepad and then I was in the shower the next day - I write a lot in the shower - I was in the shower and I started singing melodies, and I was like, 'The melody is dopeâ€�. I just came up with, I'm gonna look in my notepad and see if there are any words that could maybe fit to it, and I saw that was the top