Saint John’s FWLR has a new album out! He collaborated with Twistex from Norway on the aptly-named “Without Borders.” FWLR won the Party Sauce award for “Producer Of The Year” so we all anticipated this album would be a monster of headbanging proportions.
FWLR’s studio is in the middle of the forest in Eastern Canada. Twistex’s studio is in the middle of the forest in Norway. In May of 2016, through two very shoddy internet connections the producers connected on Facebook. At first they were just sharing synth patches and chatting about production techniques, but soon they became good friends. In December one of the songs they had written over Skype called ‘Breakout’ was landed in a Maybelline commercial providing them with more than enough money to purchase a plane ticket. A couple months later, after a very sketchy trip, Twistex was in Canada. Finally their workflow wouldn’t be slowed down by the near-dial-up internet speeds. Nine days later, ‘Without Borders’ was created. This 10 song album is full of energetic tracks with refreshingly unique sound design. Drawing heavily from their love of experimentation, the two created a complex blend of their two styles. Twistex brought to the table his love of all things bass, while FWLR provided melodies and surgical production. The album is available for free on Bandcamp, and for purchase on all major digital distributors.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Mr. Nick FWLR~~!
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
I have a pretty overactive mind and I think you can hear that in any project I put my hands on. Andre (Twistex) is very similar. We both love complicated music that takes a few listens to wrap your head around. We definitely wouldn’t consider this album “easy listening”, but we think that its worth it since each time you listen you’ll probably notice some little detail you hadn’t before. As far as style goes we are both metal heads that love making electronic music, so expect lots of heavy riffs and distorted synths.
What gear/software/techniques did you use in making this recording?
Andre and I both write pretty much exclusively in FL Studio. Andre has been using FL for way longer than me so it was amazing working with him, although he had to get used to my ultra-organized project arrangement. After a couple days, we could seamlessly hop in and out of the driver’s seat in my studio as we seemed to work as one collective mind. As far as plug-ins go we used a lot of FM8, Harmor, 3xOsc and Serum for synths. We would spend hours making complex patches in FM8 and render out seemingly random riffs, then take those riffs and load them into Harmor and create something completely different. We also used my Novation Bass station 2 for some bass sounds, as well as a couple other synths like the Microbrute and an old Yamaha PSS-something-or-rather.
What mood or mental state do you hope to evoke in the listener with this music?
We had an aggressive state of mind while creating this album. Andre and I love rocking out and headbanging. The amount that we headbanged while creating each song was kind of a barometer for how it was progressing. This album definitely is best listened to loud on a good set of speakers while you’re in the mood to punch something. Though we love the heavy and aggressive sounds I’m sure you’ll notice quite a bit of melody and emotion sewn in which gives it a good balance between punching someone and hugging someone.