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Music Interview: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Who or what were your main influences for the sound and feel of this record?

There’s a lot to that question. I guess I could say everything. We have songs inspired by artists like the Ohio Players, Willie Mitchell, The Roots, Stax, Motown, etc. Then we’ve got songs inspired by our daily lives, like walking down the street and hearing all the different sounds all at the same time, or dealing with friends or family dramas, which can produce amazing music. Some people just can’t or don’t hear all that noise around them, but I do.

How were the recording sessions? What can you tell us about how the album was made? 

Our sessions are super-chilled. We’re on the road so much that we write our tunes during sound checks, and, depending how it goes, we’ll try to play them at the end of the night. What is music without taking some chances?

Most of the tracks on I Told You So weren’t even complete songs when we got to the studio. Being that we all live in different cities and states, it’s hard for us to get together and rehearse, but when the opportunity arises for us to do so, we get a lot done in a very short amount of time.

Prior to recording the album, we were on a tour of the US, Canada and Europe for a little over two months. A lot of this album, and then some, was written during those sound checks, but they were just one-chord grooves when we got home. We had three days from the end of the tour until the recording session, so we had to finish most of the tunes right before recording them.

Was the album recorded live? 

We recorded everything in the same room, close together with no headphones. Everything on it was played straight through – mistakes, noise and all. There’s no separation of our instruments whatsoever. It’s just how we do our live shows. I love that sound.

Where did you make the album?

It was recorded in Seattle, at Blue Mallard Studios, with owner/engineer Jason Gray, who is also the bass player of the band Polyrhythmics. He knows exactly how to capture the feeling and vibe that I love.

Also during the studio session a guitarist friend of ours, Ben Bloom of Polyrhythmics, just happened to stop by, so I asked him if he had his guitar with him and he did. So I said, “grab it!” He had to be somewhere in 15 minutes, so I said, “let’s see what happens”.

The song he played on is called ‘Right Place’, ‘Right Time’, and we literally wrote and recorded it in less than 15 minutes. It was just a bassline groove and it had no melody, no bridge, and no parts, but it turned out fantastic. Ben’s solo on that tune is nothing short of amazing.

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