Where are you both currently based?
Justin: I’m located in New York City
Jeff: And I’m from Omaha, Nebraska
How did LUNDØN form?
Jeff: LUNDØN was originally a solo project with just Justin at the helm. Justin and I met about a year ago through a mutual friend and at the time I was still going by the artist name Strvylight and we just started talking about doing some work together and that’s how the song “Whoever’s Next” came to be. Shortly after that, Justin asked me to be a part of LUNDØN and make the project a duo and I was instantly on board.
What’s been happening recently and how has your COVID19 experience been?
Jeff: With the current pandemic, we have been trying to be as optimistic as possible. Prior to COVID, life seemed to be going 100 miles an hour and when lockdown hit everything came to a screeching halt. We’ve been making the most of it by using the extra free time to experiment musically, work on some new projects, and use the downtime to take a breather and reflect on what’s important to us and what kind of message and feel we want our music to have.
Your new track ‘Don’t Turn This Car Around’ Feat. LA vocalist is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Justin: Loveless (Justin Cormeau) laid down a killer vocal topline that depicted a personal experience he went through in a previous relationship but did so in a way that we thought was pretty relatable or open to interpretation. We got the vocal stems and there was a bassline that we were just absolutely crazy about. We started working on it and had a bit of inspiration from Tame Impala and wanted a bit of an indie vibe that eventually evolved into a more melodic EDM tone. It was kind of tricky to get the transition between the two styles because we wanted the stylistic change to be something that only happened one time for what I guess what you could call some contrast. We’re really into blending multiple genres of music and we took a big leap with making the song do a 180 at the end to catch the listener off guard, but in a way that hopefully wasn’t jarring.
How did you go about writing ‘Don’t Turn This Car Around’?
Loveless approached us with the song in 2018 but I felt like it needed something more, so it sat on the back burner until recently, when we decided to work it into what it is now. The song is about metaphorically not turning the car around. In life, we face obstacles and despite those obstacles, we need to always be traveling forward no matter how hard it gets. We chose Loveless to sing on the song because we worked with him on our previous track, ‘You & Me,’ and decided to try something different.
What programs/instruments did you use to record/produce?
We primarily use Ableton for all production, as well as guitar for a lot of the live instrumental elements.
How did the collaboration with Loveless come to fruition?
Justin: We worked with Julian previously on our song “You & Me” and liked the way it came out, so we decided to work with him again on “Don’t Turn This Car Around.” Julian and I met in California about 3 years ago and stayed in contact ever since. His vocal style overall is my personal favorite of those we’ve worked with.
Why did you decide to combine pop rock with future bass?
The melodic aspects of “Don’t Turn This Car Around” worked well in both future bass and pop-rock styles so we ran with the idea of, “Well if it works well in both, why not combine them and see what happens.”
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Justin: I just recently got back into a lot of technical guitar work. I’ve been listening to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold and trying to figure out how to play the solos and get my hands back up to speed.
Jeff: Currently at the moment I’ve been listening to a lot of metal, older punk music, and a lot of drum & bass and dubstep
What do you like to do away from music?
Justin: I like to be around people and hang out with my friends, who also give great inspiration for writing music. Since I grew up playing the guitar, I also like to continue practicing my guitar skills and learning different solos from my favorite rock bands in my free time.
Jeff: Away from music, I generally like to just relax, watch movies, maybe go longboarding, or go walk some trails near where I live.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020?
We have more music planned to release later this year, mostly singles that are a bit more on the heavier side under the influence of some dubstep and rock music. We’re really excited about that!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Justin: My favorite food is Italian food or a bacon egg & cheese from the Bodega. The best place to hang out is the beach.
Jeff: Favorite food is Chinese food. Favorite hangout spot is my place as boring as that may sound, but having my own space is definitely relaxing.