Fake Shape is an Alternative-Indie band from Hamilton, Ontario that formed in September 2018. They have been writing and recording at Fort Rose in Hamilton and are getting ready to release their debut EP, Night Swim.
Their new single “Headspace” drifts through contrasting textures that fall between funk, psych, pop, and ambient electronic.
You can now check out the new track “Headspace” now and read the interview with the band below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Headspace“?
Chester: Headspace was mostly inspired by wanting to have a finished song. I had been working on a lot of ideas but none of them were finished, so I started from scratch with the goal of finishing a song in a week. The chords in “Headspace” were the first “Jazz” chord inversions I learned on piano and they’re usually the first chords I play when I sit down at a piano, so it was a natural starting place.
How do you think your community has contributed to your success?
Chester: All of us met through music, whether it was going to school together or through different bands that we’ve played in. Without those communities we wouldn’t have met and formed this band. So to me, the community has contributed to our success by facilitating spaces to learn music and meet new musicians – whether it be through an educational setting or through venues in town.
Olivia: My friends that are musicians from here – they are all very generous and welcoming. It’s expected that you are gonna do your thing and be yourself so for me I always feel like I have the space and support to work on the music I want to play.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Chester: It’s a bit cheezee but it’s something that’s important to remind yourself of if you get down – You’re already successful if you’re playing the music you love with the people you love.
David: I went to school for music and although I learned a lot it was difficult to break out the genre I am trained in. So to those musicians out there thinking about doing something else you should jump into the deep end and try something out.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Chester: Usually the songs start from a couple of chords played on either guitar or piano, accompanied by a melody, typically with melody there will be one idea that sticks and then the rest of the song is built from that point. I use voice memos a lot to record ideas then spend a lot of time re-working the ideas in the context of the song. It’s the same with lyrics, I usually have one phrase that sticks then I’ll record a bunch of takes just singing gibberish and from there I can extrapolate meaning and phrases that fit the context of the song, it’s a kind of subconscious flow followed by editing.
From there the demos go to the band and we work out the arrangement and re-write parts that feel uncomfortable or awkward. Seth and David work a lot the arrangement and direction/trajectory of the songs, trimming, editing and consolidating – making the songs more impactful and cohesive. Sometimes Mac and Olivia’s parts are loosely based on ideas or “feel” from the demos. From there, they take the parts and with their skill and musicianship, imprint their own unique style and personality. Almost like running them through a giant “no-nonsense” filter. With more recent songs though, we’ll just jam the songs out and Mac and Olivia will come up with their own parts.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
Chester: It was really exciting! This is the first song we’ve released as a band, it’s pretty cool to have something out. We’re looking forward to releasing more.
David: Excited and terrifying. I really proud of what we have done it’s also crazy that it now exists and anyone can listen
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Bjork, Bon Iver, Fiest – Mostly just to learn from them and see their creative process.
What was the first thing that got you interested in music?
Chester: “I was always interested, but I wanted to play bass or drums. When I was 12, my older brother had a “Best of Jimi Hendrix” compilation, the first song was Purple Haze – I went to buy a cheap electric guitar from the music store the next week.”
Olivia: I used to think that I decided to be a musician when I started playing bass in high school.. But then I found a biography I wrote when I was 8 years old that says: “One day I would like to be a famous composer!”. So I don’t know what’s going on anymore. I know that the first time I heard Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix was the first time I was like – “woah I want my bass to sound like that guy!”