Why 2% Milk as the title of the record?
There’s something seductive about milk but when it’s reduced, it’s measured and it’s processed. So, the concept of 2% milk is slightly unsettling and maybe a contradiction? I think I approach a lot of topics with a naturally ambiguous thought process. It can be exhausting—nothing ever has one answer or one mood. And this collection of songs reflects that.
What’s your songwriting process? For instance, with a song like Distracting Me, with all its odd timing, does that song start with a beat? Or do you write on the piano first?
I’m remembering now that I’d been listening to Jive Talkin by the Bee Gees in the car right before I wrote that song. I was driving to Victoria, BC to stay in a shack and read and write (and avoid LA distractions). I loved how sweet and fun that Bee Gee’s tune is but there’s that hiccup in the rhythm (that section in 7/4). I was inspired and programmed the beat first and then wrote the keyboard part. But often I start with a chord pattern I've been screwing around with. A few times I’ve dreamt up songs but none of those made it on this record!
What’s your favorite dessert?
Halo-Halo which is basically a Filipino version of English Trifle, my other favorite dessert, which is just a version of throwing a bunch of delicious, weird textures together.
What’s something that might surprise us about you?
I can juggle. Oh wait, that would surprise no one as I’m a total dweeb.