Canadian Duo, Tegan and Sara
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AN: I think the Neil Young/Pretenders tour was pretty much the most amazing things we have done but every tour has its pros and memorable highlights. I think each tour we do in the US--we get to like certain cities more and more. There are the obvious ones like NY and LA but Chicago was amazing and we love Minneapolis and Atlanta and Boise and Seattle. There are so many amazing places to visit in the US.
TWEED: How did you come to the decision to co-produce So Jealous? For two records now, you've worked with John Collins and David Carswell. What's been attractive about that relationship, specifically? Also, how did the Matt Sharp collaboration come about and what has he been up to recently? Is he going on any part of the tour with you?
TEGAN: Matt, we met through our publicist in the US. He offered, after touring with us, to help come up with some parts for the new songs. We sent him a CD and flew him up for a few days and the magic flowed. He is really cool. He released his own solo record and is touring and doing a lot of stuff right now with another artist, Golden Boy. John and Dave, we worked with twice because they have a way of producing that works well with Sara and I. Feeling creative in an environment that is so forced and on a schedule is really tough so you need the right people around you. They are great at giving suggestions and also just backing off and working later to compliment what we have come up with. We decided to co-produce as we had 18 demos recorded and arranged with vocals all worked out. We were going to stay very close to the record. As the record continued, we did stay very involved and were there through the mixing process and decided to take a producer credit.
TWEED: As for Neil Young, you're currently on his record label, Vapor Records. How did your relationship begin with him? How did you get signed and on tour with Neil Young? How has the relationship been--working with him as, ostensibly, your boss?
TEGAN: He is a really nice guy. We don't have a phone relationship or anything with Neil but the label has been very good to us and allowed us to make three records now for them. It was wonderful touring together and a nice gesture as our first record had just been released. From a distance, and without a lot of involvement, we know he is out there, helping. It is a nice, quiet relationship.
TWEED: What do you see in the future for Tegan and Sara? What is, ultimately, the goal for the both of you with this band?
TEGAN: I think we will make another record for sure. We love music and we hope to grow as artists, live musicians and performers and make better and better records. I think that we will always be in music in some capacity. We love this business and we have such a great fan base and support system. I think we will stick around for a while longer.
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William T Wallace contributed to this interview. For more information on Tegan and Sara, check out comprehensive fan site www.teganandsara.org or the official website www.teganandsara.com.
Monday, 07 February 2005
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