Dan + Shay entered the tournament in the penultimate tournament when COVID-19 closed the tour and life in general in March. As their new single “I Should Go to Sleep” released today (July 31) shows, they spent most of their time in quarantine.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney began the song with co-authors Sean Douglas and Jason Evigan, and in January held a Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, bringing their second consecutive trophy for a country duo / band performance.
Only after locking did they pull the song out again and try it again. The couple finished writing it, and then Smyers, working from his home studio, created a spare bedroom, which he remodeled and cleverly called Abby Road Studio in honor of his wife̵7;s name, and the famous London studio where The Beatles recorded, produced and constructed. path. He also played all instruments, including piano, drums, bass, acoustic guitar, synth and strings.
The result is a rich, heartbreaking ballad with an ornate composition and multi-layered harmonies that pay off the Beatles, Queen, Electric Light Orchestra and, of course, the Beach Boys innovative album Pet sounds. Mooney’s smoothly popular vocals are something he hasn’t done before.
Smyers and Mooney talked Bulletin board about the creation of the track, the first single from their upcoming album, two days before its release.
It’s such a heartbreaking song. How did the two happily married men and your co-authors regain that idea of a man looking for lost love?
Smyers: I think it’s the beauty of writing. It almost allows you to empathize with the character no matter how long it takes. Also, by using the beauty of co-writing, you can draw on past experiences from the lives of many people to create it. We knew we wanted it to be a situational thing when someone is struggling with temptation and is inseparable from temptation. In this case, it’s something they can’t distance themselves from.
I think we were all in that situation. The fact that we knew the message is very directly and directly conveyed to us is a platform to be a little more experimental, dress up for great productions, and attract many different influences.
How much did you write in Los Angeles compared to how much was done after the COVID-19 strike?
Mooney: We had written a poem and a choir, and maybe a little second poem, too, in Los Angeles. [Then] After a few weeks of quarantine and after Dan and I knew we were healthy, I went to his house. It was a big deal. We have been in quarantine for so long and for obvious reasons have not seen or interacted with anyone. We started interfering with the piano and during those first 20 minutes we fell in love with playing music again. There seemed to be magic in the room.
We played the song several times under an audio check and knew we liked the song and the vibe, but it wasn’t there. Dan just started playing the piano, I started riffing, singing random tunes and I had this little bridge groove. We probably finished that song in the next hour.[Pre-pandemic], we focused on the tour and when you enter this mode, you forget the importance of the song. When we returned to that room, we began to remember how everything we do revolves around great music. To move forward, we really need to provide great content. Our fans deserve it, the radio deserves it.
So we actually had time to really think about our music and be able to methodically lay out the plan and be able to record it the way we want. Dan lasts for probably four days when only one drum sound is heard. If it was the last song we ever released – it won’t be, but if it was – we’re proud of it. This is what we have been trying to achieve so far.
How long did it take to come up with this procedure? It’s very reminiscent of the Beach Boys Pet sounds and Brian Wilson’s approach to vocals.
Smyers: It was the inspiration of all harmonies. It was Pet Sounds – All I’ve always studied is genius and magic. Since we’ve improved throughout our careers, we really haven’t had the opportunity to actually dive into it as much as we would like. And it kind of gave us the moment when we just didn’t have time on our hands to have fun with it and experiment and get those influences.
There is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Group there is some queen influence, prince. All sorts of crazy things and we adapt to modern times.
I was lying on the bus at night while we were driving on the road, and one crazy night I stumbled upon Pet sounds a capella vocal tracks and I like to learn from the inside and outside and try to get inspiration. Had time and had a home studio, which is basically just a guest bedroom with a mattress leaning against the wall and blankets on the floor so you could just think and just experiment and try different things.
When I heard Shay start singing his impressive vocal acrobatics into the microphone, I was like, “We need to agree on a production that supports that,” and the vocals deserve it. That’s why I’ve spent so much time at her sonic, knowing I’m not overdoing the production or playing instruments too much to understand what’s most important. From a fan perspective, they just hear, “Wow, that’s crazy vocals.” The vocals led by Shay are awesome. So everything there is to support it.
Shay, how do you feel singing this in concert and trying to reach high notes?
Mooney: I feel like I’ve been in this corner and will have to sing it for the rest of my life[[[[laughs]. Dan and I started to get interested and sing all these random things and I was inspired and making all these crazy remarks. I later thought of it as, “What, am I going to make these alive? These are some ridiculously high notes. “It will be nervous every time. But I think we’ll be able to nail it, especially when Dan has given me that kind of confidence.
This is a very pop song. Are you generally worried about the echo of the country’s programmers?
Mooney: From the beginning, we had such great connections with the country radio and they supported us in such a great way. It was amazing to watch how the music evolved and how the genre lines were blurred. And I think they know we’ll stay there. We’re not trying to step aside, we’re just trying to write great music. And I think it transcends genres, which is very hard to do, but we’ve managed to do it for several.
We try to give them a great song that their listeners will want to listen to. I think pushing and merging those lines a bit is good for all formats. We just try to make as many people in the world hear our music as we are proud of. We spend so much time trying to make it great.
The video is still showing today. How was the video quarantined?
Smyers: Upon entering, everyone had to try COVID, and a COVID compliance officer walked in there and made sure there was never a moment when people ripped off masks. It was crazy, but, you know, that’s what we had to do. And I think it was good for people to get back to work. People wanted that. I think that moment made us step back and appreciate, “Hey, we all have to let music live. It’s great. It’s a dream.