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Sunday Spotlight: The Disappointment Choir

Sunday Spotlight: The Disappointment Choir

1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi! We’re The Disappointment Choir. We’re from Buckinghamshire, and there are two of us – Katy (guitar and vocals) and Rob (synths, programming, vocals and guitar).

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
We make intelligent, crafted pop songs with an electronic flavour. We honestly don’t sound like anything else around right now – as much as we love a lot of contemporary pop, we’re not it! We like to think we’re what happens when two people who love The Magnetic Fields, Lemonheads and Chic in equal measure start making music together. Our second album, “Vows”, is out right now on vinyl, CD, download and all the usual streaming services.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

We started in very late 2011, because Rob had written a Christmas song and Katy was his most talented friend. So he asked her to weigh in on it. After that, it was clear we had something special, so not pursuing it would’ve been nuts.

But in general, what made us want to make music? Same as everyone else: we were and are huge music fans, and the urge to do it too won’t leave us alone.

4. Stage or studio?
Studio. It’s the part we both enjoy most.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Guitar-wise, Katy plays Ibanez and Yamaha acoustics, and a blonde Fender Telecaster.

Rob uses a custom built Jazzmaster clone most of the time, and his trusty Frankenstein of a Strat. The amp most often used on our records is a ‘68 custom Fender Deluxe Reverb. Plus various pedals, from budget to boutique!

We use Logic Pro X, which for our money has the best and most creative composition workflow of any DAW. We have used some of the onboard software instruments, which are amazing, but our go-to soft synths are NI Massive, and the amazing Substance, Exhale, Signal and Rev – all of which are made by Output.

More recently, though, we’ve moved to a more hardware-based workflow: the synths are a Nord Stage 2 EX, a Korg Monologue, a MeeBlip Triode (the nastiest and most awesome mono bass you can buy for about $100 US!), a Roland JU-06 and a Novation MiniNova. Beats are mostly the Roland TR-8, using the 808 kit. The brain of the hardware setup is a Squarp Pyramid midi sequencer which is almost too good to describe. Incredible machine.

Mics: on recorded vocals we tend to use a Neumann TLM 102, or a Shure SM7b. Acoustic guitars get a pair of Oktava Mk 012s, with cardioid capsules, miked in an XY formation.

All of this goes into an iMac via a Universal Audio Apollo Twin (dual core), with an octo-core UAD Satellite to run more of their addictive plugins!

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
It’s got to be the UAD Apollo. Not just the best interface in the business, but damn – those plugins!

7. Where can we check out your tunes?
On our Bandcamp Page.

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