–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
If you’ve ever stayed up all night you’ll know the magic feeling that you get at around 5am just before the sun rises and the new day begins. Cole Emoff, sole member of Slumber View, uses this music project to express how he felt on the cold Brooklyn nights when he came home late from work and was unable to sleep. Emoff is able to capture the magic of this time throughout his debut LP Something Away.
Quincy: Your project is aptly named! When I hear your music I always want to cuddle up in a warm bed with some tea. How did you come up with the name?
Slumber View: Oh man, it took me forever to come up with the project name. I’m so indecisive. I considered just going by my name, but I wanted some kind of alias, something like Diane Coffee that sounds like it could be a real name. But after days and days of thinking about it, I still couldn’t come up with anything.that wasn’t already taken. Then the name Slumber View just came to me and it didn’t appear to be used already so I went with it. I’m glad I did, as it seems to fit the vibe.
Q: You are a member of psych-folk band “Wild Leaves”. What caused you to branch out and make a solo recording?
SV: Yeah, it’s been fun being in that band. We’re all friends from college, so it’s fun to play music with people you can goof around with. I mostly started making the Slumber View tunes to pass the time, like when I was on a flight or couldn’t sleep. Then some stuff happened, like my grandmother I was very close with passing away, which inspired me to add vocals and turn it into a real music project.
Q: How long have you been making music for? Are you planning on continuing to make solo albums moving forward?
SV: I’ve been making music since high school. Yeah, I’m planning to continue making Slumber View music. I also work on comedy videos in my free time, which I always end up making music for. So yeah, I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
Q: I’ve read that your LP Something Away was written mostly during the late hours of the morning after working the night shift. Where was it that you were working?
SV: I was working the overnight shift at Comedy Central, for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Those shows were awesome to work for, but the hours were brutal. I’d try to go to sleep when I got home at like 5 in the morning, but sometimes I just couldn’t. So I started recording music on my phone in my room.
Q: Tell me a bit about how the tracks on this album were recorded. Did you do all of the recording yourself?
SV: I did all of the recording and mixing myself on my iPhone. Since most of the recording was done in the middle of the night/early morning I had to be really quiet. I don’t know if you can tell that with the vocals and guitar dubs. Hopefully not. Actually, it doesn’t really matter. I just hope it doesn’t sound like I’m whispering.
Q: How did the feelings of being in Brooklyn affect the sounds on this record?
SV: That’s something I haven’t really thought about. I think my life in Brooklyn at the time was way different from most people’s lives and perception of Brooklyn. I was working third shift and riding my bike to and from work in the middle of winter. I didn’t really see the sun, and I saw way less people than I do now that I’m on a “normal” schedule. When riding my bike home after work at 4-5 in the morning I would sometimes see no one except a couple taxis. That was interesting, and I think that in itself inspired my music more than any other moments of living in Brooklyn.
Q: Lastly, would you rather be able to reverse one decision you made every day or stop time for 10 seconds once a day?
SV: Since I’m so indecisive (like I mentioned before), I’d have to go with being able to reverse one decision I made every day. Actually, maybe I would go with the other. Just kidding. Or am I? I am… I think.
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or pondering the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.
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