Unconscious Disturbance is a Brazilian/American rock band currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. After overcoming a massive lineup change, the band released their newest EP Let It Rain this fall to a very positive reception. The band has been keeping themselves busy with constant touring since the release of the EP. I had a chance to talk to the band about Let It Rain, the difference between the American and Brazilian music scenes, and much more!
“This record started being written during a time where our previous lineup had fallen apart. It’s all about living a dream and never giving up on that” – Daniel Dahan
By James Boss
Babetalk: What is your name and what do you do in the band?
Kiko: I’m Kiko. I sing and play guitar.
Daniel: I’m Daniel and I sing.
BT: You guys released your most recent EP Let It Rain earlier this falls. How would
Kiko: It’s been pretty amazing. We’ve been on tour since the day it was released. We’ve been getting incredible reactions towards it. It’s helped us expand our fanbase.
BT: What was the recording process for the EP like?
Daniel: The recording process was pretty unique. We did drums and bass in New York City. We were lucky to have our friend come in and do some additional percussion for us. After that the band flew down to Brazil, where Kiko and I are from, and tracked vocals and guitar there. It was an amazing studio and there were great vibes the whole time.
Kiko: We didn’t use any samples. We wanted everything to be organic. If you hear any type of weird percussion on the record, it was actually played by our engineer. We were doing it for real.
BT: That’s really cool you guys didn’t phone it in digitally like most bands would.
Kiko: I still believe in the old school recording process. I believe in diving in and getting the sound you are trying to achieve.
BT: What was different about recording this EP compared to previous material?
Daniel: Being in two countries was very different. I think that this recording was different in the sense that we were much more well prepared as a band. We were very well rehearsed and we knew what we wanted so we were able to use the studio to its fullest. We were taking advantage of all the gear that was in there and we were really able to experiment with what the studio provided.
BT: What is your favorite song off of the EP and why?
Daniel: I think it changes because my mood and taste changes a lot. Right now “Our Secret” has been my favorite this week. It’s really fun to play live and it’s really nice. It changes all the time though.
Kiko: It’s also hard for me to say. I’d have to go with “Our Secret.” It’s overall catchy and pretty complex songwriting wise.
BT: With some of your members originally being from Brazil, have you guys noticed any differences in the musical cultures between Brazil and the U.S.?
Kiko: Absolutely. The U.S. has more bands. There’s just a lot of competition here in the music industry. I feel like the U.S. rock scene is a little more divided into sub genres whereas in Brazil people who like rock like a wider variety of rock. I think that’s something to keep in mind when you accept certain shows and get put on certain bills. Both scenes are amazing though.
BT: Are there any milestones you hope to achieve on this new record cycle?
Daniel: I think releasing it was a big step for us because it’s our first release with our current lineup. I hope it reaches as many people as possible and people connect with it like we have been connecting to it.
BT: How would you say you guys have grown as a band since you formed?
Kiko: One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that every musician has an ego of sorts. They always want to show off their chops. I’ve noticed that the more we work as a unit the more the ego drops. It’s about working together and as a unit. I think that kind of growth and knowing when to play and when not to play is a sign of maturity. That mutual respect for each other is huge.
BT: Is there a message you want fans to take away from your music?
Daniel: It’s mostly about being yourself and following the things you want to do in your life. This record started being written during a time where our previous lineup had fallen apart. It’s all about living a dream and never giving up on that. It’s all about hard work and perseverance.
BT: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Daniel: If any fans want to talk to us or if any fans have any questions feel free to reach out to us, we love talking to people. Check out our EP Let It Rain!
Last modified: February 20, 2017