Internet Dating - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Deano Erickson of Internet Dating. We discussed creating a cohesive piece of art with new album, ‘Incomplete Control’, his songwriting process, lyrical inspiration, filming videos during the pandemic, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview.

Thank you for reaching out to me!

You recently released your new album ‘Incomplete Control’. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the album?


This is the first album I've released under the Internet Dating moniker. EPs in the past have felt more like a collection of songs that went well together, but they feel more like individual songs. I set out to write an album full of songs that complement each other and work together to create a cohesive piece of art.


I recorded a large portion of the album with Ryan Wasoba at Bird Cloud Studios, and brought in Trevor Aarsvold on double bass for the whole album. Ryan is a really fun person to work with. He's a brilliant engineer, and he contributed a lot of really cool ideas that helped bring the songs to life. 

Did you try anything new with your writing process this time around?


Not really! I'm constantly writing songs for Internet Dating and half those songs will probably never see the light of day! These songs came to me in such a wild variety of ways, it's a process that's ever changing and developing. Some of these songs are a few years old, one was written 5 days before going to the studio to record.

You released “Meddle In The Middle” as a single. Did you always know that was a special song for you when you finished it?


I knew the song was special when I was recording bass with Trevor. I remember the first time I heard the simple, pulsing eighth notes over the chorus and how much life I thought that subtle addition brought to that song. It adds a dancy flair that I thought would be perfect for a music video with choreography.

What was the writing process like for that song specifically? What was your lyrical inspiration for it?

I wrote that song about not feeling ready to be close with someone I was connecting with on a deep level. It’s about not having the right words to express how you feel, and that it's okay to be confused and indecisive when you're uncertain on how you feel.

The video for “Meddle In The Middle” is really interesting. Who came up with the concept for it? What was it like creating a video during these times?

It was definitely challenging creating a video during the pandemic! We wore masks to rehearsals, had meetings spaced out in parks, and filmed spread out, outside. Walt and I spent a lot of time going over the camera path because it's all done in one shot and we wanted to make sure we captured everything within the time frame of the song. 

You released your album with Brace Cove Records. How involved were you in designing the physical options? 

Brace Cove Records took all the artwork Walter Smits had done for the release and designed all the physicals! Alexis Politz designed the zines and the layouts. They do incredible work, it was comforting knowing BCR cared so much about the release and wanted to go the extra mile creating physicals copies that complement Walt’s artwork and the release.

Tell us more about creating and designing the cover artwork. 

My good friend Walter Smits created the album cover on a 5'x5' canvas, he also took all the photos and made the music videos.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Be sure to check out Brace Cove Records! Thank you for checking out the new album :)

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