“Don’t go asking” is a 7 minute moment where Roswitha Nash say: It’s alright
After releasing their smashing debut EP “Fields” that was well received with featured remixes by Madmotormiquel, Genii, Canson, and Noraj Cue The Other Eyes welcomes back Roswita and Nash with their new project moniker called Roswitha Nash. Due to the pandemic they couldn’t bring their sound to the stage. Instead, they poured their quiet Corona hours into creating and can’t wait to share all of it with you.
For now, we are releasing the single “Don’t go asking”. A 7 minute moment where they say: it’s alright. The single is completed with a beautiful slow remix by Berlin’s legendary music duo Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder. Can you hear the promising summer buzzing in the warm chords?
“Don’t go asking” started out as a combination of a sample of a rough legged owl and a few broken bonds between some human people. In its core the story and feeling of the track is about new beginnings. The chords carrying the track are one part “Where do I go next?” and one part “It’s already okay”. For the detailed listener, someone is very softly asking… How are you? But as the vocals loud and clearly answer: We don’t need to ask each other that question anymore. They are old and tired, and whatever is happening now is new, young, and full of potential. It’s alright.
trndmsk: What is the track about for you?
Roswitha Nash: Don’t go asking started out as a combination of a sample of a rough legged owl and a few broken bonds between some human people. In its core the story and feeling of the track is about new beginnings. The chords carrying the track are one part “Where do I go next?” and one part “It’s already okay”. For the detailed listener, someone is very softly asking … How are you? But as the vocals loud and clearly answer: We don’t need to ask each other that question anymore. They are old and tired, and whatever is happening now is new, young, and full of potential. It’s alright.
Are there some special instruments or samples used in this track?
Our favorite sample in this track is that of a rough-legged owl. Of course, the Prophet plays a big role. It’s our favorite synthesizer of all time. Furthermore, the vocals are all Nash’s, sung over each other about 9 times. Roswitha’s voice is also present for the attentive listener…. and is a very important part of the narrative of the track.
Does the remix have the same story for you as the original?
The remix is dreamier, slower. The lyrics are no longer intact and this allows the atmosphere to be interpreted more ‘freely’. Words, after all, generate a more literal meaning in the listener. We feel that the tracks convey the same feeling, but highlights different nuances of the narrative
How do you think Chris and Mira interpreted your track?
We are immensely pleased with this wonderful remix. The build-up is simply fantastic. The beginning resembles the original: many of our original sounds have been kept intact, but it’s a lot slower, making it more dreamy…. And then the moment where the vocals come in! Wow! The way they are chopped up gives us a feeling of alienation. It’s human, and also mechanical. It shows how you can be stuck in a feeling while being distant from it at the same time. It’s such an ambivalent thing, and that makes it very human. And that deep bass line instantly transports you to a Sunday morning at the Bachstelzen (Fusion Festival).
Was that what you expected?
We didn’t expect the original to come out so clearly in the remix. Of course, that’s great when a duo you admire makes this choice! The continuation from the vocals and the drop is then a wonderful piece of its own which makes the track completely Mira & Chris.
Was there a specific track by Chris and Mira that made you ask them to remix your original?
It’s more their overall sound. Not just in their productions, but also in their DJ-sets. There’s always this atmosphere they have that we naturally gravitate to, and because of this we had a gut-feeling that they would be perfect for this remix. We’re happy they thought the same!
Would you ever remix a Chris and Mira track?
We would be thrilled!
Where and how did you produce it?
Most of the track was made in Nash’s studio in Amsterdam-west. A cave of sound equipped with an overload of synths and knobs to turn… Funnily enough, this one was mostly produced in the box, using Ableton as a DAW. We started with a beat that Roswitha made, and Nash sang over it. We had some chords, and then spammed the Crystallizer plugin by Soundtoys.
What’s up next after the release?
First… a well-deserved summer vacation! But have some more tracks waiting to be released, some heavier darker ones and a few that lean more on melodies and harmonies.
Are you working on other projects?
Roswitha is also a filmmaker, and is working on a documentary about burnouts. It’s a heavy subject with some beautiful inspirational moments.
Nash is producing his solowork as well, leaning on slower grooves and a bit more vocals. He’s also touring with some bands as a keyboard player, and producing for other artists.
As Roswitha Nash we are in the studio every week working on new music. We are also developing a live show that we would like to perform with. Finally, we are currently working on a remix for another artist from our label…. So stay tuned!
How have been the last few months for you?
We worked hard to get everything done for this EP release and in the meantime quietly worked on other songs. In addition, we are collaborating in another special way. Roswitha is developing and directing a major documentary this year for which Nash will compose all the music.
What has Corona done with you?
Corona, of course, had a great influence on our lives, as with other musicians. All bookings from March 2020 onwards were cancelled. Fortunately, we were able to continue working in the studio. In addition, Roswitha is also involved in photography and film, and Nash teaches music and production and composes music for films and series, so other work could still go ahead.
What are you looking forward to coming months?
Corona issues fill our mind more than we would like. With everything that has happened, we feel we need to clear our heads and start creating with a clear head after the summer. So we guess our answer is revitalisation.
Where will you perform?
Roswitha first booking after Corona will be a b2b with DJ and good friend Paboona. A performance at a small and intimate festival in north-holland: Warenacht. Nash has a tour coming up with another artist, Robin Borneman. Festivals in the Netherlands will seriously probably start booking again after the summer, so that’s when we can start announcing the shows we have together.
trndmsk: The track you remixed has some lyrics and vocals, did you feel that it told you a story?
Mira & Christopher Schwarzwalder: We tend to let the music tell the story in our tracks and went this way here too as we just took some elements and parts of the vocals to build a new melody fitting to the track.
Your remix starts with elements from the original, after which new elements of the track take over more and more. How do you view this? Was it a conscious decision, did you want to show another side of the track? What inspired you to take it into a new direction?
This kind of happened on the way as we found more and more elements which catch the mood of the track. After a while we decided to go for a two parter where we introduce the original in the beginning and let our elements take over slowly in the middle.
Was there an element in the original that made you think: “We have to remix this”?
As far as I remember we were in as soon as we heard the chords.
Is there any music you’re working on right now that we can look forward to?
We are in the middle of producing a new EP featuring several artists. With a little surprise attached. More soon.