You both play many instruments (guitar, keys, clarinet, voice). What was your original instrument?
Lisle: Like Kristine, I started playing piano at a young age. Unlike her however, I mostly stuck to "the great composers" like Bach. Looking back, I probably played everything at half the speed it really was supposed to be played at. Perhaps, because of this, it's the "largo" type pieces with slowly unraveling melodies that I love these days. Overall, my piano/keyboard skill-set is quite different than Kristine. Where she has much more skill with jazz and blues scales and with electro-mechanical keyboards, my sluggish playing has made my skills more rooted in the synthesizer / organ tradition.
2. How did you two meet and decide to start making music together?
Kristine: It was kind of due to convenience. Lisle likes recording, I like songwriting. Lisle likes playing music, I like performing.
If you could have access to any musician or studio or piece of equipment, what would you want to include on your next album?
Kristine: I'd love to record at the Brill building, with a bunch of French session guys in the 1960's or a turn of the century church.
Lisle: I really love somewhat quirky old gear. I'm not usually a big fan of many modern production techniques and so I have very little interest in acquiring / utilizing equipment which may be "the standard" in modern studios all over the world. My dream would be to have access to a typical late 60's / early 70's small studio with a rack of old Telefunken pre-amps, lots of German mics and a proper dedicated space to record in.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Lisle: While I'm probably no better than your average 11 year old, I do quite like playing Nintendo games, and I'd like to think I'm reasonably OK at them. I could at least probably tell you where most of the heart containers are in any given Zelda game...If only had a talent with more practical real-world applications! Which reminds me, I'm pretty OK with fixing computers as well, but again, probably no better than your average 11 year old. Kids make me pretty obsolete I guess.
Kristine: Not really.
What do you hide under your bed?
Lisle: Old clothes that I'm too sentimental to get rid of, but that I really wouldn't ever wear anymore.
Kristine: Towels and duvet covers.
Kristine's favorite songs:
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1. for getting through a tough day at work - Dirty Dream Number Two: Belle & Sebastian
2. that I was part of the recording - You Disappear: Tiny Microphone
3. classical piece - Mozart Serenade No 10 In B Flat Major
4. to listen to at high volume - Pulled Up: Talking Heads
5. by an mostly or all-female band - Right Now and Not Later: Shangri-Las
6. that has the sound of jingle bells in it - Hit the Snow: Aislers Set
7. from a lesser-known artist - Amy Needs a Vacation: Saharan Gazelle Boy
8. sung in a foreign language - Si Tu Ganges Au Flipper: Chantal Goya
Lisle's favorite songs:
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1. from before 1970: The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning2. that has the sound of jingle bells in it: Asobi Seksu - Layers
3. in an odd time signature: The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
4. that I was part of the recording: Tiny Fireflies - Don't Wait Until I Fall Asleep
5. classical piece: Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique"
6. by an mostly or all-female band: Tiger Trap - Sour Grass
7. to listen to at high volume: David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
8. in a foreign language: Françoise Hardy - Voilà