Singled Out: Okta Logue's Dream On

Today Benno Herz from Okta Logue tells us about the song "Dream On" from their brand new album "Tales Of Transit City," which is being released today (September 30th). Here is the story:

When we started working on "Dream On" we already had a bunch of songs together. We wanted to bring some variety to the album with something like an acoustic ballad that diversifies from the rest of the album, so I came up with that verse and some guitar chords. We started jamming around and Nicolai left his place at the organ and started playing around on this old bar piano friends gave us some time ago. So we worked out the groove with the acoustic guitar and the piano and Robert figured out this kind of 'Ringo-esk' beat… After we were done with the verses and the chorus we thought there's still something missing to the song, and not only some simple bridge part. We kept jamming on the chords and Nicolai came up with that western-saloon piano solo and we first started to laugh so hard, but after playing it for some time we thought, this is also kind of cool and we decided to keep it in the song! But there still was this feeling to contrast this really happy part with some kind of relaxed solo. So Philip did it with this really smooth guitar solo and Nicolai switched to the organ and BAM, there was this magic to it and we thought that's it!

At this time there was a different chorus in the song that Philip and me didn't quite like, so we met two days later in my apartment to try to find a new chorus that fit more to the feeling and the message of the song. We were having some glasses of wine and wrote the "I wish this could be real" part on which Nicolai added this hooky piano line. Now we thought we had everything together but after some weeks of rehearsing the song we all had this strange feeling that though we all liked the song, it still needed something else… We started jamming the instrumental part again and Philip tried to find a cool melody on his lap steel guitar and after a while he found this amazing lick that reminded us of some cool road-movies, or something like that. But combined with the acoustic guitars and the groove there was also this country cheesyness to it, so once again we wanted to contrast this new style of the song with some other colour and Nicolai came up with the idea of adding some warm analog sounding synthesizers. When he played this line on his synthesizer at first we're all like, really skeptic about it because it suddenly gave the song a different feeling. We took some time to think about it, but after a couple of days it just felt right and it gave the song this unique style. Robert added those heavy reverb tambourines on the recording to get this dream pop touch in the song. Our Mixer just had the right feeling with the song and mixed it very warm and organic so when it came back from the studio we all loved it from the beginning.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself with a full album stream here and learn more about the album and grab their upcoming tour dates right here!


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