Chatterbox: Sleeping Lion

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

Sleeping Lion is a Boston-based duo made up of Nate Flaks (me) & Noah Longworth McGuire. We met our freshmen year of college when we lived a few doors down from each other. My roommates would go to sleep really early, so I used to go down the hall to hang out with Noah & his roommates. Originally we wound up in a folk band together before very quickly deciding to do electronic music & we wrote our first EP remotely via Skype while I was living in New York & Noah was living in Rome, Italy.

Where did the new single come from?

The new single comes from a really personal place for both of us. Noah had started making some early instrumental demos for it during the winter holidays & he would send them my way to see if it inspired anything. At the time I was in the middle of a breakup with my now-ex & co-writer (Abby) & we wound up writing this song together as a way of indirectly talking about our breakup. She even sang in unison with us on the track. I think that weigh & context inspired Noah to include & sample all kinds of found sounds from our own life to make the track more personal from a sonic standpoint.

From there we kept hearing things we felt would add to the cinematic vibe of the song like violin (performed by Seamus Guy) & cello (performed by Cristobal Cruz-Garcia). Also, while we were working on the track, our friend Jacob Reske (from Opia) was visiting Boston, so he sang some of the vocal layers at the end. It’s a collaboration with a personal stake, but I think that’s what resonated the most with us while we were working on it.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

We have some remixes & some tracks we’ve been featured on coming out next month, as well as a follow up single coming in the early summer.

What’s on the horizon for you?

We’re moving to LA in September, so we’re really getting ready for that jump. We’re looking forward to finally hanging out & collaborating with the friends we’ve made through this growing music community (& we’re also happy to avoid another Boston winter). We recently visited Nashville as well, so we’re hoping to go back there again in summer to do some co-writing. It’s exciting because right now anything can happen & we’re open to anything & everything, so we’re going to keep working & see where it goes!

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