Chatterbox: Sleeping Lion talks to us about working with Cass Miller, their new single ‘How We Know’ and their LA anniversary

Hey, welcome back! Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

When I first met Noah it had nothing to do with music, we actually met because of a book. While I was moving into my college dorm I saw a copy of David Foster Wallace’s novel “Infinite Jest” in Noah’s room and that’s how we first started talking.

How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

I’ve been jokingly calling it “pop-adjacent” but I stand by it! I think our sound often shifts between genres and blends various elements from those genre together, but at the core of our music there’s a pop sensibility and an unwavering authenticity.

You’ve been in LA almost a year now, how has the move impacted you?

It’s been a whirlwind of a first year! This move has really been a huge change for us especially when it comes to collaboration. There is such a collaborative spirit in Los Angeles and we’ve been luck to meet & work with so many incredible artists out here. In Boston we mostly kept to ourselves, but since moving to Los Angeles we’ve been writing/producing with/for other artists almost every day alongside making our own music. 

What does the new single draw upon thematically?

Thematically, Cass & I were thinking about what it really meant to know you loved someone. We realized that often it’s not one big moment, but a slow progression, sometimes even realized in retrospect after the relationship is over. We drew on personal experiences to write about the nuance of figuring out “how we know” we really felt how we felt.

Did the track evolve significantly in the studio from the original demo?

When we made this track, Cass & I were in Los Angeles and Noah was in Boston. The day we wrote the song, Cass & I sent Noah a piano/vocal version for him to hear. Usually it takes Noah a few days to create an early production demo from those piano versions, but I woke up the next morning to a demo that sounded very close to what the final track wound up being. We were off to the races from there!

How was working with Cass?

Working with Cass was awesome! We had been playing Universal City Walk together for a few months by the time we got into our first session, so we were already good friends by the time we started writing “How We Know”. Despite the heavy subject matter, I remember the session for “How We Know” being really lighthearted & funny. Since that session we’ve actually written a few more songs together.

Was the collaborative process smooth or did it take some time?

This song came together faster than any track we’ve ever worked on. I think it’s because we were all really feeling it and were ready to give it all we got. But to give you an idea: we wrote the piano demo on June 26th (2018), had the production demo done by the next day, and released it on August 17th; that’s definitely abnormal for a song!

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

We’re really looking forward to the next few months! We have a new single with Evangelia called “Window Seat” coming very soon and some of the artist’s we’ve written/produced with are putting out the songs we’ve worked on in the coming months. We’re also aiming to play more shows and LA fans can see us perform on September 25th at Madame Siam in Hollywood!


One thought on “Chatterbox: Sleeping Lion talks to us about working with Cass Miller, their new single ‘How We Know’ and their LA anniversary

  1. Thanks for sharing, I really love this interview and love this bands music. Which other artists would you recommend listening to?


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