Peter Kirk is the mastermind behind Panama Wedding. He writes the songs and creates the music and then takes his live band with him along for the ride. Peter's latest Panama Wedding release is the Parallel Play EP. The EP, Kirk's first for Glassnote Records will herald a new album that will be released hopefully by the end of the year. Alternative Addiction recently talked with Kirk about all things Panama Wedding and he took through his unorthodox creation process.
"I write everyday," began the songsmith. "I try to arrange ideas in Pro Tools and things like that. When I get the song to the level where it looks like a finished song and it's arranged in an entire piece, then I move forward with it. I send the song to my management and then Andrew takes it over and starts working on it. This week I've been working on a song. I wrote it the skeleton for it, so far I've put in forty hours of time putting it together. When it's together, Andrew takes it over and elevates the production value. That's how I work. For me, it's hard to start something the producer or with a group of people. A lot of what I can create comes from hours of tinkering with things. It's worked out well so far, maybe somewhere down the line I can have a collaborative process in the beginning, but so far I've liked the way this has worked."
Andrew is Andrew Maury, he's produced the Panama Wedding music with Kirk and his ability to expand on Kirk's music is something that the Panama Wedding frontman marvels at.
"He's done live sounds with Ra Ra Riot for a number of years and he was a part of RAC," said Kirk talking of his producer. "He's had a background with live sound and doing remixing. With all of the people, I recorded this song on my own and then brought it to Andrew and he brought another sonic layer to that song. When it came to the EP he was a natural choice and now we're working with Andrew on the full-length."
When asking about the time frame that Kirk is looking at to complete the debut Panama Wedding album, he refers back to how long it took to create the EP and gave himself some clues and maybe some hope that it won't take that long.
"It took us about four months to finish the EP. I'm hoping that the full length is a quicker process. With the EP we learned how we all work together and what does and what doesn't work. Now, we have more of a template to work with opposed to starting from scratch with the EP. The single was the model, but it was largely hunting for the specific sound that we wanted. I think we found that making the EP and I can't wait to hear it on the album when that's done."
You can listen to Parallel Play from Panama Wedding now.