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Symbiosis - Callecat's Album on Manual Music

What is the inspiration behind this album?

The inspiration behind “Symbiosis” stems from the idea of togetherness and the magic that happens when different people come together. We believe that the best music is created when people collaborate and bring their unique perspectives and talents to the table. This album is a reflection of that belief, showcasing the harmony and synergy between us and our amazing collaborators.

When did you start composing and tell us if there were any time gaps or creative blocks? If there were creative roadblocks, what did you do to overcome them?

We started working on “Symbiosis” in early 2022. Like any creative process, we did encounter some roadblocks along the way. There were moments when inspiration didn't flow as easily or when we felt stuck on a particular track. During those times, stepping back and taking a break was crucial. We found that immersing ourselves in different experiences, whether it was attending live shows, or locking ourselves up in a cabin in the Dutch woods to enjoy nature and get inspired by, helped rejuvenate our creativity. Collaborating with other artists also brought fresh ideas and perspectives, which was incredibly motivating.

How does the name “Symbiosis” define your album and why?

“Symbiosis” perfectly encapsulates the essence of this album. The term refers to a mutually beneficial relationship between different organisms, and that’s exactly what we aimed to achieve with our music. Each track is a product of collaboration, blending our styles with those of our collaborators to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The album flows seamlessly, much like a symbiotic relationship, where every element supports and enhances the other.

What has been your emotional investment in this project?

Our emotional investment in “Symbiosis” has been immense. This album is not just a collection of tracks; it’s a sum of our experiences, relationships, and growth as artists. We poured our hearts into every aspect, from the initial concept to the artists that we asked to join, to the artwork and the final production. Each track tells a story and represents a piece of our journey. Sharing this album with the world feels deeply personal, and we hope listeners can feel the passion and dedication we’ve put into it.

Talk to us about label management. How challenging is it?

For this project, the process has felt very natural. When Paul Hazendonk, the Manual Music label boss, approached us about two years ago with the idea of creating an album for Manual Music, we were immediately on board. We had previously released a few tracks with Manual Music and felt very much at home with the label. Paul has been a big part in shaping the creative spirit of the album. His support, combined with the freedom from strict deadlines or predefined sounds, allowed us to truly deliver on our vision. In many ways, releasing the album on Manual Music has been a symbiotic relationship as well!

If there is one emotion that you would associate with this album, what would that be and why?

If we had to choose one emotion to associate with “Symbiosis,” it would be euphoria. The album is designed to take listeners on a journey, from gentle, dreamy melodies to vibrant, dancefloor-focused tracks. Our goal was to create music that calls a sense of happiness, whether you're listening at home or dancing in a club. We hope that the energy and emotion we’ve infused into each track resonate with our audience.

A greater set of the demography is unaware of the challenges artists regularly face on their path to success, what’s yours?

One of the biggest challenges we face is keeping a steady flow of creativity while dealing with the pressures of daily life and the music industry. Sometimes, inspiration is hard to find, and the need to constantly create can be stressful. Additionally, handling the practical side of being an artist, like managing schedules, promoting our music, and dealing with business matters, can be tough. Luckily, we are a duo and complement each other very well in different tasks, and growing together in this is part of what makes the journey so much fun!

When you were making this album, how much of it was influenced from a commercial point of view?

Our primary focus was on creating music that felt authentic and true to our vision. We wanted “Symbiosis” to reflect our artistic growth and the collaborative spirit that defines Callecat. That said, we did consider how the tracks would resonate with our audience and perform in a club setting. Striking a balance between our creative vision and commercial point of view is somewhat of a challenge, but we believe we’ve achieved it with this album.

Lastly, I leave this space for you to comment, leave a remark, or a message to fans. Feel free to speak your heart out.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us on this journey, it means a lot to us. “Symbiosis” is a testament to the power of collaboration and the magic that happens when people come together. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it. Stay tuned for more exciting projects, we will start with remix EPs after the summer with some amazing artists, and we can’t wait to see you on the dance floor soon!

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