G-High from Monotree entered the session with BBC with LOONATIC's project file on hand.
Before he had BBC listen to it, the topic was on producing kpop that grasps the general public's attention.
He said he brought in the song because it was produced in the opposite manner.
Side story: Before playing it for them at the session, he said it was perhaps the song with the quietest vocal track in 2017. But then while playing, the vocals were WAY clearer in that pre-release mix [than what was released]. He thought he heard it better just because it was a demo mix, but even the composer, after hearing it, said the vocals were so audible, and was surprised.
There are songs that are designed for concepts/plans requested from the company, and there are also songs without specific plans written in advance. LOONATIC was the former.
The company's orders were to make a song that sounds like Grimes. G-High didn't know about Grimes, but to create LOONATIC he listened to Grimes a lot, and ended up loving her work. The host asked "wasn't the song a bit too bright to reference Grimes?" and he responded, "it has to sell though" laughing.
He said BBC allows for a lot more experimental music, and those kinds of companies tend to request Monotree to work with them. See onandoff.
Host asks Monotree if they communicate a lot with the artists to create their music. Monotree says LOONA's plans are already set by the company, so they didn't in that case. They communicated while recording, of course. And they're already in tune/friendly with LOONA so they know their specialties by now and consider that in production.
G-High's intended vibes for LOONATIC: "4-D", or eccentric/airhead-y, Grimes' old "rocking" vibes, more "wet" than "dry", meaning that audio feels like it could fly away. It's a different idea of "wet" from most. (T/N: Might be an audio thing. Wettest signal: maximize the effect (reverb). Dry signal: zero effect)
Wanting to give a different sound than normal, he intentionally cranked up the reverb and had the bass on a lighter tone, and even used 4 tracks to maintain lightness. The trend for minimalist music is to emphasis bass and cut the highs, but this song does the opposite. To get the electric guitar in the chorus feeling super airy (enough to feel like it could fly away), they recorded in mono twice, created a stereo mix from that, then panned left and right afterwards.
The host seemed to have the most enthusiasm in this panel (of 5 total). G-High seems gentle and fun to be around.
–LOONATIC production story with G-High (MonoTree) - (eng: @orrery_nim)