Win But­ler: “We tried to find our own mu­si­cal lan­guage for this mod­ern mo­ment”

Re­flek­tor was in­flu­enced by Haiti; what places made their

mark this time? New Or­leans has a huge in­flu­ence on the over­all at­mos­phere the record was cre­ated in. It was mixed in the mid­dle of car­ni­val sea­son, with Mardi Gras rag­ing around us. Things were so crazy in the US po­lit­i­cally, but New Or­leans seems to ex­ist out of time. You can feel all the trauma the city has sur­vived, and it made it feel like the cur­rent cri­sis we face is pos­si­ble to over­come. It felt like a sim­i­lar soup to early punk and new wave move­ments in Lon­don and New York in the late ’70s, where punk kids were go­ing to dis­cos in Man­hat­tan and hang­ing at dance halls in Lon­don. In Mon­treal, there’s a fas­ci­nat­ing mix of French, African and Haitian cul­tures, and in New Or­leans it’s hip-hop, brass mu­sic and jazz. We tried to find our own mu­si­cal lan­guage for this very mod­ern mo­ment, where all genre and sense of clique has been evap­o­rated.

What were the pri­mary mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions?

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