Inc.'s Andrew and Daniel Aged: "We're Trying to Get the Soul Out of the Body"
It's fitting that it should take a while to get the two brothers behind the hushed, soulful music of Los Angeles' Inc. out of their shells. They spoke in soft, halting voices over the phone during a conference call last week. It's a big contrast to the smooth, sophisti-pop neo-soul meets dream-pop stylings of their music.
Guitarist and lead vocalist Andrew Aged sings in a breathy, quavering, almost whispered voice. But his guitar work has a shiny, resonant, clean liquid luster with beats that echo or swing. Meanwhile, Daniel Aged brings throbbing bass work to the mix and a second set of pipes that add an extra layer of luscious quality to the mix.
Now they're headed to Miami for a debut live appearance. They promise a special late-night performance at The Stage. But first, you have to get them to loosen up a bit.
Crossfade: Since you guys are brothers, is it hard or easy to collaborate?
Daniel Aged: I'm not sure, you know.
Well, what makes it work for you guys?
Andrew Aged: Umm ... I'm trying to think ... Help me.
Daniel: The music and the love.
Don't you guys get into serious arguments?
Daniel: Yeah, but it comes down to the real stuff. The real stuff outweighs all of that. That stuff's there, but the music's deeper, so we try to focus on that.
That makes me wonder. How old were you guys when you got into your instruments?
Andrew: We were 11 and 12. First, me, Andrew [the eldest], on the guitar and then Daniel on the bass, and then from there we kind of became interested in other things as well, vocals for myself and production and music at large, we became more interested in time.
And what were you doing before you picked up your guitars as brothers?
Daniel: Going to the beach with our mom and going to the river by our house and watching Sesame Street and stuff like that.
I read this article that could not stop bringing up '80s-era Prince as a comparison. How do you feel about the comparison?
Andrew: That's kind of maybe a little short-sighted. It's kind of like, OK, it's cool, but the 80s is not really a thing for us. What can you do? We don't take the press stuff to heart because we just do our music, and we can't really be dependent on how people perceive it. It doesn't really have much bearing on us, I guess.
I'm curious because I saw the "Black Wings" video, and I read these comparisons to retro soul and all that stuff. But there's also something more ethereal going on, something almost spooky about the music.
Andrew: Yeah, exactly. I mean, that's part of the music. We're taking so many elements of music that we find interesting. On that song in particular, we're coming more from a place of interjecting something like the feelings of grunge music. Because, when we were young, we had an anarchist feeling and attitude toward music where there was no one thing that defines music. We feel that that song, even the whole album, is an ethereal approach. So that song's a good example where we're taking elements like grunge -- 'cause of their spirit, not on an aesthetic level. We're trying to take the spirit of their music and let them kind of fly together.