Wellington, New Zealand is where one Daniel Johann Lines, the mind and more behind Adore, 1996 dwells. Lines used to work under his own name and the moniker Salvia Palth (a lo-fi drone-pop project utilizing the likes of his good friend Ike Zwanikken of Eskimo Eyes // his music and photo-talk here), though, more recently you might know him as Adore, 1996. A desire to deviate from the past and to begin making music more reflective of his growing thoughts and ideas, Lines found himself inspired to start anew. Following his past nine self-recorded albums, ranging from more acoustic inspired sounds to drone, ambience, and more, Adore, 1996, affords a more dream-pop, alternative, shoe-gaze feel.
“Went Home About It” is Adore, 1996’s first single and offers a glimpse of what is coming on the new full length release, entitled Winter. The song begins strongly, showcasing Lines’ emotive lyrics propelled forward by reliable drums and layers of ambient haze, encapsulating a range of different emotions, all seeming to end before one is able to realize. As it comes to an end, everything seems to gradually float away with the simple and haunting repetition of the words, “I don’t need you, but I want you.”
Stay tuned, Adore, 1996’s first full self-released record Winter will be available very soon. Additionally, through the lovely people of Ozona Records, the single “Went Home About It” and the b-sides of Winter will be physically released as well. Listen to the single while reading some lovely words exchanged with Daniel about his past and his newest project, Adore, 1996 below:
1. Hello there! Could you please tell us a little bit yourself…
DJL: My name is Daniel Johann Lines and I’m not old enough to be taken seriously yet. The only things I’m interested in right now are music, friends and… probably no third thing.
2. It is not hard to see that you have quite a history with music, from making songs under your own name, as Salvia Plath, and now Adore, 1996, I’m wondering what drew you to music in the first place? How did everything start?
DJL: I don’t know. I started making music on whim really. I guess I was really into the Chili Peppers and I just kind of thought “Why don’t I try doing this?” I mean obviously I don’t make music that’s similar to them in any way, but really when I think about it all comes back them every time.
3. Your newest project is called Adore, 1996. Why did you change your name and how did you pick this one? Are you recycling any of your old sound or old songs?
DJL: The name change to Adore, 1996 just sort of came from a mixture of restlessness and regret. The name Salvia Palth was kind of dumb. I was like 15 or something when I started it, don’t judge me. It is essentially the same project, just the songs are longer and slower in general (Went Home About It excluded, obviously.) As far as recycling old songs goes there is one old song on the album, but it’s from like 3 years ago or something when I was releasing music under Daniel Johann so it’s not something most people would recognise. I’ve always been fascinated by musicians who revisit there old songs in a new edition or a sequel, like Phil Elverum often does. To extend the story or to revisit previous existing ideas that were presented in an older composition seems to be a songwriting technique that most people write off as lazy but to me it seems the most natural way to extend a narrative or idea.
4. Where are you hoping to go with Adore, 1996?
DJL: I’m not hoping for anything. I just like to wait and see.
5. Are there any musicians who inspire your sounds or some great favourites? ~~~You did a really awesome Microphones cover on Little Voice and you got to open for Microphones when they were on tour in New Zealand! Whoa, how was that?
DJL: There are a lot of people who inspire me. I think Phil Elverum is the greatest man alive, and that Elliott Smith was the greatest songwriter who ever lived. Arca is my favourite producer. I slept to Low’s “I Could Live In Hope” every day for three months last year. YYU is the most innovative musician out there and his album Ghost Toast was and is still the only thing I’ve ever heard like it. I love Drake and 40. I love Lil Ugly Mane. I love Andre 3000. I love Mark Kozelek. I heard the new Cities Aviv album last night and I thought it was great. I love Rihanna. I love Springsteen.
I opened for Phil Elverum when he played in a tiny town a little out from my home town at the start of last year. He did a full tour of New Zealand and I saw him twice. He played “The Moon” and I cried. I got him to sign my Glow Pt. 2 vinyl and I bought Ocean Roar. I played songs from back when I was playing under Daniel Johann and Dali was on drums and Ike was on guitar.
6. Please explain this.
DJL: I’m so sorry you had to see that.
7. What is your favourite tea or drink?
DJL: Arizona Iced Tea (peach and pomegranate). Assam Milk Tea (apple and strawberry flavours). Damask Rose Tea. Ramune (lychee flavour).
8. What was the last thing that made you really excited or happy or feel lots of things?
9. You did a cool split with Dali (of Absent Parents) that came out a little more than 1 year ago. Also, Ike (of Eskimo Eyes) plays drums for you on some of your tunes. How was it working with these guys? Are you influenced by their sounds at all, and/or are you looking to collaborate with them in the future?
DJL: I’ve known Ike since I was 5 years old. We went to the same school until I was 14, I think. So I’ve known him forever. As for Dali, I met him through Ike when I was like 16 or something. I was in a post punk/skramz band called Your Beautiful House with Dali on drums and Ike on guitar for a I while. I sang and played toy keyboards into a feedbacking amp. I was very loud. There’s one video of the band playing a song out there and Indian men keep on liking the facebook page and I can’t figure out why.
Before that I was in a Mumford and Son’s-esque folk band with Dali on vocals and like seven other people playing various instruments. There’s one album out there and it’s kind of embarrassing.
And even earlier than that Ike and I made an instrumental acoustic EP all in one night that’s out there somewhere.
I guess there’s always the inevitability of working with either of them at one point or another. I never really think about it. Ike and I still make comedy music sometimes.
10. What would you have people keep an eye out for Adore, 1996?
DJL: There’s a new full album coming out eventually. It’s like 95% done or something. It’s called Winter, I’ve picked an album cover, the tracklisting is finalised. I just need to figure out a couple of things in like one song and fix that and then I can start mastering it. Apart from that I’m working on making a physical cassette for “Went Home About It”, the single. After that you can probably expect an album of electronic music at some point in the next two years.
11. How would you describe your sound in 4 words?
DJL: Cool, Hip, Trendy, Fake
12. What is one thing you think people should know about, you, Adore, 1996, or what do you think people need to know about life in general?
DJL: I don’t know. Probably just that making music isn’t as hard as people make it out to be. If there’s anything that annoys me the most, it would have to be people who complain about being unable to make music. It’s the 21st century. Everything has a microphone attached to it. There’s an app for everything.
13. Your song “Crawl Out (All Day)” –from the days when you made music under your own name—is really interesting and stuck out to me. What were you thinking about when you wrote it or how did it come about?
DJL: I have no idea. Little Voice was just a collection of things I recorded on a dictaphone sometime. At some point. Across a period of time in my life. Just little sketches of songs. None of them are fully realised or finished compositions. I used to like that, just throwing out random unfinished fragments. I can’t really bring myself to do that anymore though, it has to sound exactly how I want it to before I’m happy with it.
14. What releases have really stuck out to you that have come out this year so far? What have you been listening to on repeat or simply what are your favourite songs right now?
DJL: Burial’s new EP that came out at the end of last year was incredible. The new Ricky Eat Acid is great. I haven’t listened to the new Have A Nice Life album yet but I’m sure it’s great. The new Cities Aviv is, as I said, great. The new Xiu Xiu album is truly something special and I love it to bits. My Arca vinyl came the other day, for his mixtape &&&&&. It’s etched and only has music on one side, such a beautiful item and I play it almost every day.
15. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
DJL: If I could be anywhere in the world I would be in Switzerland. the whole country is so beautiful. I lived there for a couple of months two years ago and it was a truly transformative experience. I’m going to have to go there again before I can bring myself to travel anywhere else.
Thanks for reading! Keep in touch with Adore, 1996 for more new music and exciting upcoming releases: