EK: I was shocked at how well things went. We had so little time and such ambition, but I never felt there was pressure, which was different for me. I have been very serious in the recording sessions before, because I am prepared and have the emotional weight of the songs. But these songs were spontaneous and spoke about how we felt back then. We laughed so much and didn’t do as many takes of anything. That was my biggest thing to remember: striving for perfect vocal pickup isn’t what it’s all about.
MD: It was a truly ego-free experience. I think that’s how it should be all the time. Even if some things didn’t work, we would laugh about it and move on.
EK: I never had my feelings hurt and I think vice versa. For example, there was this beat that Melina did that sounded like something playing during a hacker scene. I said to myself: “I have an idea!” I started playing really bad slide guitar and it was one of the worst things.
MD: You have a bottle of Tabasco [to use as the slide]! I was like, “This is not going to work!” Then we came up with the name Tabasco Slide.
EK: It was our fake band name.
MD: Honestly, I’m angry we didn’t use it.
EK: Our two partners told me: “It looks like a white rapper.”
So how did you actually choose the name Bachelor?
MD: I love ABC The single person. I’ve been watching for a long time and think this is one of the craziest shows out there. It’s so strange and so straight and the values of the conjugal family are so funny. It’s really messed up and it’s really fun.
EK: I couldn’t forget that one of the gayest people I know obsessed with the most honest media. We were joking that the name Bachelor is funny to both of us, because we’re just these two queer introverts, and I think with “Bachelor” you get a picture in your head of this straight man and a bouquet. of roses. We kind of felt like, “It’s the complete opposite of who we are.”
What have you each learned about yourself as a team?
MD: I learned how special friendship and working relationships can be. Before making the album I was really stressed out about being Jay Som and always having to talk about myself and think about what my next move would be. I hadn’t realized how much I needed to be with a friend and to laugh, and to be with someone who inspires me so much. No one else plays guitar or writes music like Ellen. I don’t know a lot of people like her and when you have this you have to really treasure it. I love you man!
EK: I love you too! One of the things we talked about a lot was being really young solo artists. I started at 19 and you started not that long after. It’s too much of a responsibility to put someone at that age. A lot of who I am is shaped by being exposed at this age, especially as a queer woman. It was nice to be able to really talk to someone who understood that, because a lot of people would say, “Oh shut up, stop complaining.” Working with Melina reminded me why I make music. There are some people [in the music industry] who love to make you feel bad about yourself, but our friendship has built a little shield around us. We can erase the bullshit a lot easier.