TUNE Big Red Machine - I Won't Run From It
In 2008, Aaron Dessner (The National) sent Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) an instrumental sketch of a song called "Big Red Machine" for the album, Dark Was the Night. This was before they had met in person. Justin wrote a song to it, interpreting the Big Red Machine title as a heart. 10 years of friendship and collaboration later, there are 10 more songs. Big Red Machine.
Aaron and Justin developed the material for Big Red Machine over the past two years as the foundation for improvised live sets at the Eaux Claires, Haven and Sounds from a Safe Harbour festivals in the summer of 2017, performing the song sketches with different collaborators each time. The record was subsequently produced by Justin and Aaron with longtime collaborator, Brad Cook, and recorded and mixed by Jonathan Low, primarily at Aaron’s studio Long Pond in Upper Hudson Valley, NY. Each song on Big Red Machineincludes a large number of contributors via the PEOPLE collective.
“I don’t think the record would exist without the community that came together to make it,” says Aaron. “We took the music to a certain point, and then we reached out and sent it far and wide, inviting friends to contribute any and all ideas. We’ve viewed the record and the process from a community standpoint. We’re incredibly excited about it, as excited as we would be for any album we might make in another situation that’s more conventional. But this feels like something new—the process felt different and the outcome felt different.”
PEOPLE is a steadily growing group of international artists who have come together to create and share their work freely, with each other and everyone. It was born out of a wish to establish an independent and nurturing space in which to make work (generally around music) that is collaborative, spontaneous and expressive in nature.
PEOPLE is for the benefit and development of the artists involved and, just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output. It is as much about the process of making work and showing all that openly, as the final outcome.