How did you guys first meet? When was Home Body conceived and then first arrived a stage?
We met over six years ago at Hampshire College and fell madly in love. Then, about a year and a half ago we started making music together. Eric has been playing music for a long time, and Haley has a background in performance, so it made sense to try to collaborate and make a band.
Neither of us are traditionally trained musicians - we can't read or notate music - and so it took us some trial and error to find a common language to talk about music, and create the right balance of machine and vocals. But we kept pushing and playing around and finally found the magical recipe. We played our first show on New Years Eve 2011, and haven't looked back. We are having a fucking blast.
You have a pretty sweet arsenal of pedals and other electronic devices like a drum machine and note sequencer . What is the full list of gear you travel around with? What were some of your influences to start writing music with these electronic devices?
Eric uses a Korg MS 2000, a Korg Electribe ESX-1 sampler, an Electribe EA-1 note sequencer. Haley uses a Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer pedal, as well as a Behringer Digital Delay pedal and a Boss RC-20XL loop station.
Eric has been making music with these machines for ten years. It's not as if he ever made a decision to make electronic music, it's just the music he has always made. Some of his early influences were Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and Aphex Twin.