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INTERVIEW: Sweettalker

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

(David) We’re great! Insanely busy, but it’s been fun, so I have no complaints, haha.

(Ryan) Hey!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Jenny”?

(David) We’re so relieved to have finally released Jenny. We’ve been working really hard on this song as well as several others. Jenny was the first to come out, and we were excited to just get it out there.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

(David) Yes and no. The song outwardly talks about a bad relationship, but also lends itself to be about something else entirely different.

How was the film experience?

(David) It was the best. Cappa, Clayton and Joel (Behold The Brave) are the best people ever and we love them dearly. All of our favorite people in Nashville came and partied hard for the shoot. It was incredible. Stephen Levy is an awesome director and easy to work with. We gearing up to shoot another pretty soon. We can’t wait, hah.

(Ryan) Yeah it’s interesting to look at the finished product and see all the planning and time we spent flash by in 3 minutes, haha. We definitely learned a bunch about the process on this one, and of course it’s spawned all kinds of new ideas so we’re pumped to just do it again.

The single comes off your new EP – any tentative title in mind?

(David) We’ve talked about that. It’s still in discussion. We haven’t released any news about an EP/LP yet.

How was the recording and writing process?

(Ryan) It’s the grandest and most consistent test of my patience and tenacity but it’s probably my favorite part of it all. There’s something about finally hearing a song you wrote played back at a badass studio. Makes a man proud.

(David) It’s never a process you walk away from. We’re always writing new stuff and rewriting songs we’ve already written. We’re in the studio at least once a month. We do most of our stuff at Glow In The Dark in Atlanta, but we’ve done some stuff here in Nashville at Oceanway as well. Matt McClellan is involved in a lot of the process. He gets just as fired up as we do about making the best of every song. He’s our go-to guy.

What was it like to work with CAPPA and how did that relationship develop?

(Ryan) We’ve always supported and loved what CAPPA is doing and just wanted to be a part of it in our own way. She’s a dear friend and one of the hardest working artists I know here in town. She deserves all the success in the world and we’re super excited to have her in our corner//song//video. Go listen to CAPPA!

(David) I’ve known Carla ever since I moved to Nashville years ago. She’s so talented and so sweet; we couldn’t imagine asking anyone else to be the female lead. I’ve actually been in a couple of her videos and it’s always so fun, so it was a no-brainer. Carla also sang those creepy vocal parts after the bridge drops out. It just worked out perfectly.

How has Nashville have influence your sound?

(David) Nashville has one of the most eclectic music scenes I’ve seen. There’s so much talent here. The artists and musicians have set the colloquial bar high. Nashville inspires authenticity more than anything. We’ve worked with Nashville producers before, and they have their methods that are keen to this city, and they’ve helped shaped us a lot. We’ll always be grateful. I’d say it’s mostly the attitude of people we’ve met here that have influenced our sound. Nashville to me is all for being exactly who you are and making no apologies.

(Ryan) Living here has absolutely changed my perspective, but not the way one might imagine just knowing what most know of Nashville. It has a strange effect on things after a while, living here. I’ve found it to be on the upside, a challenge to become a better player and songwriter; and on the downside, desensitizing. Not to sound negative, I LOVE Nashville, just not for the reasons I thought I might.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

(David) Of course! The songs are there, we’re just getting the ducks in a row.

(Ryan) Yeah, we’re heading back down to Atl this month to finish up some new tracks.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

(Ryan) SOON! We can’t wait to show y’all more jams!

(David) We have ideas, but nothing specific nailed down quite yet. We’ll be posting news on all of that very soon.

Any plans to hit the road?

(David) Definitely. We’ve played out some this year already, and we’ve got new dates we’re about to announce.

What else is happening next in Sweettalker’s world?

(David) I promised I wouldn’t spill the beans, so I can’t really say! We’re really excited, though.

(Ryan) *thumbs up*

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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