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INTERVIEW: 20 Cent Dreams

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

Good thanks guys ! Cheers for having us.

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

Yep ! It’s the first track off the EP, an idea that Liam and I worked on last summer. I think it’s definitely got a similar energy to our live show, which we’re pretty pleased with for the record ! 

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

I guess it was more of a feeling of euphoria that we tried to capture, in the music and lyrics. The kind of feeling you have when you’re on the way home at 6am after having done some silly stuff on a night out, laughing with a few friends. Think it’s got a very young, fun, party vibe.

Any plans to release a video for this or any of the other tracks?

Hopefully later on for Alive, but we’ve been doing some filming for a video for the second track, White Flags ! Some creepy stuff for the vid, won’t say too much but a mate is dressed as fantastic mr Fox ! Can’t wait to see the final result.

The single comes off your new album Generations – what’s the story behind the title?

Ahhh, for once we actually have a good story. Joe and I had just been to see my mate’s band (Best of Enemies, they’re sick, go check ’em.) and on our way home from the show, Joe said something like “it’s so cool to see young bands doing the same thing that we’re trying to do. It’s crazy to think that all our favourite bands used to be doing this together. Guess we’re al part of the next generation coming through.” When he later suggested the name Generations, I just loved the idea that the EP title could encapsulated that feeling of excitement.

How was the recording and writing process?

Long, but fun. We started tracking drums in January and ended up doing guitars, bass, and vocals in Joe’s room. Invested in a bunch of equipment to be able to be independent and do it on our own terms, and just kept recording until we were happy with every take. The writing process was pretty great, we rehearsed and perfected parts for most of the songs in the summer, back in the rehearsal room in our parent’s houses where we started out. We never really stopped writing, so songs just piled up, and we had a fair bit to choose from. Never been happier with the songs though !

So would you call this a departure or evolution from your previous material?

I guess it’s an evolution. It’s definitely more pop based, but the sound hasn’t drastically changed. We just approached it trying to write the best songs we could, and the songwriting’s probably the biggest improvement overall. We have a much better understanding of sound and production than we used to, and it’s lovely to be able to self produce whilst we’re starting out here. We still have a few songs from previous releases that we’re fond of and play live, and it’s cool that we’re starting to be able to choose which songs we’ll be playing at shows.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Hmmm I guess it can come from anywhere. Musically we’re pretty varied, like I’ve been really inspired by indie pop like Pixel Fix, KYKO, The 1975, along with pop punk bands like the Gospel Youth, Boston Manor, As It Is etc.. But the guys are into completely different stuff, like electronic music, Djent, Jazz..

Lyrically it covers a few things. There’s a lot of optimism, but also some songs were pretty tough to write, for me at least.. like “Hurricane” is about the reality of a long distance relationship, constantly feeling like you’re missing a piece of you, “Motion” touches on lacking any motivation, feeling lonely and down, wondering why you’re even there at all… It tends to end optimistically, as I think we can always get through a lot of shit, no matter what it is. It’s very much an insight into who we are, and we’re comfortable sharing that with people.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully ! We’re working towards our EP launch show on a boat in Vauxhall in London, which is real exciting. It’s gonna be a real special night. After that, we’re looking at booking some shows with some real great bands, and looking at some out of town shows (and maybe hometown stuff in France) throughout the coming year, maybe some festivals the summer after next. Exciting stuff.

What else is happening next in 20 Cent Dreams’ world?

Campaigning for the EP, and then hopefully bigger and better shows, out of town shows, maybe a tour or two if conditions allow. We have no idea what’s coming, but all we know is that we can’t wait.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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