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INTERVIEW: Aerias

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

BUSY. Lol. I’ve spent the last year or so working on all new music with my band, The Clyde Project and executive producer, Patrick Pryor. Its a bit stressful and exiting at the same time. Feels like a first date with the girl you’ve been crushing on for a long time haha.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “World Of Fire”?

It was one of the first songs I recorded in the studio with the band. The original version I got from Monte Booker, the producer on this, did not sound like this. Its my first song with my band as a studio record as opposed to being all digital. It was QUITE the challenge. Let me tell you, recording with a band isn’t easy but it sure is worth it.

Big drums, guitars, secondary percussion, its all a min orchestration. I almost don’t want to go back to recording just digital songs. Its fun but it does take a while longer but I don’t mind taking a bit longer if I know people are going to enjoy the live show.

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

I was down. Like, sad. I was at a turning point in my career. Music is always changing so you have to also. I had to learn to adapt. I’m still learning. I needed hope. Everyone needs Hope. I wanted to vent. I wanted to encourage myself and

others. Its odd cause everyone wants you to be hype and happy all the time. I needed to reflect before moving forward with any new material. So I wanted to capture it. I even went as far as to going to where my mom and dad are from to reflect. The agony of waiting and uncertainty for your own career inspired this song. This song is for when you need to reflect. When you’re chilling somewhere and wondering what do to or how to feel next. This is for that.

From all the places you could film, why did you choose Peru?

Initially, its my ethnicity. I’m Peruvian. I was going to travel there to give myself a new start and new perspective on things with my mom. I just head to see family.

Then one of my best friends, George Sol of Sol Films, asked me if I wanted to do a music video with him. While brainstorming and coming up blank on my end, I asked him, “What do you think I should do? What something no, or few, indie artists are doing video wise? What do you think would be appealing to people?”

George replied with, “You should film in another country. That would be so dope.” SO….we talked about it, barely planned it, but got a plane ticket and tried it lol. Savage. We learned a lot about ourselves and our respective crafts.

Were you looking for something in particular that you found on this locations?

Inspiration. I didn’t want my first video to be basic. Not that there;s anything wrong with basic. I just need to do something epic to inspire myself and those around me.

As far as locations, we went to the most iconic and awe‐inspiring places. It was literally an adventure. It was both dangerous and revealing to our own characters. We were just trying to create something epic in the short amount of time so when I run low on inspiration I can look back and say, “Damn….we did that.” We wanted to raise the bar for music videos. I think we achieved that.

How was the film experience?

Words do it no justice but it was a full blown adventure. To be in another country with just your videography homie on your FIRST music video in a place HE has never been through with NO planning, NO set schedule, odds and climate against you with no geographical knowledge of most of the areas? Yeah…..to me, that’s an adventure.

If you can do a take, then sit with your friend in the desert and stare at the sky after having filmed at the top of Machu Picchu the day before?…I would say that’s the beginning of not being able to go back to basic stuff. As artists…..shoot as humans….we need that. Adventure. Raw, unplanned, bold adventure.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was easy. I was kinda lost but knew what I was feeling. Most people wont give this song a chance until they’re in a crisis or feeling the way I felt. Since I knew what I was feeling, the words fell easily into place.

Recording was Hell haha. The band and I had never recorded like this. To take a digital song and have the band break it down track by track and redo certain parts live or even better than the original version can take FOREVER if you don’t have experience doing that. The band had never worked with an artists like me or producers like the ones I had and vice versa. We’ve got it down now though. Patrick (the executive producer) and the band now work closely together and the stuff we have coming after the initial wave is amazing. We’ll show you what a band and an amazing producer sound like now that we have ALL the resources in place! *EVIL GRIN* haha.

Did your environment get to influence the song?

YES! I had no one to talk to *emo alert* lol. There’s a line in the song that goes: “…its hard, letting people inside, when they don’t know what its like having dreams like mine…”

I was at a such a creative block point that no one understood me. Even some artists! How frustrating is that?? When even some people in your own field don’t understand?? And don’t get me started on dating lol. If you can’t talk to someone you’re dating about the stuff you’re going through….you need to bounce lol. My social environment molded the song to be honest.

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

No album. I’m not cool enough yet to put out an album haha. Only singles for me. Its kinda more fun that way too. I don’t have to stick to a “theme” that way like on most albums. Yknow?

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Next single should be out July maybe? *Looks at the team and shrugs* haha.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yeah. The goal is to have an hour long set worth of music to cater to any crowd anywhere. I wanna be a musical buffet so we can hit up, NY, LA and the midwest. Stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Aerias’ world?

Got a show with Curren$y coming June 1st at The Metro in my hometown of Chicago!

People can get tix at www.aeriasmusic.com along with other goodies. That, and new music from Patrick Pryor and. I promise…I’m bound to make something like! Haha.

Listen here.

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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