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INTERVIEW: New York Movie

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

We’re doing well, just holed up in our studio writing music.

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

“Firecracker” has been with us for quite some time now. I wrote a verse and chorus over this cloyingly 80’s synth part, but in spite of its dated vibe, it felt undeniable. We spent a long time trying to nail down the production, structure, and lyrics in an attempt to live up to that feeling we had when we were first listening to it.

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

I (Austin) am a huge Springsteen fan, and right around the time of writing “Firecracker,” I had gone to see him for the first time. I love that he has the ability to write both serious and fun music; it’s captivating and thought provoking at the same time. With that in mind I turned the metronome up really fast and just tried to play something that made sense to me as a songwriter, but still had the Springsteen-esque element of fun.

Any plans to release a video for the song?

We would love to release a video. In fact, if anyone out there has an idea for the video, shoot us a message. We draw inspiration from more than just music, we love fashion, photography, performance art, and we want to use our platform as a band to celebrate all modalities of art.

How was the recording and writing process?

For “Firecracker,” the writing and recording took a long time, as I mentioned earlier. We work out of a spare bedroom converted to a studio, and we spend hours (or even days, sadly) sometimes just trying to nail the right synth sound. We approached “Firecracker” like producers, finishing the track and sounds 95% first, and then went back and thought long and hard about lyrics and melodies. It’s not that lyrics and melodies were neglected, we just knew we had placeholders that needed fixing. We probably went through hundreds of versions of this song before we were satisfied.

Did you initially intended to make a strongly 80s influenced band or how did that come about?

There was never a discussion of “let’s sound like this band” or “we should strive for this era.” We just want to make good music, and we’re hoping that we can transcend the 80’s comparison, and modern music for that matter, and just be us. That being said, not only are we huge 80’s music fans (Peter Gabriel, New Order, Phil Collins), but we are also fans of modern bands drawing influence from the 80’s (The 1975, M83, Chvrches)

What movies have influence the band?

We’re both huge movie fans. I really appreciate and am influenced by artful movies that have intention and purpose and a story. The Revenant is my favorite movie in recent memory, it was shot in a such an aesthetically pleasing manner that it had my in love from merely a visual standpoint.

How’s your new EP coming along?

We’re in the process of finishing an indeterminate amount of music, because who knows how much we’ll need to release in the future? That being said, you can definitely expect an EP release.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothin is scheduled or titled quite yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

We would love to take this material out on the road. We’re hoping to release a record and be able to immediately start playing it live.

What else is happening next in New York Movie’s world?

Live rehearsals are starting for us. It might seem odd, but since we produce all of our music electronically, we have never played any of it live. It’s now time for us to reassemble all of it in a playable form and work on our live set.

About RJ Frometa

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