1. Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We have been great actually! It has been a long and exciting process for us up to this point. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with a number of really talented people in the build up to this release and the reception we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive and quite humbling.
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Self & Soul”?
Musically this is one of our most diverse tracks, incorporating instrumentation from across a wide spectrum. Lyrically, we wanted to take the notion of impermanence and boil it down to its most rudimentary elements and pierce the very heart of the matter. There is no hidden meaning, this song is merely a realization that, “you have everything to mourn when you have nothing left to lose”.
3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There was no one particular event per se but rather years of existential crises.. This song, like all of the others, was born out of deep introspection and examination of the universal dissatisfaction that we all share. Lyrically the entirety of this EP has been a cathartic expression of our frustration. We tend to perceive the world around us in very restrictive, discriminating ways and our aim is to write songs as a means to investigate these great matters.
4. Any plans to release a music video for the single?
As for a live video no, not currently. The official lyric video was our first foray into the world of videography in general and we were extremely happy with the end result. We’d love to shoot a live performance video of some kind but that is a reality we haven’t addressed yet and probably won’t in the short term.
5. The single comes off your new album Impermanence – what is the story behind the title?
Though not a ‘concept’ album in the traditional sense of the word, thematically the whole EP is a pointed exploration into the notion of impermanence and the suffering we endure because of our inherent confusion regarding the true nature of all things. We wanted this EP to be a way for us to artistically investigate these rather deep and cryptic matters.
6. How was the recording and writing process?
We were working out of San Jose and Los Angeles respectively, so spent months working on ideas for songs independently and at first that’s all they really were; just ideas. We would send one another everything; chordal progressions, lead lines, digital arrangements, and all sorts of pieces to skeleton-songs. These would help to lay the foundations for further tracks. We would then let the other add their own ideas into or on top of those rough tracks. The recording process was quite liberating actually. We produced, engineered, and mixed the entire thing ourselves which allowed us a lot of freedom to experiment and it gave us time enough to delve deeper into the music than we would have had otherwise.
7. The album plays with different styles – What was the selection process and does one genre tend to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?
Every song is unique to a degree. We use heavy allegory and metaphor throughout. The writing process, lyrically, tends to be really arduous and time consuming. Every song begins with a sort of literary free association; a word or phrase will just manifest itself and then the structure and theme of the song is built around that.
Q: Hi Alexander, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? A: I’ve been alright thanks …