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INTERVIEW: Sundaes

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

Lovely thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Smoke Signals“?
“Smoke Signals” is a song about a boy :).

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

It’s a song about things you hoped might happen and thinking about the consequences of actions you didn’t take in hindsight.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There’s a video in the works. I’m inspired by a lot of found footage and creating a collage out of iconic images and fitting them to a new purpose. I went in that direction for the video for “Everything,” but I’m excited to use a similar concept of “Smoke Signals” but this time with new footage mixed in.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

It’s the name of the band, but it’s also a theme that runs through these songs. If I’m not feeling good a Sundae always make me feel better. The goal of the songs is in many ways similar to the goal of the ice cream. To take a feeling that is produces anxiety or overwhelm and turn it into something smooth and sweet that makes it better so I thought Sundaes was a good title.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote a lot of these songs while I was living in LA. While I wasn’t alone, there are a lot of lonely feelings I associate with Los Angeles, always being around other people, at a party, at a show, being in the sunshine but not really feeling connected. It was a very reflective time for me. The songs opened up a lot more when I moved to Nashville and started recording them here. I think you can hear elements of both places in the songs.

What role does Nashville plays in your music?

Being in In Nashville I’ve gotten to work more closely with other people. I’m surrounded by a city that celebrates a lot of my favorite influences for songwriting and music. I’ve been able to connect with more people who share those same influences and I think it makes for a common language. Even when you’re making different things than the people around you, because you celebrate the same things, it’s easier to work together.

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

Sort of what I mentioned before, I wrote the songs during a very specific moment in my life when I was living in LA. I’d grown up and lived in the New York area my entire life before going to LA. Everything was very different, no seasons, lots of sunshine, but it was also remote and kind of jarring. You drive everywhere and you’re in a dessert but surrounded by swimming pools and manicured landscaping. There are a lot of contradictions between being surrounded by warm smiling people, having a lot of fun, but not really having a sense that anything is real. It can be a really strange place.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s going to be mostly shows around Nashville this spring but hopefully we’ll get a chance to get out on tour later this summer or in the fall

What else is happening next in Sundaes’ world?

I’m excited to have the whole EP out this spring, and to release the videos that go along with it. Sundaes is more than just the music for me. It’s my visual creative outlet as well. It’s fun to be able to make videos and art that fit each of the songs. Along with playing more shows I’m excited to be able to connect with different types of people through the art around the band. I haven’t had a chance to put as much visual stuff out with the music before.

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