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INTERVIEW: Black and Blue

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

We’ve been really good! Working really hard on promoting our Debut EP, writing new songs for our next project & shooting some videos for this record!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “High Friends in Low Places”?

This song was really funk inspired. Liam (Guitarist) and me collaborated on this upbeat funk guitar part for the track. Once we had the riff, I scrambled through lyrics and stumbled on these lyrics I’d written a couple weeks prior about teenagers using drugs to cover up their problems. I wrote a melody almost instantly for the lyrics I’d written and we built up the song from there!

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

This song was written about a night that I had spent in NYC with some friends a while back. I remember it so vividly, but basically me and some close friends went to Central Park at 1am and we all hung out & caught up. They were all drinking and getting high & I was the only one sober throughout the whole night. It was just so wild seeing how these substances affected them from my perspective (a mindset untampered with drugs & alcohol). All of my friends in that group also had a lot of underlying problems that I had known about, so it influenced me to write this song about how teenagers use drugs & alcohol to cover up their problems. They run to substances to find catharsis, an answer to their problems, when in reality, it’s just a cover up that causes more issues.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We wanted to do a simple Visualette for the single because we had no budget for it. I liked the idea of having a stripped down video based around one main shot that would be the focal point of the entire visual (which would also connect to the song). So me and Liam had driven by a liquor store one night when as we were trying to come up with ideas for the Visualette, and as we passed by the store I saw a red neon lit sign in front of it that read “Discount Liquors.” I thought the sign & the lighting was just perfect for the video, so we came back the next night with a loose idea of what we wanted to film. Then we planned out the single take shot for about 30 minutes and shot it in one take. After that one shot we shot a bunch of B-Roll to throw into the video to add some variation. The whole video I was just smoking cigarettes to kind of represent a teenager who uses cigarettes as an object to relieve the stresses/problems he faces in his life that he’s contemplating. By the end of the video I never wanted to touch another cigarette ever again haha.

The single comes off your new album Object of Desire – what’s the story behind the title?
I remember sitting in the passenger next to my dad as we were driving to NYC, and as he was driving I was attempting to think of the title for this project. We already knew what songs we were going to record for it, so I wanted to think of a strong title that could encompass the meanings of all the tracks within it. Object of Desire just came to me & I loved it. I thought it was a really powerful title with a sense of ambiguity, an object of desire can mean so many different things to so many different people, & I instantly connected with that. Also, all the tracks in the EP have to do with a strong sense of desire. Whether that’s a desire to run from your hometown and start a new life, a desire for lust, drugs, love, etc.

How was the recording and writing process?

We’d written all the songs on the EP months before we got into the studio. And due to our low budget for recording, we knew we had to prepare and get the songs down perfectly so we could just get in the studio and record them in as short amount of time as possible. There was an hourly rate at the studio, so we practiced the songs consistently for about 3 months so that we could get in the studio and record it all in 2 days because we didn’t have a large budget for it by any means.

What role does NYC play in your music?

I think so many fantastic artists have come from NYC, such as The Strokes, Kid Cudi, etc. And a ton of those artists were such big influences on us as a group, they helped shape our sound and image into what it is now. I grew up in NYC, so I’m like the epitome of a city boy, and I always just loved the city. It continues to inspire me, the bright lights at night, the mixing pot of cultures, all the amazing people & artists that reside there, etc. A lot of that inspiration shines through our art, and our songs wouldn’t be the same had I grown up somewhere else, that’s for sure.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you get to balance them together?

Everyone in the band is mainly influenced by different genres, so we blend them all together to create a sound & style that pleases us all! I’m very R&B and hip hop influenced, while Liam is very Indie Rock influenced, Chase (Drummer) is very into Hard Rock and Psychedelic Rock, and Morgan (Bassist) is in love with funk! So we just mesh all our influences into our songs & create the best possible art that we can with all of our sounds coming from different places/influences.

Any plans to hit the road?

We got to explore the aspect of the desire to record our music! It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and after writing songs for so long, it felt surreal to get into a studio and record the songs that I had written. All of these songs are so personal to me & they all hold a very special place in my heart, so there’s a certain desire in sharing that with the world. Once the EP is out, we wanna give our fans a lot of time to consume it & hopefully send it to their friends so that we can get more fans hahah. Once we gain a pretty solid fan base, we really wanna hit the road and go on tour. We all love performing so it would be a dream come true to be able to tour & share the live Black And Blue experience with all our fans!

What else is happening next in Black and Blue’s world?

We’re just gonna keep writing new songs & we’re gonna continue to grow as artists and come up with the best possible records and videos and merch that we possibly can! We’re working on writing new songs for our upcoming projects and to hopefully record our next project in the coming months. Then when we’re ready, we’ll go on tour & see all our fans beautiful faces in the crowd hopefully singing all the lyrics to our songs!

Watch “High Friends in Low Places” HERE

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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