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INTERVIEW: Daniel Eyes & The Vibes

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

Hey, thanks for chatting with us! Things are going really well right now. We’re gearing up for the release of, “Sweet Dreaming”, our debut EP. It’s been a long process so all of us are definitely ready to get the music out there.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Dessert Cocaine¨? Did any event in particular inspire the song?

I saw the phrase “Dessert Cocaine” used as a hashtag posted by friend who was sharing a picture of a dessert they ordered at a restaurant. It instantly marked a feeling of self-indulgence I’ve had for a long time, specifically related to my sweet tooth. Most people assume the song is about drugs but it uses the metaphor of a sweet tooth for over-indulgence as it relates to personal freedom and finding out what that means as individuals. Sometimes we disguise our freedom in some form of self-abuse and are completely unaware of it.

How was the experience of filming the music video?

Shooting the music video was a ball. We were lucky to have an amazing crew and good energy throughout the shoot which always helps! The video was directed by Ryan Orenstein, who just won for Best Director and Best Video for his work with Sloom at the 2015 Austin Music Video Festival. The goal was to showcase the band as we are on stage while simultaneously creating an intriguing visual with Torrie Blake, the female lead, that captures that sense of searching for freedom. We didn’t want the video to be a a bunch of us doing drugs in a bathroom stall. It seemed too obvious and misleading.

The single comes off your new EP Sweet Dreaming – what´s the story behind the title?

I moved to Austin from New York in 2012. After a year in Austin, I was going through a rough period and was considering moving back home. My car was all packed up and I was crashing at a friends place debating if I would stay in Austin or move back east. I wrote the title track, “Sweet Dreaming”, and decided to stay in Austin. Shortly thereafter, the band started to come together. When it came time to name the EP we didn’t have to think twice about it.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had written all the songs before the band really started to get serious. The rest of the guys took the lyrics and melodies to another level. We rehearsed our set for 8-10 months and even recorded an unreleased EP before getting into the studio with these tracks. The recording process was pretty effortless. We worked out of several great studios in the Austin area and it felt right all the way down the line. Travis Kennedy, our head engineer, became a good friend of the band and put a lot of time and care into the project. Recording is all about working with the right people who can bring your vision to life.

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

All of these songs were born out of the transition period I was going through after deciding to stay in Texas. Roughing it out in a new city, trying to put a band together, and just keeping up with daily life. I wrote Sweet Dreaming, Jessica, and Dessert Cocaine all in one batch. Sleeping With The Blues came a little bit later but shares the same headspace. There must be twenty other songs we didn’t get to include on this release but I was going through a pretty heavy writing period.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be playing in and around Austin until the Spring when we’ll hit the road for an east coast run. We’re putting together the tour as we speak and hoping to get on the road in early May.

What else is happening next in Daniel Eyes & The Vibes´ world?

Right now we’re deep into the release cycle for this EP. We’ll be filming more music videos soon and just making sure we get this EP out into the world as best as we can. We can’t wait to show it off on the road and get back into the studio to record some of the new material we’ve been working on.

Watch Dessert Cocaine

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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