Hi Taz, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m right as rain. Thanks for asking and thanks for having me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Natalie Portman”?
Natalie Portman is a song made for people who are tired of being sheep. It’s a return to free thinking, rebelliousness and non-conformity. It’s the national anthem for misfits around the world who are sick of hearing the same stuff on the radio, the same thing in schools, the lies on the news and the fools they keep putting in the white house. Cue inspiring music.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A lot of what I see in the news kind of inspired this song. There is a revolution going on in the real world and I’m just the voice that carries my generation into it. Things are changing.
The song has little to none to do with Natalie – so why name the song after her?
Almost every movie Natalie is in, she’s breaking rules and being rebellious. Star Wars, The Professional, V for Vendetta – these are all films about going against the grain, [about] the changing perspective of womanhood. It seemed only right. Plus, we just thought Natalie Portman would be a cool name.
How was the film experience?
We had a blast on set. We started early in the morning so everybody looked like drug addicts, which really added to the realism of the piece. The crew built an amazing set and took great care of us. It was a little awkward for me because I’m not an actor and had to really lay out my emotions on the table in some of the scenes, but we still had a lot of fun creating this video.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s always interesting working with Cheat Codes. They wrote a very provocative hook and I just followed their lead. We pretty much just watched a bunch of amped up movies to really get us in the mood as well, which helped a lot. I remember asking someone to slap me in the face to make me angry and increase my heart rate. Things get weird in the studio sometimes.
In what way has the Golden State influenced your music?
Me being from Indiana originally, you don’t get anything there that you encounter when you come to California. Los Angeles is one of the toughest, most beautiful, cut throat, dirty, smelly, breath taking cities on earth so naturally, it took my mind and my thought process in a whole different direction. I really understand what Axl Rose was talking about in Welcome to the Jungle. It awakened my sins, but also brought me closer to God. My music is just a series of emotions and things that go on in the mind of a Midwestern, church raised black kid lost in the Jungle that is SoCal.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Right now we’re just focusing on singles, but I would like to put out an EP or two in the new year. We have some really amazing tracks in the mix that should definitely be put together in a package and done right. But for now, I’m happy taking this unique approach of doing singles and shooting really amazing visuals for each and everyone of them.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m really into Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne so maybe The Prince of Darkness or something really edgy. We’ve talked about doing a self titled EP but just calling it The Seige seems so boring to me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Definitely hitting the road in 2016. We’re in the process of getting a few one-off shows together and doing some festivals and such, but mums the word on any tour dates. I don’t want to distract people with coming to see me live just yet until they absorb the messages in the songs and really understand the stories.
What else is happening next in The Seige’s world?
A lot of new music and some really cool collaborations in the new year that we’ll announce soon. Working on getting some dope shows lined up and maybe, just maybe, i’ll cut off all my hair and rock the bald look. Stay tuned.