-Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks so much for having us. We’re doing great. Been hard at work making new videos and music and we’re excited to finally share them with the world.
-Can you tell us about your track “You’ll Stay Right Here”?
This is a very personal and meaningful track — it’s a message of support to someone going through a very tough time.
-Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote it when I learned that someone very close to me was diagnosed with cancer. It was my way of saying “I’m with you, and you’re going to beat this.”
-What was the writing and recording process like for the album?
Fun — And long! It was our first album so the songs had been written over a long period of time and we spent lots of hours in the studio getting things just right. We put a lot of time, effort and frankly love into getting everything right. Although since then I’ve learned to try and get things to a place where they communicate the message I want with the vibe I want without focusing on trying to get everything overly-perfect, so it was definitely a growing experience.
-How has the culture and scenes of the Philippines and NYC influenced the band’s music?
I feel like I pick up elements of all my surroundings in what I write. The Philippines where Uri and I grew up is a country that is full of melody everywhere, so I developed a real appreciation for melody and its importance as a result. New York is all about energy and different elements coming together so that finds its way into our music too.
-What have you learned from your days working at Arista and other big labels that you are utilizing with this band and your musical career?
I’ve learned about what labels are good at and where they can help, and also what they can’t do for you. Nobody is going to be care more about your career and your success than you do, so you have to drive everything and then partner with others (such as labels) to help you achieve that mission — but without your energy and drive nothing will happen.
-Any plans to hit the road?
Most definitely. We’ll start playing shows when it gets warm. Hopefully we’ll make it to Ohio soon.
-What else is happening next in The Commuters’ world?
We’ve recorded a 3-song EP that we’re going to release in late spring or early summer. Can’t wait for you and all your readers to hear it.
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