INTERVIEW: Maven Fiction

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

Aaron: Hi, not too bad thanks. Although, I do have a chapped top lip at the moment and Joes left ear is recently causing him some grief. It’s probably something to do with the last ten years of creating loud music in a small room. (Joes ear that is, not my lip. Fuck knows what that is.)

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Can I Keep You”?

A: I actually wrote this is my bedroom about 5 or 6 years ago, long before Maven Fiction believe it or not. It’s kind of been around in the back ground ever since. Joe and I have tinkered with a few versions in the past but I think it just got lost for a while, until we decided to rework it late last year.

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

A: I actually wrote it in exchange for a picture. Art for art. I couldn’t play it for a long time though. At a similar time I came out of a long relationship and the band we were in then, came to an end. I blamed that song for both of these things, when realistically it was probably a result of me being a young arrogant arsehole. That was years ago though, I’m over it now so usually I just blame Joe instead.

What was the inspiration behind the video?

A: Joe’s your man for that, he does our video work…

J: Joe here, I was courting a girl at the time and realized getting her in a music video would be a great help, so I kind of just thought up an idea that revolved around that. We’re not film makers by any stretch of the imagination but I find the best way to learn is by guessing and doing it wrong and it seems to have turned out alright. We actually used an Xbox Kinect to film it (video cameras are so 2015) that I found in a damp cellar but I think the internal condensation added to the effect.

How was the recording and writing process?

J: We recorded it ourselves in our self-built studio and all the production and mixing was done there. We’ve been writing and recording (mainly during the demo stage) this way for a few years now so it’s a process we are familiar with and works well for us, but this is actually the first self-produced track we’ve released which is quite exciting.

A: Joe has a small set up as his too, it means even when we aren’t together or he can’t get to mine, I can send him stuff and he can add some ideas and send it back, like a postal service system.

What was it like to work with Steve Robson and how did that relationship develop?

A: After ‘This is my England’ came out, we got a lot of attention from a lot of A and R’s. One of which worked with Steve and had told us him about us I think. He contacted us and it all began from there really. He’s helped us a lot to really hone our writing skills over the last few years. He always said we would do something huge in music and said he wanted to be a part of that.

Would you call this a follow up to your previous singles or a departure?

A: Well at the minute, we have drastically altered our live line up. It’s just me, Joe and a load of new musical toys now. Over the last 9 or 10 years we have always played with a live drummer and bassist. I’ve always played guitar live, Joe has always played keys, so it’s cool to mix it up like this. Not playing guitar live has really taken me out of my comfort zone as well, which makes it fresh and exciting.

Hmm, that isn’t really what you asked though is it. I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s a new chapter for us. However, we are still us. We have had to re work the old singles slightly live, but we still play them in the set.

Does the single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

A: Yeah. We have already recorded the next single and we are hoping to finish off an ep too and put that out. When kinda depends on how many people buy this one I guess, so go buy it people!

Any plans to hit the road?

A: We are just finding our feet live again at the minute, so we have a few shows booked, including playing with Lisbon soon which are looking forward to. There’s no plans for a tour as such yet but I’m sure that will have to change soon. As soon as Joe pulls his finger out and finishes making the changes to our website, the dates will all be on there. In the meantime check facebook for updates on shows.

What else is happening next in Maven Fiction’s world?

A: Plenty of music. Plenty of partying. The usual really, old habits die hard and all that. I’m really focusing on growing my hair at the minute too. Joe went on a proper grown up person date last night. Dunno what that entailed, didn’t ask. I guess to conclude, 2016 is panning out alright for us so far. Exciting eh?

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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