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INTERVIEW: CeaseTone

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

We’ve been great! Can´t wait to get out of the cold to Texas!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sight Of Your Life”?

Sight of Your Life is our second official single as a band, demonstrating a mixture of acoustic and electronic sounds witch is a big part of our sound.

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

The inspiration for the song came more from a situation of waiting for a long time, I was waiting to do a DJ gig in a small town south of Reykjavík and for some reason I had to wait there for about 5 hours. There was literally nothing for me to do there but fortunately I had my small toy guitar with me, a guitar that strangely has been the first step of many of my songs. So I just thought I’d try to write a very technical fingerpicking song as a technique for practicing and the main melody of the song was suddenly born!

The lyrics came later and are about how often we keep looking forward and backward and never at where we are right now. It’s sort of connected to the moment when I wrote the song itself.

How was the recording and writing process?    

When it came to arranging the song, it started out as a simple acoustic guitar vs. cello but then as I got more and more inspired by electronic music. The sound of the album in general started growing larger and more electronic and I decided to make this song fit into the concept by adding some electronic elements, a bit of synth bass, ambiance, low bass drum, etc.

But that was nothing compared to the final result when Tóti, who´s mixing the album, took the electronic element to the next level and created this huge contrast of electronics and acoustics witch I absolutely loved. And it fit better into the soundscape of the album.

I know Iceland can be a very inspirational place – has your hometown and its scene have influence your music in any way?

I think my musical inspiration comes equally from foreign and local bands but mostly, it is the musical freedom in Iceland’s music scene that allows you to mix unusual things together and create a sound that maybe would get less of a chance to shine somewhere else in the world.

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

This new single is the starting point for the promotion of our debut album “Two Strangers” so there will be lots of new material in the coming weeks!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We are aiming on a spring release, but an exact date is TBA.

How are you preparing for your SXSW showcase?

We have put a huge effort in making our live performance a good sounding, energetic experience and are really happy with the outcome, so now we are focusing on getting the name out there, being visible and preparing for survival in the jungle that is SXSW!

What are you looking forward the most?

We have never been to the US so we are pretty much looking forward to everything! Though the SXSW shows and the warm temperature are something we are really looking forward to.

Would you be doing something special that day?

We will try and meet as many people as we can and enjoy the festival to the fullest!

Any plans to hit the road?

We have confirmed gigs in Chicago and Boston before and after SXSW, more to be announced!

What else is happening next in CeaseTone’s world?

I made a remix of Agent Fresco’s Destrier, which will be released very soon! And a new video is coming out later this month. We’re going to have a big goodbye party and premiere it for our local fans in Iceland before we head out to America.

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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