Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hanna: Hi VENTS! Thanks for chatting with us. We have been great. Currently we are out in the Bay Area, so we’ve been enjoying the weather, the food, and obviously taking in all the atmosphere of the Super Bowl! We didn’t go or anything… but we were near by, and everyone was super excited.
Can you tell us about your latest single “Love You to The Moon”?
Zak: Love You to The Moon is essentially a love story. I know it sounds super soppy but the song describes how when two people are so deeply in love with each other, they will overcome anything that stands in their way.
H: We wanted it to be catchy and relatable. Hopefully it acts as a reminder to any couples out there, to be grateful, and to make sure you don’t take the person you love for granted.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
H: I’m from Norway so I’d never heard the saying ‘love you to the moon and back’, before I moved to the UK. It sounded cute, and our songs are often influenced by emotions.
How was the recording and writing process?
Z: We began working on the track quite a while ago, and it has changed a lot from our initial ideas. The melody went from being soaring and flowing, to more refined and (hopefully) catchy.
H: Sometimes I can overthink things in the studio. I’m easily distracted by new ideas, and I usually end up changing a few things last minute. I like to think I’m usually right about the changes though! I’m also very thankful that both Zak and our producers are always very patient.
What was it like to work with Paul McCartney?
H: It was an amazing experience, and a real honor to work with him. He was such a nice guy, and had such a cool demeanor, it meant at times I kind of forgot who I was talking to! I was just trying to enjoy the moment and take it all in.
What did you learn from that experience?
H: He gave me some really good advice about sticking to my guns, not being afraid to go against the norm, but also, sometimes it is ok to Pop it up! When I played him Love You to The Moon he suggested I add even more elements to make it a pop track which, when coming from him, was advice I couldn’t ignore.
How have San Francisco and your hometown in Norway both influenced your sound?
H: Being in California makes me want to write happier songs. Maybe it’s the weather, but also its an exciting time for us, so I hope that is coming across in our songs. Growing up in Norway where it was dark and cold almost all year round it meant most of my songs had a more melancholic style to them, which is something that still influences my songwriting now.
Z: There are so many great artists coming out of Norway right now, and Scandinavia as a whole. The scandi vibe is popular right now, and with good reason. Being from the UK I also feel pretty privileged to have grown up with such a wide range of influences that we bring into our music.
Does the new single mean we can expect more new material?
Z: Yes indeed! Our next single is called Golden Chains and it will be out at the end of February. It’s a little different to Love You To The Moon, but in a good way. The two tracks were written around the same time, and we feel like it will show two different sides of Ohlayindigo.
H: We also have our debut EP coming out this summer, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that! We are just finishing off a few things and it is very nearly ready. We are so excited for everyone to hear it!
Any plans to hit the road?
Z: We are heading back to Norway at the end of March and we might have a few things lined up there, but in the meantime we will come to wherever people want us!
What’s happening next in Ohlayindigo’s world?
H: We are super excited to be heading out to Austin for SXSW this year. We’ve heard nothing but great things about the festival and the city from everyone we have spoken to about it, so we can’t wait! Other than that we are just doing as much work as possible to make sure we are happy with how our EP sounds, so it is ready to go in the summer!
Z: Thanks for chatting with us VENTS!
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