Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Doing well, thanks! We’re living and breathing music and as we get ready to present our debut album to fans around the country!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Safe In Your Heart”?
Yes! Not only is it our “latest” single, but it’s our FIRST single! We’ve been working on this music for a long time and we’re so thrilled to finally have it heard by other ears! “Safe In Your Heart” is one of the oldest songs in our repertoire, and actually won the Robert Allen Songwriting Award from ASCAP in 2013. In many ways that helped spawn what now is (In)Body.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
“Safe In Your Heart” was initially written while Ryan was living in Brooklyn.
Approaching a major turning point, he was about to leave a relationship of five years and a large, close-knit college community to move to Los Angeles to pursue music full time. The song is about leaving on a difficult journey but knowing all the while that there’s security in love and the people that support you.
Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?
We are really excited to say that we are going to put video to every song on the album. We are both incredibly visual artists—many times while we’re writing or producing music we talk about it “cinematically”—and we’re excited to bring the songs to life through a visual medium.
The single comes off your new album Becom(in)g – what’s the story behind the title?
The album has been years in the making. Ryan started writing songs for it back in 2013, and Daniel took a long time finding what we wanted it to sound like. In many ways the word “becoming” refers to the album’s own journey and our path in “becoming” (In)Body. At the same time, the album was written while we both were finding our way as young men becoming adults (still in progress…), so much of the album’s content deals with the questions and confusion of being a young adult in today’s world. We hope we can look back on both the art and the process of making it as a coming of age story for each of us.
How was the recording and writing process?
Most of these songs started as drafts Ryan wrote with some simple chords underneath. A lot of this initial writing took place during isolated retreats on the New Jersey shore and a three-week stint in the California desert. Daniel took these drafts and transliterated the content into complex musical phrases that made up the underscore of the songs, and then we both edited, reworked, and re-imagined them to be accessible and inspiring to our audiences.
Do you take a different approach when you produce for someone else than when you are writing for this project?
That’s a really great question. In general, yes. But as we continue to grow as people and musicians, it is our hope that we’ll become recognized for a unique and undeniable sound that we can then infuse into other production products. We always want artists we produce to sound like themselves, but we hope we can help them arrive there with the support of one we’ve already established (see: Dr. Dre, Kanye, The Neptunes). At the same time, we also fully intend to keep growing and evolving musically and both agree that we’re seriously doing something wrong if our music ever sounds exactly the same as the last batch of music we made.
How has transition from NYC to LA and their respective scene have influence your music?
It’s funny—because they’re the two biggest cities in America, you can actually find a lot of similar music scenes in either place. But the overall feel of each city is VASTLY different. LA definitely makes us more “commercially conscious.” There’s an aroma of “pop” in the air that subverts every other genre, it seems, for better or for worse (we could easily argue either side). Also there’s something about listening to music in the car in LA that hugely differs from listening to music in your ear-buds walking around New York City. There’s just a different sonic energy required. So I’m sure that’s influenced the music a lot out here.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, in fact, we are currently planning a “Yoga Tour” through much of the southern part of the US. It’s basically going to be our spin on a house concert tour, but instead of houses all our shows will be in Yoga Studios. We’re getting a really wonderful response from the yoga communities we’ve reached out to and we should be announcing the first dates in the coming weeks.
What else is happening next in (In)Body’s world?
Right now it’s been full focus on the album, tour, and videos. We’re super excited for the album to come out, but we’re also chomping at the bit to turn the page and start working on some new music. We also recently scored a TV pilot, which was a boatload of fun—a quirky comedy about two misfit girls who are allegedly college students. But we’re always writing and dreaming up what’s next. So stay tuned!
LISTEN TO “SAFE IN YOUR HEART” HERE