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INTERVIEW: Turning Virtue

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

We couldn’t be better! It’s a pleasure to be here.

Can you talk to us about your latest single Theody.

DPA: Theody is about faith. Testing it, using it, believing it. Regardless of circumstance.

It’s also about the idea of faith. Why we have it, how we use it, who we invest it in, where it comes from, what it is, and what it really is.

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

DPA: The event was more like me asking myself a simple question; Why do we believe what we believe?

Can you tell us about the upcoming video?

Dave: The performance part of the video was shot at a warehouse in the Black Rock section of Buffalo, NY.

The conceptual footage was filmed in various locations around the Buffalo area.

We used our own production company (Gazing Rabbit Productions) and we filmed it in 4K on (2)Panasonic GH4’s, then edited in Final Cut Pro.

The main character played by Rob Ruhlen drops solidly into the lyrical theme that DPA set forth.

As I directed this video I was always conscious as to show just enough action from the main character and then reveal specific  imagery as to make it a conversation starter.

From an artistic point we really love nuance and want our fans engaged in that nuance with us. We are looking forward to inciting our fans thoughts on what Theody means to them.

The single comes off your new album A Temporary Human Experience. What’s the story behind the title?

Dave: Let me start by quoting some Carl Jung.

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.”

This is eye opening, life changing, transcendent stuff. It was firmly embedded in my thinking while writing this album.

Now taking it one step further, my coming to the realization that we are more than our body, we are more than our possessions, more than our friends, and so on. That we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but that we are divine beings, spiritual beings, having A Temporary Human Experience.

And now you know the rest of the story…

How was the recording and writing process?

Dave: Pretty smooth. Writing usually begins with me and an acoustic guitar.

As for recording it’s about capturing the moment, that feeling you had when you wrote it. Keeping it clean and organic, if you get that you will have an amazing end product.

What was it like to work with Tim Palmer and how did that relationship develop?

Dave: Working with Tim wasn’t just great, it was perfect!

Our relationship developed over the commonality for writing good music.

We never wanted anyone else but Tim to mix this CD. We absolutely love his work and his passion for his craft are second to none.

For an independent band such as ourselves to be able to work with Tim it has to be about the quality of the tunes.

A bit of advice for other up and coming bands; write good songs, write very good songs, write great songs and when you finally do, go out and surround yourself with people at the top of their craft and allow them to do their thing!

How much did he get to influence the album?

Dave: My philosophy is you don’t bring on Tim Palmer (someone who has mixed some of the best albums of all-time Bowie, Plant, U2, Pearl Jam, PT) and micro manage him.

We granted him free reign to do as he pleased to make the album the best it could be. That included playing as well as mixing. Tim added some absolutely wonderful guitar parts to the album, one in particular I love so much that I still ask myself; why didn’t I write that? Well I guess I’m no Tim Palmer!

The album also features Mark Zonder- how did he come on board?

Dave: It started with an email, advanced into a conversation and culminated with a love for creating timeless songs.

I could go on and on about Mark but the one thing I can say for certain is that Mark and I are on the same wavelength.

He is an amazing human being, he is a pro’s pro, and a world class drummer!

Were you looking for anything in particular that you found in Mark or you just wanted to collaborate with him?

Dave: Outside of his amazing chops and impeccable timing, one thing in particular is that Mark has a unique ability to create memorable drum tracks. But more so knows how to seamlessly integrate them into the existing music; he knows how to make a song special.

Any plans to hit the road?

DPA: Absolutely. We are working on numerous ventures for touring. And we are really looking forward to playing with other like minded bands.

What else is happening next in Turning Virtue’s world?

DPA: We are gearing up for some amazing performances in the upcoming months. If you want us to perform in your city let us know. If you want us to shoot your next video let us know. If you want to talk about anything; Let us know!

Contact us at turningvirtue.com

Dave: Lastly we have a call to action for Turning Virtue fans. Please take a moment and sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage to stay intimately close to the band. Thank you to our fans and a big thank you to Vents! We shall see everybody soon.

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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