Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great! It’s great to be here.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You’re Never Gonna Make Enough Money”?
Sure. It’s the title cut of our new EP. And we’re really happy with the interest it’s been generating. The groove is really slinky, and funky. People read the title and almost always smirk, and say something like, “It’s true!”, which is very gratifying to know see how they instantly relate to the topic.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My parents were never very good with money. They did a great job of keeping us kids fed, and sheltered, but it always seemed to be a real struggle. The song addresses my personal fear that there’s just not going to be enough.
In the end, it doesn’t have anything to do with what you have, or don’t have, if you let that fear of scarcity run you, then you’ll never feel like you have enough.
How was the film experience?
We really enjoyed making this video. Scot our drummer is a film maker, and I have worked with him shooting videos for some really great bands here in Nashville. When I thought about which song I wanted to do a video for, the idea for a video for ‘Money’ just jumped out at me. I ordered some lights and a backdrop and started shooting.
How was the recording and writing process?
I had just done a total revamping of my recording studio, (for the recording geeks out there, moving from PC to Mac, and from Sonar3 to Pro Tools), and I wanted something on the EP that had been recorded with the new setup.
I also wanted to write something which really leaned into the Bowie influence in ways that I hadn’t done so in the past. Something that purposefully referenced particular Bowie songs. I had to back away from earlier versions of the song because they were too derivative. When someone hears the song, and says anything other than, “I hear a lot of David Bowie.”, I count that as a victory. And yes, I’m pleased to say that has happened a number of times.
What role does David Bowie plays in your music?
All of us have been Bowie fans for years, big Bowie fans. We do a cover of Bowie’s, ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ on the EP, which was intended to part of a compilation album, but it was never released.
Some of what I love about Bowie’s music is that it is creative, compelling, and interesting, and those are things that I try to keep in mind when I’m writing.
Does your previous musical background have influence your music?