Before we head out for the weekend, we are teaming up with The Gifted for the release of their new track “Lost Ones” Feat. Leah Hayes.
We also sat down the with the band to talk about the song, their new material and more.
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost Ones”?
“Lost Ones” is a writing/production collaboration between us (The Gifted) and Leah Hayes. We wanted to write something mischievous and dreamy while having a sound that used both organic and synthetic elements.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No, not one particular event. It’s more of a spaced out, dreamy blend of boredom and youth.
How was the recording and writing process? What was it like to work with Leah Hayes and how did that relationship develop?
We met in a songwriting session, which can be a an awkward experience. You very often have to find a way to be creative with a person you’ve only just met. But when we first met Leah there was a natural creative chemistry that took over. We wrote “Lost Ones” in a couple of hours thinking we would pitch it to other artists, but we were so happy with the end result that we continued to refine it until it was a complete.
We ended up using a lot of organic instruments (real drums, strings, whistling, and bells) and layering/manipulating the hell out of them. Because the lyrics are so childlike and mischievous it seemed only natural to bring kids into the studio to sing along in the chorus.
Do you take a different approach when you are writing for someone else than when you are writing for your own project?
Actually “Lost Ones” was originally written with someone else in mind, and it definitely influenced our approach to the song. I think that’s why it came out so simple and minimal. Sometimes when you write with another artist in mind it forces you to make clear creative decisions. That’s a good thing, we like simple and minimal.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes. We have been working with a ton of artists so look out for more singles over the next couple of months! Features with Mackenzie Thoms, Jamie Jackson (Hot As Sun), and Kossisko to name a few.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not as of now. We are focused in the studio collaborating with as many talented artists as we can, scoring films, and composing for commercials & TV.
What else is happening next in The Gifted’s world?
Well we just finished scoring the Indie horror movie “Southbound”. It was a shit ton of fun (and work) and its out in theaters right now. We have a few film score possibilies right now so we might jump into another one. All depends though, it has to be the right project for us to commit the time it takes to score 90 minutes of music. Until then we are writing and producing everyday, and managing our music licensing company Headquarters Music.