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INTERVIEW: Highway 50

Hi Al, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for the Vents Magazine interest!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Condoplex”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The single “Condoplex” was written about a living situation in Boston, where I’m from. It was a close living community that saddened me because nobody would say anything to each other, so I offered help to people struggling in that area letting people know they can call me anytime. This song has a video on Youtube as does my other single “Pyrite Gold”.

The single comes off your new album “The Violet Project” – how was the recording and writing process?

The recording process entailed gathering my tunes and rehearsing them with Friend/Producer Darren Roebuck, who was helpful with steady motivation, and the outlet of using Violet Recording studio in Boulder owned by Scott Higgins. Combined with the pro-producing skills of Chris Wright and the veteran players on the songs, I was able to fit the 5-songs I liked best.

Known for blending different genres together – does a particular style usually tend to come out depending on the song’s theme?

All of the musicians on this album have played in Highway 50, and have played with me over the years. “Condoplex” features Jeep Macnichol on drums from my old band The Samples. “Pyrite Gold” features the drumming of Brian Nevin from Big Head Todd.  Each song on this recording draws from Reggae/Jazz/Rock/Ska. “Condoplex “draws from dancehall grooves.

Would you call this a follow up to your previous material or a departure?

Music is a creative process and always evolving for me, so yes I’d consider this a follow up, but the production is far better from the Violet Project.

Any plans to hit the road?

Plans are to keep writing and keep it fresh; continuing to play live shows with these excellent musicians. East coast summer shows in the works and of course out-West logistics prevailing.

What else is happening next in Highway 50’s world?

Looking forward to making a new one next year. Thank you so much for the needed support and be sure and have a listen on Hwy50.com.

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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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