Q: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: Thanks for having us, VENTS!
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Circus Maximus”?
A: I wrote the song about the 24/7 media. How they’ve poisoned us and sell us anything and everything that’s negative and shallow.
Q: Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
A: Just the overall climate in our country right now. People are very divided. Kids are resigned to work in jobs/fields they don’t even like. They don’t dream big anymore. That’s very sad. When I was a kid, I was told I could be whatever I wanted if I worked hard enough, and I believed that. It’s what led me here.
Q: How was the film experience?
A: Well actually, the video for “Circus Maximus” hasn’t been released yet, but we had a blast making it. We’d shot a big-budget video for our song “Bleed” months before with all the bells and whistles. It’s like a movie, truly. I think folks will be blown away when that’s released. But with Circus Maximus, the whole idea was to spend as little money as possible in as little time as possible and make it work, no matter what. It’s a parody on how we get dumbed down by buying what the media is selling. We had a great director named John Campolo who shares our sick sense of humor, so it was easy to make it all come together.
Q: What have you learned from your experiences on your previous musical project?
A: We each bring our own unique experiences to the table from past bands. For me, after working with Alan Parsons for the past 6 years, I’ve learned patience. The guy is a genius producer. And how he works with people, his way, his subtle approach of getting what the songs “need” was truly eye opening for me. It’s helped me immensely as a songwriter. Patience is not something I’m very good at.
Robert brought a lot to the table. Not only as a talented musician, singer, and producer, but also the chemistry within the band. He’s an unbiased sounding board for me, and always has invaluable input on how the song and production should develop. He brings a lot of experience from working with so many different types of artists. His internal library of songs matches up really well with the rest of us, so we’re always on the same page when giving a nod to another song or artist.
And of course, playing with Jon Wysocki (Staind drummer) when we were kids was important. We cut our teeth together playing clubs in New England for many years. There’s still something special there when we play – even after a long time apart. There’s a comfort there that allows us to be better creators and not worry about ego or pride. Been there, done that. You know?
Q: Would you call this a departure from your previous record?
A: This is our first as “STW”.
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: I try to write everyday. No matter what the style. It’s something I need to do to get it out. I have a studio here in my home, so I first make sure to get the basic idea down and any signature licks that I might forget later. I probably have hundreds of “song sketches”. From there, I expand them into a full song. Then I tweak the lyrics and melody according to what the song is asking me for.
Robert is also an accomplished writer. He’s an award winning producer/engineer who plays virtually every instrument REALLY well, so his “demos” come to me like finished records. A far cry from my “sketches” lol. The great part is that Robert and I have complete trust in each other when it comes to collaboration. We love and appreciate all kinds of music and production approaches. We give each other enough room to experiment and expand on our ideas. We trust each other because we know thatthe other only wants the “song” to be the beneficiary.
Q: How’s your new album coming along?
A: We’re putting the finishing touches on it as we speak, but It’s something we’re very proud of. People are gonna get hit with a lot of different flavors. Each of us grew up on all types of different music. I might have channeled the 70s band “Bread” on a song, but then Jon plays drums on it and the vibe totally changes. Then Robert hears something that belongs there, and it changes again. The focus is always creating recordings that take you somewhere. An experience. Robert really brought his A game – with both his playing, and production skills on this record. We can’t wait to show him off.
Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?
A: Right now we’re looking at May or June.
Q: Do the singles you have released so far set the tone for this album?
A: It would be a mistake for anyone to pigeon hole STW.
We like everything from Metallica to the Carpenters, Toto to The Raspberries, Pink to Pink Floyd. And you’re going to hear it all.
Q:Any plans to hit the road?
A: We’re talking about it. We’d like to put together a very visual but compact show that’s nimble and cost effective so we can bring it to as many markets as possible.
Q: What else is happening next in Save The World’s world?
A: We’re going to continue to write the best songs we can. Reach as many people as we can with those songs. Speak to them. Lift them up. With no strings attached. Remember when music did that to us?
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