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INTERVIEW: dubé

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

We’ve been great! We’re so excited to be apart of VENTS!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You”?

Our latest single “You” tells a confusing story of love and regret accompanied by an ambient ocean of sound that “plays a feeling”. We wanted to introduce ourselves to new effects and new ways of playing our instruments. We think it’s a good tune to just sit down and take in, cuz it’s goal is to create an emotion for the listener. “You” is about the back and forth struggles of experiencing breakups. I suppose kinda wanting to see and be with the person is one side of it and the other is hatred and resentment.

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

Yes, obviously the breakup would a be a triggered, but at the same time, Jan had been messing around with a few interesting song ideas and everyone fell in love it, so the song just took off.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was a new one for us. This was the first time that we had started recording the song before any of the song had been fully written. So rather than going to a studio and recording the song in the span of a day or two, we gradually layered the song with new ideas until we were satisfied with the product. So we wrote the song as we were recording it. This proved to us that there are different ways of recording, which makes different styles of songs.

Does Canada plays a role in your music?

Of course, Eh?… I think where you’re from, the culture and the people arround you will always influence our songwriting. We try to slip in as many Canadian references as we can but find it very hard to integrate “aboot” or “maple syrup” into our songs. We are inspired by many Canadian artists such as Neil Young, Big Wreck, Rush and Drake. It also makes us so happy to see that Canada has been dominating the charts.

How was the transition from playing on the streets to venues?

We’ve always played venues, it was just very rare. We loved playing in the street because we connected with the audience in ways that we will never be able to in a venue but then again, it’s always nice to have a good sound guy and sound system to back us up.

How has these experiences have shape you as an artist?

Well, we’ve had the opportunity to experience many things, good and bad. These experiences have given us ideas to write about, people to look up to, and many more. As musicians, we are thankful for the fact that we have so much support from family, friends and fans. As we start to independently excel as artists, we are discovering that being an artist is a lot more than just writing and performing song and I think you will see that in future songs.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any release date or title you can tell us?

Yes, we have an EP is titled “OK” which will be available on July 1st on Spotify, iTunes and SoundCloud. The EP is about life as a teen and the “struggles” of being in and out of school, relationships and figuring out who you are. It’s something we were all going through at the time (and still are) as individuals and as a band while writing and recording this EP. We were trying to figure out who we were (as a band) and what our sound was and I think we have come up with a great statement and really found who we were making this EP… We look forward to seeing how well it will resonate with other kids who go through the same.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re living life in the fast lane (no pun intended). We would love to hit the road and get our music out for people to hear. We hope to do so sometime this fall or winter. As it is, there are no set tour dates other than a few local gigs.

What else is happening next in dubé’s world?

We’re hard at work making music videos, booking shows and getting ready for our upcoming bluesfest performance in Ottawa. We’re also working on writing and recording new songs for our next record.

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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