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INTERVIEW: THØSS

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

Very well thank you. The sun recently arrived here in England so I’ve just been making music and soaking up as many rays as I can ready for the imminent winter (I know it’s June). 

Can you talk to us more about your EP “Benchwarmer”?

‘Benchwarmer’ is my first EP. It was written and recorded during 2015 so I’m thrilled that it’s finally out in the world. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write the title track?

I suppose an element of jealousy pushed me to write ‘Benchwarmer’. I would look at the careers of my more successful musical friends and criticize my own situation at the time. Poor me.

Any plans to release a video for it?

No plans to release a video for that track at the moment. 

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

It felt natural to name it ‘Benchwarmer’ as it was that overriding sentiment that drove me to make an EP in the first place. 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was leisurely. The vast majority was recorded and mixed from home with my friend and keys player Joe Connor, so there was plenty of time to experiment. The writing process was much the same. I’m always writing so it was really just a case of choosing which songs I wanted to include. 

What role does the UK play in your music?

It’s hard to say exactly. I’m very much a product my country, so my upbringing and lifestyle has of course had some effect on my creative output and inspiration. However, I do try to listen to music from all over the world and take inspiration from as many places as I can. 

How much did the environment while recording get to influence the music?

I think the environment had a big influence. I chose to write and record large parts of the EP in my childhood bedroom; a familiar, comfortable and very nostalgic place for me. It’s easy to reminisce when you’re literally sitting in your own past.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Generally, I try not to think too much about narrative. I stumble across most of my lyrics by improvising and letting the words flow from my mouth until I find something I like. That said, I could see I was inspired by my own ideas of suburbia at the time.

Any plans to hit the road?

None for now, but I am playing my debut headline show on the 7th September at the Waiting Room, London. 

What else is happening next in THØSS’s world?

More music and more shows.

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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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