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INTERVIEW: Lushcamp

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

Thanks so much for having me, Rafa!  I’ve been doing great!

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

Sure, the song is really about loss and coping with regret and past decisions.  A real “upper” for a debut single.  Initially, we were looking to release a more upbeat tune, but I kept coming back to “Love You More” and decided that was the lead.

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

No, not one specific event.  It’s more of a collage of personal events that drove this song.  The lyrics are pretty raw which can be uncomfortable, but I try to be real as possible when I write.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Yes, we actually just released the video (https://youtu.be/2_XRJkGwQQs).  The story in the video ties in with the song so we are really happy with it.

The single comes off your new EP Lushcamp – what’s the story behind the title? 

I wanted a band name that evoked imagery when heard.  The adjective “Lush” has multiple meanings: rich vegetation, sensory pleasure, sexual attractiveness, and of course, someone who drinks too much.  Combining all of these meanings seemed like a perfect fit for rock band.

How was the recording and writing process?

 I’ve known Eran (producer/co-writer) for years and we work great together in the studio.  The writing process was different for this record since we started recording with only four songs.  So I had to write six more while we were recording which added some pressure that I have never experienced in the past.  It worked out great though, I believe that a bit of pressure and urgency can lead to elevated work.  You end up pushing yourself past the imaginary boundaries we set for ourselves.

Does NYC plays a role in your music? 

Definitely.  I’ve been living in NYC for 15 years now, so much of what I write is a reflection of my experiences in this city.  Plus, many of the influences on this record are drawn from artists who live and create here as well.

What experiences get to inspire the lyrics on this album?

It’s a combination of great experiences, like being with a person you love or just having a wild weekend, and of course the dark experiences of loss and genuine heartache.  I try to be true to these experiences when I write.

What led you to write an album about the duality of light and darkness in people?  

Honestly, it started with an introspective look at myself – choices I’ve made, why I made them, any lessons to learn from etc.   That is a rocky path, because eventually you are lead to face your demons.   Some you conquer, others stay with you but the real goal is to give yourself an honest evaluation and not be too hard on yourself.  That’s a great place to grow and to appreciate the duality that exists in everyone.

Any plans to hit the road?

 Not at the moment, but that is the eventual goal.  Since this album was a studio project, we will need to put together a full band before hitting the road.

What else is happening next in Lushcamp’s world?

 Friday 6/24 is the launch of the album, so we are having our record release party at Lazy Point in NYC (310 Spring Street at 7pm).  This is the same bar we filmed the music video for “Love You More” so we are really excited to come back and celebrate the hard work.

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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