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INTERVIEW: New Diplomat

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

(Jacob) We’ve been great, the last few months have treated us very well.

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

(Horatio) Yeah, it’s an important song for the band — it touches on what it means to pour yourself into something before you know what will happen. It’s about improving your perspective and making the choice to live optimistically.

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

(Paolo) Not exactly…

(Jacob) It’s not inspired by an specific event as much as a common feeling. You always have regret, loss, misses and Mrs…

(Paolo, laughing) awful joke. Just awful.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

(Paolo) Yes, the video is in pre-production. Super happy to be working with a talented team.

The single comes off your new material – any title in mind?

(Horatio) A few, still narrowing them down.

(Paolo) They’re all good, like the naming version of the Ms. Universe competition.

How was the recording and writing process?

(Jacob) The songs we recorded with Jeff have been in the works for almost a year or longer. We’d been methodical about improving the melodies, making sure the arrangements were exactly what we wanted. Then we got to Jeff’s studio.

What was it like to work with Jeff Saltzman and how did that relationship develop?

(Paolo) Jeff is a f***ing pro. I mean, when you work with bands like  Green Day, the Killers, and Blondie…chances are you are pretty darn good!

(Horatio) Yeah, we had been so thoughtful with the songs, trying to make everything perfect, then we get to Jeff and he’s like “the bridge needs a new part” or “no, you can do better”. He pushed us.

(Jacob) He has high expectation of the musicians he works with, and a very low tolerance for bullshit. So yeah, he pushed us.

How much did he get to influence the album?

(Jacob) More than anyone we’ve worked with in the past. We developed a really positive working relationship. People don’t always realize how much a producer can shape the final sound, and in our case, we developed a solid understanding.

(Horatio) We trusted him and let him influence our music. We’re super protective of our writing process so this was a new approach for us.

What led you to seek a new direction on your sound with this record?

(Paolo) We wanted a catchier and more direct sound that represented our new lineup.

What role does San Francisco play in your music?

(Jacob) I grew up in San Francisco, the city is changing incredibly quickly with music and the arts suffering while rich tech guys guzzle $18 cocktails and talk about disruption.

Being a musician in San Francisco is an act of rebellion.

Would all the songs deal with youth love or would you be exploring other themes?

(Horatio) Our songs are often about seeking happiness and meaning in simple experiences, but we really attack all angles.

(Paolo) On this record explore many new themes, it’s not just about love or partying or something like that.

Any plans to hit the road?

(Horatio) Yes!

What else is happening next in New Diplomat’s world?

(Paolo) We are working on two different videos. As soon as the one for the single, Stay Up, is ready, we’ll announce the date of a super cool release party we are organizing at one of San Francisco’s main venues. After that, we’ll start playing everywhere.

(Horatio) It’s going to be a big few months!

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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