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INTERVIEW: Altered Sky

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Everything’s been great with us so far this year. We are so proud of our debut album Without Wonderland and can’t wait to release some new tracks from it this year.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stupid in the Dark”?
It is the 3rd single from our album and it’s probably one of our favorite tracks. It explores each path that we have as individuals and ultimately that no matter who we are or where we come from we are all involved equally in the gran scheme of the world.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was actually sitting in Amy’s house and this random tune came into my head. We were both meant to take her dog for a walk but I had to stay back and finish the idea before my head exploded!

How was the film experience?
Working with the guys in Rolling Vision was really awesome. They are so talented and really add that extra layer to the song. We filmed in a little room and it got so warm and we were all dying after the final take. Really great guys and we would definitely work with them again.

The single comes off your new album Without Wonderland – what’s the story behind the title?
We had a few different titles for the album when we were deliberating. I have always been a fan of the Alice and Wonderland stories and especially the take on it by Tim Burton. We love his portrayal of ‘freaky fantasy’ and how he captivates people’s minds with his work. The shark jaw was our way of creating that harsh reality and the word wonderland plays with the opposite.

How was the recording and writing process?
I love song writing. To begin with I’ll work out the structure, chords, notes and all layers on the piano. I’ve been trying to use Garage Band these days rather than just recordings on my phone. We take it to the table and try out the layers as guitar, vocals, bass… And hopefully it will work! In stupid in the darks case it came together very quickly.

What was it like to work with Romesh Dodangdoda and how did that relationship develop?
He is literally ‘The Man’. His studio is so homely and welcoming, a great place to record. We worked with Romesh on our EP Stop and Live and we knew after getting to know him and his work ethic, that we would definitely be back! He has a great ear and can add music layers that really make the songs go to the next level and beyond!

Does Glasgow plays a role in your music?
Glasgow has really been the centre of music for us. None of us are from Glasgow but we all moved here to help the band progress. The Glasgow music scene is really something. So many venues are still here and it’s amazing to see the support music generates in this wonderful city.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I am definitely a music before lyrics person. Before a song comes to life for me it needs to hit this kind of epic button in my head when listening back to it. By the time we were recording, I didn’t even have lyrics finalised for any of them! I like writing under pressure. The lyrics just came to me.

Any plans to hit the road?
We are up and down the UK in July and in August this year and finish with our headline Glasgow show in October. We are playing our album stripped back in PULP stores across the UK and then we hit the road with our buddies in Beyond Recall on a follow up tour in August.

What else is happening next in Altered Sky’s world?
The best is yet to come! We have another single coming out this year from our album and we are already in the process of writing album number 2! Big big things starting for us this year, don’t miss out!

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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