INTERVIEW: Scarlet Sails

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

Olya:  We’ve been great!  Had a very successful start to the US tour with Nina Diaz on the East coast, then went to see Radiohead play at Madison Square Garden, now heading into the midwest for week two.

Brian: It’s definitely been a whirlwind, to say the least.  Lots of rehearsals, finishing up the new video, coordinating everything for the tour. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’ll Be There”?

Olya: It’s a song about empowering yourself, taking care of yourself, and having faith in yourself when it feels like there’s no hope around you. Not leaving yourself behind due to unfortunate life circumstances, about being your own hero.

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

Olya: I wrote this song about 3 years ago when me and Brian had just met. For me it indicated the end of an old era. This song is about being your own hero, loving yourself at your lowest of lows and picking yourself up from the “swamp of sadness”, believing that things will get better even when all around you says otherwise. Meeting Brian in a beautiful way felt like finding that light in the darkness that reflected upon me and made me believe in myself and in life stronger. The pure fact that he existed and came into my life proved me that dreams do come true and miracles happen.

How was the filming experience?

Olya: I had a blast working with Michael Pope and the crew on the making of this video. I felt like I relived one of the scenes from my past that was very painful, but this time I wasn’t afraid anymore. It helped me to look back on my experiences and feel proud of who I am. And I hope it can resonate with people who are watching the video. From a scared little broken girl blue to a band leader, a powerful woman that speaks her mind and not afraid of taking risks. The truth is, you gotta learn to love them both. In weakness and strength, as they say! They make you you.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

Olya:  The name Scarlet Sails is taken from the famous Russian novel written by Alexander Grin, and the theme of the book where two people seeking to find their place in the world and help each other’s dreams become reality was very fitting. There’s also a famous saying in Russia,  “How you name your ship, that’s how it will float.”

How was the recording and writing process?

Olya: Writing is what I love the most, so it’s always the best experience for me. Recording Scarlet Sails EP was my very first time in the recording studio, and it was so much fun! Really enjoyed working with Martin Bisi at B.C.Studios, his creative process really resonates with me. The interesting thing is since then, the band has really developed a new grittier, darker, and more rocking sound. So the record holds that period of time we were in, getting together for the first time after playing a couple of shows, still being really fresh. That’s why it’s truly special for us.

Brian, would you call this a total departure from all previous musical projects?

BRIAN:   In a musical sense, it’s very much in line with the kind of music I’ve always loved to be involved in. Olya’s songs have a have a left of center, unique sound and approach, that I love to put my energy into and it’s a very natural fit for us both.  In a personal way, this is very special to me being in a synergistic collaboration with my wife, and ultimately fulfilling to know we share the same passion in life together.

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

Olya: All around. There’s no recipe for me. Sometimes I walk the streets of New York and suddenly hear a melody in my head. Sometimes I hear the train coming to the platform and the pulse of the underground starts to unravel in a specific rhythm in my head, or when the raindrops fall and hit the puddles, when I see random writings on the walls and suddenly I start rhyming words and making up lyrics in my head, when sunsets have that particular warm light glow that reflects off the skyscrapers and makes you squint. Really, it’s that romantic, and I can go on and on, haha. Living in New York has been a constant inspiration for me, I felt it as soon as I stepped on its ground for the first time. Really thankful for it.

How has the road been treating you so far?

BRIAN:  It’s killer to be out playing with the band on our first US tour, doing what it feels your supposed to be doing. You can feel the band growing, working on improving little things every night to make the show tighter, seeing old friends again, meeting new faces. For us, it’s the most natural place to be.

Any highlights?

Brian:  Watching Olya and Nina Diaz sing Under Pressure in Brooklyn was an awesome moment so far, that was a killer show. Bunch of kids dancing the asses off last night in Pittsburgh, too. Love to see the crowd cut loose and have a good time.  We’re a rock band, so we want to see bodies down front and people having a good time!

What else is happening next in Scarlet Sails’ world?

Brian:  We’re looking to set up a west coast tour from Seattle to San Diego, and maybe even out to Las Vegas or Denver in the fall, and looking forward to getting into the studio again this winter to record the next batch of songs, and explore new ways of getting our music out in the world.  There’s always a zillion things to juggle and keep up on, but it’s priority for us to keep touring, it’s what keeps us feeling vital and connected.

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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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