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INTERVIEW: Ishi

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? Wonderful, thanks for asking. 

Can you talk to us more about your EP Juno? Sure, the EP is five songs and we have been working on the tunes for quite some time now. Overall the EP is up tempo and translates very well live. The last song Take A Look Back  was a fun process because we were able to record in New York with our buddy Nick Stumpf (former lead singer of the French Kicks) 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this EP? Honestly, the inspiration for me is wrapped up in the individual song. None of the tunes were really written in the same time frame. So there are an array emotions from betrayal to discovering new love between a long time lover.

How was the recording and writing process? Unfortunately, these days it is nothing special since we are working from  our home studios to save that dollar. Brad Dale, co-writer/producer, and I have completely different lives so at this point we rarely write tunes together. He will send me a demo and I’ll come up with lyrics and the melody. Needless to say, going to New York to record was a treat.

What was it like to work with James Marsh and how did that relationship develop? Mr. Marsh is a true gem and a complete delight to work with. It’s funny because being a night owl it syncs right up with the UK time zone which allows us to get a lot of work done. He’s always like, your up early. Let’s see, I came across his work through my friend Johnathon Ford from the band Unwed Sailor who commissioned his work on an album of theirs and I fell in love. I’ve been working with James since 2009 and he has designed all of our releases thus far. 

What role does Prince plays in your music? In particular for the song Bring the Thunder when I was writing the melody and working on the phrasing of the lyrics. I had an unique experience. It was 4/5am in the morning and I was in a trance singing the melody. On the verge of passing out Prince’s name appeared in my mind. It inspired me. I then began to transcend my current state as though his spirit was in the room guiding me. Weird, I know. Then a few days later I found out he passed away. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? When Brad sends me a song I listen to it over and over again until it draws an emotional dialog between me and the tune . It could be something I’m going through to a fictitious story that comes a live in my head. As far lyrics go, I try my best to keep them simple and impactful.

Any plans to hit the road? Yes, we have a Texas run booked in September followed by some midwest dates all ready to go.

What else is happening next in Ishi’s world? We are planning on releasing a couple of singles for the EP in the next couple months. A video for Bring the Thunder, the first single, as well as some remixes. Something fun we have decided to do is release a chopped and screwed version of Juno.

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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