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INTERVIEW: The Hallows

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

Hi Vents! We have been great thanks! – thanks for taking the time to ask us these questions!

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

We certainly can!

We all love the track and it has a sense of nostalgia for us as it really kick started our recording process and helped us to cement our approach to pop songwriting.

The song was one of the first to be recorded for our album and it really helped to set the tone for what followed. It is about the impact someone can have on your life and how they can inspire you in so many different ways.

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

Not really an event but rather a person who is very precious to Sarah. It was written to be a celebration of that individual and their wonderful outlook on the world. It’s all about having the ability to see the world from a different perspective and to be open minded and hopeful. The song was always meant to be uplifting and inspirational – just like the person it was written for. Sarah writes all the lyrics and this song means a lot to her on a personal level.

How was the film experience?

Filming the video was a lot of fun and we had some very surreal and memorable moments during the shoot. There were quite a few challenges when putting it together which were largely due to having a small budget and big ideas… luckily we have two very good friends, Luke Robinson and Becky Handley, who have put a huge amount of time, love and talent into making our ideas a reality. Luke is a CGI wizard who managed to single handedly raise the production quality of our video… without him the three of us would have ended up in bear costumes… it would not have been pretty. Dave really did an amazing job of being a creepy stalker in the video and showed he was prepared to take one for the team when he sat in makeup for around 3 and a half hours to achieve his wolf look, so he definitely gets man of the match for that performance!

How was the recording and writing process?

We love the whole recording experience and had the good fortune to work with an amazing producer who has really mentored us and become a great friend. He and his family were massively supportive and put us up in their home throughout many of the recording sessions. Finding our own sound was a really interesting and organic process and the scale of our ideas got bigger and bigger as time went on. Our album benefits from the talent of Nigel Pulsford who wrote and performed some really brilliant guitar parts.  Not to mention the amazing string quartet which was comprised of Paul Barrett (Violin), Richard Couldridge (Violin), Rachael Brikin (Viola) and Tim Gilbert (Cello). Working with them was a new experience for us all, especially Sarah who wrote all the string arrangements you will hear on the album.

What was it like to work with Charlie Jones and how did that relationship develop?

We met Charlie Jones over the many months at Riverside Studios whilst recording our album (he is good friends with Seb). We are all massive fans of Goldfrapp and Charlie is one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet. We were delighted when he agreed to be involved in the remix for our single “Element” alongside Monowave. Charlie is very skilled at creating sounds and textures and has an amazing collection of analog synths. He really brought an edgy and atmospheric flavour to the remix and we feel very privileged to have had him interpret one of our songs.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Charlie was exclusively involved in the remix this time around, however he has really given us food for thought regarding the soundscapes we would like to experiment with for our next album. The recording and production of our album “Of Time and Tides” is solely the work of Seb Pecchia. His contribution has given our album some very pop sensibilities and a crispness in production that we really love. Seb is a firm believer in the instrumentation serving the song – we couldn’t agree more and love the end result.

Does the single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There is a huge amount of new material on its way! – this will include several singles that will be taken from the album, all accompanied by some rather spectacular videos… we are also in the process of songwriting for our second album and plan to start recording next year, so it is busy times ahead! – just watch this space!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We are gearing up for the launch our debut album “Of Time and Tides” on Monday 29th August 2016 so it is a really exciting time for us. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Any plans to hit the road?

We are have several gigs lined up between now and the end of the year.  Our current schedule is as follows:

Saturday 27th August @ The Workshop, Old Street, London

Saturday 1st October @ The Underbelly, Hoxton Square, London

Friday 14th October @ MK11, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

Friday 11th November @ The Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, Milton Keynes

Saturday 19th November @ The Troubadour, Earls Court, London

We are planning to get very busy in 2017 and will be posting more dates very soon!

What else is happening next in The Hallows’ world?

We are just putting the finishing touches on a set of live videos that we recorded a few months back. This involves a rather splendid set incorporating some of the artwork from our album cover, which was designed by Joe’s parent’s, Joe Snr and Marie Rodriguez.  We are also preparing for the unveiling of our second single which is due to be released towards the end of the year… it has a rather peculiar video to accompany it and we hope it entertains you! – thanks again for taking the time to chat with us!

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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