INTERVIEW: Foreign Figures

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

A: Hey! We’ve been awesome, thanks. We are heading on a rural stretch of freeway as we speak, enjoying the drive back from a string of shows.

Q: Can you talk to us more about your video “Paradigm”?

A: Yeah. So we had a few different ideas for “Paradigm”, but in the end we decided to use mirrors to play off the idea of the paradigm shift we had as a band when we decided to take our music seriously and pursue it full time. We shot it in St. George, UT, about 35 miles into the desert. Hardest part was definitely getting all the mirrors out there without them breaking, haha.

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

A: Yeah, well, a collection of events. Within about a year and a half, the band went from a hobby, to growing a local fanbase and thinking, “Hey, we are pretty good”. When you’re at that point, it’s really hard to decide to take the leap of faith and become a full time musician, but we decided to make it happen. We set goals to quit our day jobs within the next 6 months so we could give our music the effort it deserves. This was an extremely hard thing to do, especially since a lot of close friends and family members didn’t really see the vision. That journey is reflected lyrically throughout “Paradigm”.

Q: Why did you name the album after this track in particular?

A: We actually had known we wanted to call the album “Paradigm” first, based on the lyrical content of our doubts, excitement, and anxiety of making that gap to full-time musician, and the paradigm shift that occurred in us. Then, we wrote “Paradigm”, we decided it fit the role for a title track.

Q: How was the recording and writing process?

A: Awesome, but grueling. We made the decision to do all the recording, editing, production, mixing, and mastering ourselves. Our guitarist, Jonny, is an awesome engineer, and he put in hundreds of (unpaid) hours to make this album happen. Looking back, we definitely are excited to work with a producer in the future and (at least) outsource a lot of editing and mixing, but we are proud of what we were able to come up with. Jonny is a workhorse, and not only a great guitarist, but the engineer and lead producer behind the album.

Q: What role does Utah plays in your music?

A: Utah is our home, and although we don’t talk about it in the lyrics, the beauty of the state has inspired us in a few different ways. We have shot 4 music videos here, cause there are so many beautiful natural backdrops. At the salt flats west of the Great Salt Lake, in the mountains, in the desert, and with the red rock by the national parks down south. As we play more and more outside of our home state, the more we love and miss it.

Q: What paradigms get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

A: People say “follow your dreams!” and then when you tell them you want to be a musician, they say “No, it’s not safe! Just keep it a hobby.” We heard this so many times, and it was an internal battle. The day we decided to full embrace what we were doing was our big shift in vision and thought, and it was liberating. A lot of this journey and these feeling inspired the lyrics on the album.

Q: Any plans to hit the road?

A: Yep! We have a few different tours planned from now until early next spring. We will be hitting up a lot of the western United States, with some plans to make our way out to the east coast as well. We LOVE playing live, and can’t wait to do it in different places where our fans haven’t been able to see us yet.

Q: What else is happening next in Foreign Figures’ world?

A: Lots of shows, lots of writing. We are hoping to release some new stuff next summer. We also will have another music video out before years end for our song “Force of Nature”. We’re excited to keep doing what we love.

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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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