Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Bradley– Thank you! We’ve been well, currently heading to North Carolina to start the last run of The Big Wheels Tour.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Little Thing Called Love”?
Bradley– Little Thing Called Love is the first release of this new batch of songs we’ve been working on. We released it in early June as we kicked off our Summer tour and have a good bit up our sleeves to follow…then an album…then WORLD DOMINATION.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Bradley– I’d say the whole thing was born out of a bit of homesickness. We were touring heavily at the time the song was written, spending a lot of time away from our loved ones at home, so the lyrics naturally came to be about making our way back to them.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Sammy– We released a lyric video for the single on YouTube, which was a first for us. As far as a music video, once we’re closer to releasing the next album we’ll see which song or songs we will make a video for.
How was the recording and writing process?
Bradley– We were on our way home from a tour when Jon got his mandolin out in the bus and started strumming the lead line. I began singing the verse melody in between the riff and the rest of the song just flowed out of that vibe. It wasn’t much of a fight for words or melody, which isn’t always the case; we just had a lot to say about the joy and excitement of getting home to see our families since we we had been living that for the past few years.
Sammy– We recorded it with Rick Beato just outside of Atlanta, who produced our 2013 record, “Where the Sinners and the Saints Collide”. This is the first time we’ve used the same producer on a second project so it was nice to go in there knowing each other and how we work together. We were able to knock out four songs very quickly.
How has your visit to different countries influenced your music?
Sammy– It has helped us intentionally appeal to a broad audience. Really, for us that began way before we were a band by playing and eventually leading music teams in churches. It teaches you the importance of knowing your audience, being sensitive to all tastes/moods/stages of life and how to best appease them all simultaneously. Traveling internationally both before the band’s formation and now as a band, the same strategy applies plus we don’t speak the same language! Music is a universal language, however, and we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t when a language barrier is present. Simple anthemic lines like, “this is our time” or “a little thing called love” are more effective than a mouthful of thought provoking poetry. “Our” orphans in Haiti really respond to the melodic “oh oh” choruses in some of our songs and always participate enthusiastically. So although we don’t necessarily adapt the cultural sounds of the places we go, we’ve become more intentional in writing what works not just internationally, but universally, as more often than not the same are equally effective right back at home too.
Jon– The people we meet and the stories we hear have had the biggest impact. Going to Haiti andseeing children orphaned from the earthquakes who still have more joy in their heart than the average American who has everything they could ever need, that leaves its mark on you. If it’s affecting you as a person, it will definitely affect you as a musician and as a songwriter.
Does the new single mean we can expect more new material? – How’s that coming along?
Jon- Slowly but surely. We’re in the early stages of recording a new record. We always have a bunch of new material in our back pocket, we’re just waiting for the right moment.
Any tentative release date or titles in mind?
Sammy- No, not at this time.
What else is happening next in Melodime’s world?
Bradley- we’ll be wrapping this tour up on Sept 17th, then taking a couple months off from traveling. We’ll use that down time to continue writing, release some singles and plan our winter tour, which will include The Rock Boat XVII.
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