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INTERVIEW: Pip Blom

Hi Pip, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! Thanks for having me, I’ve been great. Very busy with arranging all sorts of stuff for our first tour in England and for the release of our new EP.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Taxi Driver”?
Taxi Driver is about a real person. He live is Glasgow.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes! I was on holiday in Glasgow and we took a ride in a cab. The driver was unlike most cab drivers I’ve ever met. He was very intelligent and funny and we had a great chat.  When I was back home he crossed my mind quite often. So I decided to write a song about him. It’s a shame though I don’t remember how he was called.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we’re working on it. We’re going on a little tour to the UK at the end of September and we want to shoot the video there. We’ve got some cool idea’s so I’m very excited about it. Hope it turns out well.

The single comes off your new album Are We There Yet? – what’s the story behind the title?
Are we there yet is about progress, trying to get better or to get somewhere where you want te be. But it’s always hard to know if you’ve really reached you’re point of satisfaction. So it’s about doubt as well. Is it good enough? Are you where you want to be? Will you ever be? And besides all that deep stuff, it’s also a sentence I used a lot when I was little and we were driving somewhere:  ‘mom, are we there yet?’

How was the recording and writing process?
It has its ups and downs. The beginning of writing a song is always hard for me. I often struggle to find something I really like. But once I find a cool guitar part, it often goes very fast. I get very enthusiastic and the rest of the songs follows fairly easy. But recording part stays a bit difficult. I record and mix everything at home and I try my hardest to make it sound like it’s recorded in a professional studio but that’s almost impossible. It very fun, and I notice a big difference in sound if I compare my songs now to songs I’ve made last year, so at least there is progress!

What films get to inspire the music and lyrics on this material?
I need to admit that I don’t watch a lot of movies.. But documentaries on the other hand I watch a lot. There isn’t really one that I would say inspired me to make a song, but watching documetaries helps me a lot with finding different ways to tell stories. There are lots of ways to tell a story and every documentary uses a different one.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this album?
A bit of abandonment, a bit of being in love but making a mistake and regretting it a lot and just your average really liking someone (but not being in love).

Any plans to hit the road?
Yes!
We’re doing the support shows of Canshaker Pi (you should check them out, they are great) in the Netherlands and we’re coming to the UK to do a small tour!

28/9 LIVERPOOL – Maguire’s Pizza Bar

29/9 LONDON – The New Cross Inn

30/9 NORWICH – Take 5 Cellar Bar

What else is happening next in Pip Blom’s world?
I want to release another EP in the spring and hopefully a debut album in November 2017. It would be awesome if the album was released by a cool label such as Matador, Heavenly or Rough Trade. Chances of that happening are not very big, but hey, you can always dream!

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