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INTERVIEW: Titan

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

GREAT! WE ARE REHEARSING FOR OUR RELEASE SHOW ON THE 1ST OF DECEMBER IN MEXICO CITY. FOR US IT’S HUGE TO HAVE A NEW ALBUM, IT’S GOING TO SOUND GREAT AS A LIVE SHOW.

2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “El Rey Del Swing”?

IT IS A HECTIC ODE TO DANCE MUSIC.

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

AT THE BEGINNING, THE BASS WAS INSPIRED BY VANGELIS’ MAIN THEME FROM BLADE RUNNER, THEN IT TOOK ITS OWN PERSONALITY. AT SOME POINT WE FELT THAT THE SONG WAS NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE, IT HAD NO LYRICS AND WE STRUGGLED A LOT. THEN NICK, THE PRODUCER SUGGESTED TO SCREAM THINGS ABOUT DISCO MUSIC, THAT DID THE TRICK. THEN HE ADDED LOTS OF DELAY. WE MADE A  CHURCH-LIKE INTRO AND THE SONG MADE IT TO THE RECORD. WE NEVER IMAGINED THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE A SINGLE.

4. How was the film experience?

THE VIDEO FOR “EL REY DEL SWING” WAS ONLY 1 MINUTE LONG. IT WAS USED AS A TEASER. THEN ONE OF US THOUGHT THAT IF WE MANAGED TO GET ALL THE FOOTAGE MADE FOR THAT TEASER, IT SHOULD BE A FULL LENGTH VIDEO. AND IT WORKED REALLY WELL. ACTUALLY, THAT WAS THE REASON WE DECIDED TO RELEASE IT AS A SINGLE. ALSO BECAUSE PEPOLE LIKED THE TEASER A LOT, HAHA.

5. The single comes off your new album Dama – why taking so long on releasing this new material?

WITH TITAN, WE LIKE TO TAKE THINGS IN A RELAXED WAY. WE ALL HAVE OTHER MUSICAL PROJECTS, SO TITAN IS OUR INDULGED/SPOILED GIRLFRIEND, BUT SHE IS NOT JEALOUS.

SO THE ALBUM HAS BEEN MARINATING FOR A LONG TIME – SINCE 2009 THERE WAS ALREADY AN IDEA THERE.

THEN IT GOT (AS ALWAYS) A BIT DIFICULT TO DEFINE. WHATEVER WE DO WITH TITAN HAS TO BLOW OUR MINDS AND HAS TO BE UNIQUE, IF IT SOUNDS LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, WE ABORT AND MAKE SOMETHING NEW.

6. Would you say, just like wine, time served you well and helped you matured as a band?

YES, NOW WE ARE MORE OPEN TO NEW STYLES,  IT’S EASIER TO HAVE CONSCIENCE ON IDEAS EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE TO BE REALLY NEW, I MEAN, WE ARE MORE MATURE SO WE ARE OPEN TO THE DIFFERENT IDEAS OF EACH HEAD OF THIS 3 HEADED MONSTER THAT IS TITAN.

7. If so, how does the new record would show a more matured side of the band?

IF IT DOES, IT’S BECAUSE IT’S THE FIRST ALBUM WE’VE RECORD IN A BIG STUDIO. WE DID IT AT SONIC RANCH IN TEXAS, WHERE ALL THE EQUIPMENT IS A-GRADE AS WELL AS OUR ENGINEER (JERRY ORDONEZ). WE GOT OUR HANDS ON EVERY SOUND WE COULD IMAGINE. THEY’VE ALSO GOT A HUGE AMOUNT OF VINTAGE KEYBOARDS LIKE THE ELKA SINTHEX, AND A BUNCH OF GUITARS AND BASSES AND EVERYTHING.

8. What’s the story behind the title?

IT FELT RIGHT TO CALL IT A WOMAN, IT HAS A VERY EASY VIBE (AS A FINE WOMAN,OR DAMA FINA) AND ALSO SOMETIMES A MORE CRAZY/CREEPY FEEL (AS A DAME ON FIRE).

9. How was the recording and writing process?

IT WAS REALLY RELAXED, WE SPENT A YEAR OR TWO PLANING AND PROGRAMING THE FUNDAMENTALS, THEN WE WENT TO SONIC RANCH LIKE 5 TIMES, THE LAST 2 TIMES THE PRODUCER GOT ON BOARD – THE GENIUS NICK LAUNAY. HE HELPED US TO MAKE EVERY SONG AMAZING, IT WAS THE CHERRY ON TOP OF EACH SONG. 

10. What role does Mexico plays in your music?

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW IS REALLY CHAOTIC AND SORDID – ALL THE DRUGS AND FEMALE SUICIDES HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT ARE AWFUL. THIS ALBUM IS A BIZZARE REFLECTION OF THAT. IT SOMETIMES SOUNDS GLAMOROUS AS THE MEXICAN NIGHT LIFE, BUT SOMETIMES IT SOUNDS AS DARK AND OVER-DRIVEN AS IT IS, TOO.

11. You brought some special guests like Gary Numan, Egyptian Lover and few more – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

WE SENT OUR MAIL TO SANTA CLAUS. HE GAVE US VERY GOOD SURPRISES, BUT CERTANLY GARY WAS ON THAT FIRST LIST.

ONE GOOD SURPRISE WAS SIOBHAN FROM BANANARAMA, SHE MADE ONE HELL OF A HIT ON “HElL.A.”. EGYPTIAN LOVER WAS SO COOL TO HAVE IT, THE PRODUCER NICK LAUNAY DISCOVERED HIM AT A LITTLE GIG IN LOS ANGELES, HE WAS COOL ABOUT IT AND LOVED THE TRACK. THAT’S A GREAT SONG TOO. ALSO A FRIEND OF NICK’S (CASSANDRA CHURCH) WAS ASKED TO SING ON A SONG.

SO BASICALLY NICK WAS THE KEY ON ALL OF THE ALBUM COLLABORATIONS.

12. What did they bring up to the table?

THEY BASICALLY REFRESHED THE ALBUM WITH THEIR AMAZING VOICES.

13. Your last video is very, very hilariously dark – would that set the tone of the whole record or can we expect some darker stuff coming up?

DARK OF COURSE, IT’S HILARIOUS IN A WAY, BUT IT WASN’T THE INTENTION 😉

14. Any plans to hit the road?

YES, OUR MANAGER IS A VERY AMBITIOUS FELLOW, HE HAS SURPRISES IN STORE IN EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA AND USA

15. What else is happening next in TITAN’s world?

TO MAKE A HELL OF A SHOW. AND THERE ARE AT LEAST 3 MORE VIDEOS TO COME… ALSO A REMIXES ALBUM IS COMING IN 2017…

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