Hi K V A S I R, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi VENTS; thanks for the welcome. I’ve been busy in the run up to the launch of my EP.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “First Throws”?
“First Throws” is the first song to come off my EP and it was the first song I finished when I was making it. It was weird to make this track because I started it with the mindset of ‘I can do anything I want here’… it was completely liberating. When I put it out I got a response from a blogger who was outraged that the drums didn’t come in for over a minute; that made me laugh a lot.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The sample of Alessio Rastani in the track brought it to life for me… his take on the recession was outrageous but wholly honest; I don’t know whether I respect or hate him. Maybe both. It was really easy to get the track finished when I started to think about that.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’ll be releasing a video for my next single ‘Motion’ which is coming off the EP. Its been filmed, edited and graded it. I can’t wait to get it out there!
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the album after your moniker?
I think a first release is the best time to take advantage of an eponymous title. K V A S I R has become another person to me now; I think of him as the artist… I think it’s right the first release takes that name.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing and recording happened simultaneously; most of the tracks were started while I was on tour with the band I play for. It was a really inspiring time. Travelling and writing at the same time was exciting. The track ‘Lyon’ from the album unsurprisingly came from three days off in Lyon where I had way too much time to think!
What role does 80s play in your music?
So much great music came from the 80s. It’s amazing to think that in 1981 ‘The Specials’, ‘Soft Cell’ and ‘Adam and the Ants’ all stood together in the top 10. Electronic music really seeped into the mainstream and the synth sounds from that era sound as good today as they did then. Most of the keyboards I covet and the majority of the keyboards I own were made in the 80s… I don’t think I can ever deny the influence the 80s has on my music.
What films get to influence and inspire the lyrics on this record?
‘Exchange’ was completely inspired by Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’. When I first watched that I was bowled over by how it looked; I loved the wardrobe, the cars, the apartments. Everything was so overblown.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m going to play a show to celebrate the release of the EP – I’m looking for the right venue as we speak. I’ll also be playing a few support shows in December and I plan to get a run of shows together for the start of 2017.
What else is happening next in K V A S I R’s world?
My second EP is nearly finished… I’m really happy with it and I’m rarely happy with anything. Surely that’s a good sign.