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INTERVIEW: Valensole

Valensole are: Vocal/Guitar – Elliott Jones, Lead Guitar – Nick Jones, Bass/Backing Vocals – Dave Parker

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey Vents! We’ve been great, so glad to get some music out there, it’s been too long!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Where We Should Be”?
Elliott – ‘Where We Should Be’ is an uplifting, motivational punk rock song. Imagine being up on the big stage, not having to do work a job you hate and striving towards doing what you really want to do.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Elliott – It came from attending a lot of festivals/gigs last year, seeing so many amazing bands and wanting to be where they are. I always write down lyrics on my phone, and eventually, I have lots of ideas to choose from.

How was the film experience?
Dave – Really good, it was a lot of hard work as I’ve never made a project this big in premier pro. I really enjoyed making it and I feel it emulates the DIY punk ethos we have as a band.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?
Nick – It sums up our attitudes towards being ambitious and making music that has a positive message.

Elliott – It felt like a good basis to start our new band off with, trying to be somewhere you feel should be.

How was the recording and writing process?
Elliott – I learnt a lot from the recording process! It’s so expensive to record and I’m trying to get as much mixing experience as possible, so I can pursue that on the side. With writing, I write all the key aspects and the guys help mould them together.

Dave – It felt good to do it all ourselves, under our steam and in our own time. It made the final product feel all the more organic.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Most inspiration comes from going to shows and seeing other bands. We want to be playing to lots of people and doing that motivates us. A lot of lyrics are taken from experiences with work/life, and it’s so that we can remind ourselves why we’re doing it.

Any plans to hit the road?
Elliott – Yes, we’re stoked to announce we’ll heading out across the UK in January.. dates to be released soon!

What else is happening next in VALENSOLE’s world?
Elliott – We’re going to play as many shows as possible, release another video and we have a tonne more songs written that need to be recorded!

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