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INTERVIEW: Tilia

Hi Tilia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, thanks! I really like X-mas time. And I’m very glad to be in VENTS! 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Golden”?

Golden is about the perfect moment, which is something I think everybody chases in their life. It’s a song about the moment, when time and space don’t play a role, and life seems to take over of it’s own accord. The song tells about adventurousness and deep confidence at the same time – when you can let yourself go and know that life is going to catch you, and that it will take you to those places and experiences you’ve been looking for.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s not about a particular event. It’s rather inspired by the feeling, when you can share your life with someone you love.

What was the inspiration for the new video?

We were looking for a possibility to spread the feeling of a gentle, golden moment. Then I got in touch with the line dance school in Zurich. And these guys agreed to spend a warm autumn day dancing light-footed in the sun.

The single comes off your new album Pattern – what’s the story behind the title?

It stands for the process to reach my second album. For “pattern” I opened my mind and discovered different facets of my life, musically and emotionally. The songs are about death and love, about exhaustion and joy of living. About all what we experience in life. All these pieces exist on their own. But at the same time they appear as a natural arrangement, as a meaningful pattern of life.

How was the recording and writing process?

I got a raw idea of a song and we worked on it as a band. I’m definitely a teamplayer! For “Pattern” the band members were more involved in the arrangement process and – for a few songs – also for the writing process. I guess if you compare the first and second record, you recognize that the instrumental parts got more space in the songs. Tilia drifted slightly away from the typically sing/songwriter genre.

What was it like to work with Reto Peter and how did that relationship develop?

Reto grew up in the same tiny village in Switzerland as me! But actually we have met a few years ago, because of my label Ambulance Recordings. They worked with Reto before. I love working with Reto! He has really got the feeling for the song and for the atmosphere. It’s impressive how focused and concentrated he works on each detail of a song. Though, he doesn’t stick with an idea, there is still time for creativity and experiments.

How much did he get to influence the album?

That’s difficult to answer. I think producers influence recordings a lot – that’s part of their job! As we already worked for the first album together, we’ve developed the specific sound of Tilia three years ago. So for Reto and me, the direction of what second album should sound like, was clear.

What patterns are you exploring on this record?

As I said before, pattern means to me the arrangement of all aspects of life. I think, it’s the first time I wrote about the sunnier side of life. Usually, I write songs about sad things to handle them. There are also three songs in Swiss German on the record. It was a lot of effort to show that naked side of me and my music. But I’m very happy to have done it. “Pattern” became a very personal record.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m in touch with a promotion and booking agency in the UK. I hope they’ll be successful, haha! In Switzerland and Germany there is a tour happening in autumn 2017, when the record will be released.

Rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing! Can’t wait to play the next shows!

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