INTERVIEW: The Walking Tree

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

Things have been great, we just got back from an awesome show in CT at The Space. We are currently in the mixing stages of our upcoming EP,​ Cyclone Baby,​ and working on videos for those songs! So,​ it’s a lot of work but we are excited to share all this new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What’s In My Head”?

“What’s In My Head” was definitely a turning point for the band. Everything about it was completely DIY. We borrowed a bunch of recording gear, and tracked it. We then came up with the idea of doing a video ourselves that was all stop motion. It was a lot of work, and took about 2 months of shooting and editing. This was partly because we had to learn how to make a video, but in the end we feel it was totally worth the effort!

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

The song was written at a time in my life (Warren) when a lot of things were changing. I would say people didn’t necessarily like or agree with what I was up to. So it’s kind of a look inside my head, hence the chorus “what’s in my head” haha. But overall,​ it’s about making the most of life, no matter what all the voices around you are saying.

How was the filming experience?

Filming (or taking pictures haha) was really hard and tedious. We looked at a lot of YouTube tutorials on how to make a stop motion video, since we had never done anything like it. Each scene or idea you see took a full day of shooting. We definitely got better and better each shoot. I’d say the worst part was getting buried in sand. It was in our ears and noses for the next week.

Tell us about your upcoming EP, Cyclone Baby – what’s the story behind the title?

The EP was recorded down in Georgia. The studio (Glow In The Dark) has one of the coolest live rooms I have ever been in. It has a big old feel to it. Apparently

​P​rince recorded stuff in there at some point, so it was awesome to be in a place where so many talented people have played. You can really feel it in the air when you are there. It always brings out even more creativity being in that kind of environment. The title comes from the track “Cyclone Baby”. Its one of our favorites on the EP. After trying for so long to come up with a title, Kevin (our Drummer) came up with the idea and it seemed perfect.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing these songs was pretty cool. We really focused on the actual songs rather then each part. It was a lot of push and pull between all of us since everyone really cares about the songs. We had a place where we were set up to record demoes at any time so we could listen and revise each time we met. It was nice going into the studio with a real plan, and to feel prepared. Because of that, we were able to track the majority of it live. This was something new to us, but really helped to create an awesome vibe. The guitar amps are bleeding into the drum mics and things were a little more loose than we are used to. In the end I think that is what is so awesome about music in general. We wanted to sound like humans playing music.

What personal experiences did you get to explore on this album?

A lot of it stems from my (​W​arren) personal experience with the music industry, and also some bad situations I got myself into. It can, however lyrically mean a lot of things for different people. I think thats what is so cool about music. It connects and brings people together.

​A​ song may mean something and help me get through something, or inspire me in a completely different way than another person, but we still are at the same show sining the same lyrics together.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are working on putting a run together hopefully in March. We would like to get down to SXSW, so if you are between NYC and Texas hopefully we will see you soon!

What else is happening next in The Walking Tree’s world?

As of now we are working on a bunch of different videos for the songs from Cyclone Baby. Everything we do is completely DIY so its a lot of work, but it’s always special releasing something that is completely created by you. Be on the lookout for new songs, videos, live sessions, and lots of shows!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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