Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great! We’re staying busy and looking forward to a big 2017.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deeper Well”?
Luci: Deeper Well is my favorite song from my favorite Emmylou Harris album. When we were looking for a cover to wrap up the project we were working on, it didn’t take us long to arrive at Deeper Well because it’s just an amazing song. We wanted to put our own spin on it, to tell the story in our own way, because we’ve all experienced the thirst for something more.
Beau: Deeper Well is a beautifully written song by the incredible Emmylou Harris about having had a glimpse of life that is so completely different than what you’ve always known and just chasing, forever, that feeling of something more.
Did any event in particular inspire you to cover this song?
Luci: I would say that it’s more the culmination of a series of events – of years, maybe – of the thrill and frustration that comes with following a passion. At times, it really does seem like the rivers have run dry and there’s nothing more you can do, but deep inside, there’s an unstoppable yearning for more, and it drives you to keep pushing and searching.
Beau: We love Emmylou Harris and have always admired not only her music and voice, but her incredible work as a lyricist. She excels at portraying something even deeper than the words that she’s singing and making you really feel what it is she was feeling when she wrote the song. The way she made us feel while listening to the song made us want to translate that into our own style and make others feel that way.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Beau: Yes! Absolutely. We shot the footage over two days in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was an incredible experience. We’re getting ready to release it.
The single comes off your new album Fire Dancer – what’s the story behind the title?
Luci: Fire Dancer is the name of one of the songs on the EP, which was partially inspired by Dustfinger, my favorite character from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy. We loved the idea of taking something that could be used for destruction – the fire – and using it to give hope to others. We wanted to express that duality in the song.
How was the recording and writing process?
Luci: In a word? Unbelievable. We met our producer (Dan Hannon) on a Friday night at a show in Atlanta and were in studio the next Monday. Of course we had the usual reservations – will we get along, how will this work out, will he get us and will we get him, that sort of thing – but there was an immediate energy there, and as soon as we started working, everything fell into place. It was hard work, and there were some difficult days, but there’s no way to express the way I felt when we finished. I’m extremely proud of it, and excited to release!
Beau: Once we got into a rhythm and started creating something that we all were amazed by and so proud of already, even in its infancy, we really formed a bond and connected on a completely different level to finish out this EP. Every single moment we spent in Dan’s basement studio, writing and singing and playing our hearts out was an absolute blast and, overall, an experience that we wouldn’t trade for the world. Through the months we spent creating this EP, we gained experience, knowledge, a better understanding of who we are as artists, writers, singers, and people in general, and gained a lifelong friend and collaborator in our producer and so many others along the way. We absolutely love and adore the incredible team of people who we’ve met and teamed up with along the way in making this EP. Every song has been another step up for us and every time we write, record, or perform our music, we feel ourselves tested and pushed to be better and better than we were before. We hope that is clear to anyone who hears this album.