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INTERVIEW: Beau + Luci

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.

What role does Georgia play in your music?

Luci: I heard someone say once that there’s a certain “swampy soul” in Georgia music, and I don’t think there’s a better way to describe it. We grew up surrounded by it, and we just soaked it up, then infused it in everything that we do. Just look at the artists that came from Georgia: The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, James Brown, Gram Parsons. They have been such a huge part of our lives and have inspired us in so many ways. Beyond that, there’s a bit of mystery and magic that still lives in the Okefenokee Swamp, where we were lucky enough to grow up, and we carry that with us.

How much did Emmylou Harris influence the album?

Luci: Emmylou Harris has been a fixture in our musical lives for as long as I can remember, so trying to express how much she influenced this album is a bit difficult, just because she has influenced us so heavily before we ever even thought about writing this album. Her lyricism, her artistry, her harmonies… everything about her is so genuine. We want to capture that raw emotion and focus on artistry in everything that we do.

What aspect of life did you get to explore on this material?

Luci: For a six song EP, there’s a lot of life there: the valleys and the mountaintops, love and loss and pain and joy and hope, frustration, questions of life and death. From top to bottom, it’s a look back at our lives from the places we’re currently in, and a look toward what’s ahead, with all of the excitement and uncertainty that comes with it.

Beau: Every track on this EP is just a massive piece of us as people and as artists. We have worked so hard to create something that raises the bar for us and that makes us feel proud to be who we are and do what we do, and share it with the world, in the hope that it resonates with others.

Any plans to hit the road?

Luci: Definitely! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of playing live, and our goal is to share our music in new places to new people as often as we can.

Beau: We’re absolutely thrilled to take all of this music that we love and play it live— we hope to take it as far and wide as we can.

What else is happening next in Beau + Luci’s world?

Luci: We’ve got another single coming out in January, an EP to release in March, gigs to play, music videos to shoot, and new songs to write and record. Every day is another chance to grow and evolve, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next year holds.

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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