– Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great, thanks! Incredibly busy but on the whole, pretty positive.
– Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cloudburst”?
This was one of the first tracks, if not the first track to be written for what would eventually become our double album, ‘Vox Humana’. I was going through a phase of listening to a lot of eighties pop, (actually I suppose I am still going through that phase) so a lot of that influence certainly creeps through on ‘Cloudburst’. At the end of the day, it was fun one to write and paved the way for the rest of the album’s writing process.
– Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I wrote this whilst I was working with Mike Holmes of the band ‘IQ’. We were working on the debut album together when the band went under the name of ‘Synaesthesia’. I wanted to write something that was a natural progression from the sound of the debut album. Something that was musically interesting whilst at the very core, being a straight up ‘song’ with a tune that anyone could hum along to.
– How was the film experience?
I assume you are referring to the filming experience for the music video of ‘Cloudburst’? I kid you not, we did this in a couple days in my front room. We used a projector, shining onto a white backdrop with us standing in the frame. I put together the projections in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Simple but effective. Was a ton of fun to do. I’d say only 10% of the overall captured footage was used. Loads of hilarious stuff in there that’ll probably never see the light of day.
– Why naming the album after this track in particular?
The maxi-single was named ‘Cloudburst’ as this was its primary focus. We wanted to expand on the song by releasing multiple versions, such as the ‘Feature Length Mix’ which is an extended version of ‘Cloudburst’ featuring plenty of new sections and arrangement changes.
– How was the recording and writing process?
Incredibly long and stressful, but we got there in the end. We never gave up on completing and putting ‘Vox Humana’ out as we knew we had a strong product at hand.
– Would you call this a somewhat conceptual record?
– What role does Porcupine Tree and Muse plays in your music?
Both of these bands have been major influences on my writing for years. I started listening to them both when I was around 13 so obviously at that age, things really sink in!
– Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
After we hit the eventual lightbulb moment of the overall story, concept and theme of the album – the lyrics basically snowballed and wrote themselves. It because easier and easier.
– Any plans to hit the road?
We’re working on it.
– What else is happening next in KYROS’ world?
We’re putting out a new EP in February entitled ‘Monster’ which includes two entirely new tracks as well as alternative versions of the track, ‘Monster’ which appears on ‘Vox Humana’. Much like our maxi-single approach for the ‘Cloudburst’ release, we wanted to put out more than just a simple one-track single. We don’t really do things by half-measures.
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