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INTERVIEW: PONCE

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

Hi Hi! We’ve been good, doing some prep for the EP, but also been cranking out some new songs in the studio.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Moving To Los Angeles”?

Yea! This song is the first single we’ve released off our upcoming EP so far. A lot of the elements of the song came together in a short period of time, and the chorus has pretty much been the foundation since I first started to write it. Probably the biggest changes came during the production of the track, which I did with my good friend Marcus Garceau who is the front man for a great rock band, Omega Swan.

The focus was trying to build a sound around the lyrics that was playful and very vibey, but also leant to the subject matter of the song, creating this huge continental distance both emotionally and sonically.

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

I think L.A. and NYC have characteristics and identities that we as a culture portray, and I really wanted to use that mindset in this song during the writing process. New York (I’m not from there don’t hate me, New Yorkers) has this identity as being authentic and raw and straight to the point, While Los Angeles (again, sorry for stereotyping, haha) might seem more fake, surface-like that is idyllic but at the same time kinda shallow. I wanted to use the contrast of each to build the foundation of the relationship of where the two people were coming from. Moving to L.A. being this new and exciting idea where everything is bright and beautiful with beautiful people etc.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

So we will a live, in-studio video for Moving to Los Angeles, but the first music video for the EP will be Surrender to the Night, which we are shooting this weekend!

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

I’ll let you all go search for the textbook definition of Afterglow, but through the entire process of recording the record, we along with our team and collaborators have had a blast feeding off each other’s motivation and creativity, which I think makes the title a very fitting one. I get the biggest high from music when collaborating, and that also plays a little into the title, along with the feel and vibe of the record I think it fits perfect for this as well as future releases.

How was the recording and writing process?

I mostly will start and finish a song lyrically on the guitar or at the piano, and work off ideas and production notes from there. Melodies and vibes can change a lot from when the song first is conceptualized to the final mix, because a song seems to reveal new things to you everytime you work on it. It’s crazy to hear each song as it is now compared to where it started at. Super trippy stuff.

As far as recording, everything was mostly recorded at Sound Emporium B in Nashville, and we did overdubs at Redact Studios, which is the studio that our engineer and good friend Edsel Holden owns.

How has Nashville influenced your music?

At the core, Nashville subconsciously and subliminally has influenced me and motivated me to an extreme point. There are so many talented people here, not just in regards to genres or music, but there’s a whole culture of art here that is very exciting to see grow and morph into it’s own. I find myself becoming more and more influenced by people and relationships, then say a band or artist specifically.

How did you guys get into Americana music? What aspect of the genre are you exploring?

We’ve always been huge fans of American music, and I think as I continue to grow as a songwriter, traditions in writing will always act as a template at times for structure and the power behind that relationship.

With that being said, it’s interesting. As you move your way through the EP when it’s released, I think you’ll find we have heavy relationships and influence with pop, rock and R&B, and the newer stuff we’re writing is even more heavily inspired by that. I’m trying to do a better job of not writing with a genre or audience in mind, but just to write very honestly and make it as dope as possible.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

From Patti Smith’s book ‘Just Kids’, to Taylor Swift and Jackson Pollack, The record has a multitude of themes and inspirations on it. That’s kind of what I was getting at as far as writing honestly. Honest writing isn’t writing universally accepted, easy words or sentences. Honest writing for Carson Poncé is American Crew pomade and box wine. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yea! We’ve got some dates lined up for late spring in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast we’ll be announcing, then hopefully tour throughout summer. So if you’re reading this hit us up!

What else is happening next in PONCE’s world?

I have 4 songs that are already written and ready for the next record with a few more in the early stages, also trying to spend more time collaborating with people. I really want to get better at producing, so I am investing in my home studio, as well as hoping to produce some projects or artists this year!

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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