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INTERVIEW: Those Who Knew

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

Hi! It’s a pleasure, and really well thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Losing Touch”?

Definitely! Losing Touch was released as the first single from the EP, and the bands debut single. This choice was mainly due to it’s upbeat vibe and catchy hooks. The song was written about a relationship that hit a point where it isn’t so easy anymore, and if it’s to carry on both sides will have to give it their all. Our protagonist is saying he will do whatever it takes, and hoping his counterpart will do the same. The melodies for the verse and chorus were originally from two separate songs, but eventually combined with new lyrics to make ‘Losing Touch’.

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

No specific event, more a combination of previous experiences.

How was the film experience?

Really exciting! We had the pleasure of working with Life is Art Visuals for the shoot. The video was a one take, so the majority of the shoot day was spent planning out the route for the camera and where everyone needed to be and when. The timing had to be so tight, in the video it all looks so calm but off camera it was complete bedlam! From the time the camera left the drum kit we had under a minute to move the kit into a different room and then poor Emily had about 30 seconds to set it up. As you can imagine it took a few takes to get it right…

The single comes off your new EP New Perspective – what’s the story behind the title?

Each song on the EP represents a different point of view on a similar situation, in particular, on a relationship. So the idea with the title that each song is a new perspective.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing slightly differed for each song on the EP, and they were all written at completely different times (Shadow in the Sea even before the band had formed). We had a lot more demo’s recorded than just the four songs on the EP, but decided these were the ones that fitted together best, and thought some of the others were better saved for later projects. Recording was great, we went down to Surrey to work with Matt O’Grady who’s recorded with the likes of You Me At Six, Deaf Havana and Don Broco. We stayed in an apartment for the week while working with Matt, worked in the studio throughout the days and went out for drinks at night. Couldn’t have been much better!

What’s the new perspective/point of view you are spreading with this record?

I guess the message we are putting forward is not to be afraid to approach things from a different angle. Sometimes you need to look at it from a different perspective.

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

I’d say this varies from song to song and also depends on who’s written the song. But in a general sense I think lyrically we often pull from our experiences and individuals and as a band, whether this is referring difficulties we’ve faced in recent times or possibly happy memories we’ve made and so on.

Musically we all have quite differing tastes, from vocalist Danny Graves being very influenced by artists such as Prince whereas guitarist Jordan Toal draws inspiration from bands like Knuckle Puck.

As a whole the general sounds we take the biggest influence from are the likes of Paramore, Deaf Havana, Lower than Atlantis to name a few.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have tons of shows coming up in the midlands area (Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leicester etc), so keep an eye out for them. Later in the year we’ll be covering much more of the UK!

What else is happening next in Those Who Knew’s world?

Hopefully playing a lot more gigs and festivals over the next year and just spread our music as far a possible. We’ve already been working on more material and have quite a few songs written for after the EP, but that’s still quite a way down the line yet!

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