Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sabrina Segment”?
Stepha: Well, it’s our first single and we came out with the music video for it a little under a month ago.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Stepha: I think it was just the culmination of everything that happened to us once we moved to New York. There was a whirlwind of super intense experiences and situations that befell us. After a while I think we started to feel kind of numb to everything and needed to wake back up. So, its kind of that feeling of wanting someone to rescue you or help you out of the mess but also being complacent in your misery because you’re scared of what’s next.
Ben: It’s actually the first track we ever made! I was scoring a documentary and Stepha offered to help on a song, which eneded up being ‘Sabrina’.
How was the film experience?
Stepha: The film experience was intense. It isn’t easy making a music video with zero budget and very little resources. Also, the night before we started filming we got no sleep and were stuck on a subway car with a man who had a gun.
There were good things about it, though. Our friends helped us make the entire thing. My friend from back home, Erica O’Brien, shot the entire video. A very talented designer that we met on another video shoot, KorinaEmmerich, styled and designed it. And our friend who is also an artist and video whiz, Vega Teknique, edited it.
Ben: Yeah, it was definitely wonderful and difficult at the same time. It was really amazing making it from start to finish: coming up with a storyboard, scouting locations, bringing the team of artists together, shooting and editing. It was our first video and we learned a ton.
How was the recording and writing process?
Stepha: The process was really simple. Ben was working on scoring a documentary and I attended a screening for it. I really related to one of the characters so I wrote Sabrina Segment. For the vibe I told Ben what I wanted: something kind of raw and grungy but driving and he delivered on that so well. He chopped my vocals in the most simple and brilliant way and made the mood exactly what I was feeling.
Ben: It was super smooth. Stepha sat on our couch and wrote the lyrics in like two minutes. Then I stepped out of the room, and when I came back she had finished recording!
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
Stepha: We are based out of Harlem, but go to Brooklyn a lot. I guess there is a culture of young rebellion in Brooklyn that speaks a lot to me personally. I would like to put that in our music, a kind of raw feeling. I think some of that was in our video as well (we didn’t want to be edited at all and all of my scars are on display). There is a value in imperfection that is very prevalent in Brooklyn and all over New York’s youth culture that speaks to me.
How has your upbringing have influence you as artist?
Stepha: My parents have been extremely supportive of both Ben and I as artists. Growing up we didn’t always have a lot of money but a lot of value was definitely put on culture, art and intellect. My parents taught me to be creative as well as to never quit and both of those things have proved golden in this industry.
Ben: I grew up surrounded with music. My mom was a singer/songwriter with a women’s group and my dad is a violin maker. They’re both multi-instrumentalists, so I learned a lot from a young age.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Stepha: YES! We are working on that now. We are really trying to hone down an EP, we have a lot of material but its really picking the right things for us right now. Trying to figure out what we want to say, what we want this EP to be about and what speaks to us.
Ben: Yes, well said!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Stepha: Hopefully soon, as in the next month or two, we can do it!
Ben: We have a couple different options for a title!
Any plans to hit the road?
Stepha: We would really like to do festivals and tours this next year. The whole point is to have an adventure and you can’t do that without traveling. We would also like to end up in LA in the coming months.
What else is happening next in URUGUAY’s world?
Stepha: We are currently planning a benefit show as well as trying to stretch our wings. That means: collaborate/play with more people, model for great brands, making an impact on people’s lives and learning. We have so many goals, now we just have to achieve them.
Ben: The EP is a big focus right now, and like Stepha said, just growing as a band and staying focused.