INTERVIEW: Foxtrot & The Get Down

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

Hey guys! We’ve been busier than ever. Between shooting videos, sitting on conference calls, doing interviews, flip flopping between Philly and Nashville, writing, and oh yeah, getting everything together for the new record, we’ve got a lot on our plate (Definitely not complaining).

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just A Kid”?

Ah, “Just a Kid”. JAK has always felt special to us. So special, in fact, that we felt the need to record it twice. We’ve known from its inception that the song needed to be huge. It needed to be overly  in-your-face. The first time we cut it, it just didn’t have the gusto to merritt calling it the final version of the tune. Luckily, we got back with Tres (producer Tres Sasser) and really put everything we had behind it. The version that made the album is exactly what we had invisioned.

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

The song was a result of experiencing the music industry first hand. You come in so green that getting lost and losing sight of what’s important. The constant give and take between the creative and the business aspects of the industry can really change some people. “Just a Kid” was our response. A way of reminding ourselves to always be true to who we are. Five kids from Philly who just want to make music and passionately live the lives we work for.

How was the film experience?

The video itself was such a process. A year passed from the beginning and end of shooting. Between recutting the song, and the hectic schedules both we and our director, Chase from Guru Media Group, keep it was bound to take time and patience to get this thing all wrapped up. The proof is in the product though. Chase’s eye and the ideas that get thrown around between us really lent itself to creating a ridiculous video.

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

The title itself is the name of a song that was written after the album’s completion. Many times, we don’t understand what these songs are about until after the fact. What we came to  realize was that this record is the summation of the period of time in our lives that we just experienced. It’s a story: leaving Philadelphia, making the pilgrimage to Nashville, cutting the record, seeing the country, playing God knows how many shows, and then at the outset realizing how much Philadelphia and the people we love really mean to us. It’s about our roots and the love we have for our home.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the record is always a simple process. The words and songs just keep coming. Recording was a learning experience. Working with such phenomenal professionals like Tres Sasser and Joe Costa, you need to prove that you belong. Being a bunch of kids from Philly trying to cut your teeth in Music City is stressful enough, but end of the day it’s the only thing that makes any sense for us. We like to make ourselves uncomfortable.

How has Philly influence your writing?

Philadelphia is the reason we’re talking to you guys right now. It made us, and continues to make us, into who we are today. You can’t fake anything in Philly. If you’re not genuine, people can pick that out in a second. The city always keeps us grounded, and keeps our eyes focused on what’s real. That’s why the music and the writing will always be from the heart.

What roots did you get to explore on this material? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

This record is written completely from the band’s point of view. From time to time, you write songs that realistically don’t pertain to you. They’re just words on a page. “Roots too Deep” is a collection of tunes that tell a very specific story. It’s a deeply personal record, written for the people we love and the city we call home. That being said, it’s also written for anyone experiencing the same situations, feeling the same emotions. These aren’t larger than life tales, rather they’re the most relatable stories possible. That’s what makes this album special to us.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll keep this answer simple, because this is always our answer. YES. We pride ourselves on being a live band, and people will be seeing a lot of us this year.

What else is happening next in Foxtrot & The Get Down’s world?

We have a ton of press coming up. Shows are falling into place, songs continue to just pour out of us. That being said, we’re just going to keep our heads down and continue to work. It’s what we do best.

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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