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INTERVIEW: PATHS

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

Hey!! I’m great!! Really excited today as my next two singles have been released at the same time as a split A/B release!!! The tracks are ‘Right Beside You’ with a B-Side of ‘Last One Standing’.  It’s great to finally let people hear what I’ve been working on the past year!! I’m excited to see what people think!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Right Beside You”?

It’s about being in a relationship and feeling that you’re not being seen. Missing that connection with someone.  In the digital age we leave in, more than often people may all be in the same room together but in their own separate digital bubble, on their laptops, ipads, phones etc.  The chorus screams out ‘I’m right beside you’,  I’m here, I’m present, I’m beside you!

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

No there wouldn’t be one event, it was more an observation of how much time we spend glued to our digital devices, myself included. I’m a programmer by day, and on my laptop by night, It’s like the matrix, I’m always plugged in! lol

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Funny you should say that! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XwvSkbUlko

How was the recording and writing process?

The basis of every song starts with my clean guitar demos with my Carbon copy delay pedal.  My demos are very minimal, but provide the main melodies for the tracks.
The recording came together really quickly, I’d almost say within 48 hours. It started with just clean guitar strums, which you still hear in the verses. We layered this with a guitar we actually sampled and play from a midi keyboard as a riff. That along with the bouncing drum beat, created an almost Irish sounding rhythm to the whole song.  We added to that, really sparkly sequenced synths, and the frantic repeated vocal line of ‘I’m right beside you’ to enhance the emotion of the lyrics.

Does this double track mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I actually have a whole albums worth of tracks ready to go! Performing as a solo act, I had to create all my tracks to an instrumental level, so that we could then create ‘backing’ tracks out of the songs, for me to be able to perform them onstage right from the very first show!  Myself and my producer Rory Friers (from ASIWYFA) made the decision that if I was already singing the backing harmonies, I might as well sing the main vocals as well, and completely finish each song to radio quality.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

As much as I would love to get ALL the songs out there in one go, we realized the power of social media to grow an artist. People want to continually hear from an artist and be a part of their musical journey. So I’ve made the decision to release most of the songs as individual singles. This way, it gives me time to get to know the fans, and be creative with each release, building my profile with every release. Hopefully that also excites the fans, as they don’t have to wait long to hear fresh new music from me!  Subscribe on my website to news on my release first 1 http://iampaths.com/

Would this serve double track serve as a sneak peek to this new material?

Yeh, these two songs, and my debut release ‘Neoprene’, we’re all wrote in succession, at the very start of the recording process of my PATHS music. So I wanted to get that music out quite quickly to let people get a real feel for my style and who I am as an artist. My future releases are in a similar vein, with lots of looped guitar samples and synths, however we tried to create diversity in each track, spanning several genres, from atmospheric electronica to more rock sounding guitar riffs, which comes from my love of rocking out on stage!

Any plans to hit the road?

I have to work full-time at the moment to be able to support my music career, but would love to incorporate shows into locations that I can travel to on my holidays. e.g. do a city tour around Europe, doing a show in each city!  For now, I think I’ll be getting myself out there digitally, doing Facebook live streams, videos of secret shows etc. I love playing live, and I’d love my fans to see me play live.

What else is happening next in PATHS’ world?

Throughout the year I’ll be releasing more singles, as well as videos, live streams, and some DJ-ing as well. I love finding new music and bringing it to new audiences who love discovering new music. I have a ‘favourites’ Spotify Playlist I add new discoveries to every week, give it a follow and enjoy! http://tiny.cc/PATHSFavourites

Thanks!

Jules

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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