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INTERVIEW: Villes

Pic by Jasper Tan

Answered by Dominic Tan

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

Hey! It feels great finally letting the world listen to the new music we’ve been working on!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t You Worry”?

“Don’t You Worry” is a song about leaving the naysayers behind. There are songs on ‘The Cure’ that took us years to finalise, but “Don’t You Worry” was the last and fastest song we wrote. It just funny how the song that took us the fastest to write ended up being the first single. There was something about the vibe that we knew it had to be the first.

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

I was going out this girl a couple of years back and almost a year into the relationship she said, “You know you’d have to stop doing this music thing eventually and get a proper job right?” and that was my cue to leave. But thanks to her we have “Don’t You Worry”. LOL

How was the film experience?

It was by far the biggest production we’ve been a part of. It was a super team of friends from different parts of the film industry. It was such a blessing to work with such a professional team. And also, it was MJ’s (our guitarist) directorial debut and we can’t be happier with the result!

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

The theme of the record come from the experiences of close friends of ours and the things we go through ourselves as well. The over-arching constant through out the record is addiction. The concept of being addicted is not only towards substances like alcohol and drugs but it applies to other issues like a toxic relationship with another person (as told in “The Levy Pt.2”), or being addicted to the comfort of climbing the corporate ladder (as told in “The Fear Generation”). Every song on ‘The Cure’ deals with a particular issue and we hope that it serves as the cure to the listener if he/she is going through, or knows someone who’s going through a situation as such.

How was the recording and writing process?
Completing this record has been one of the hardest things we had to go through as a band. From shifting studios twice to having a change in line-up. The past year has been a series of kicks to the groin but we just had to suck it up and now we’re stronger than ever. Definitely one of the greatest learning experiences.

What role does Singapore play on this album?

Since we started out, most of our songs were mainly about overcoming the struggles that we face here living in Singapore but we’ve come to realise that we’re not that much different from the rest of the world. A lot the people we’ve met on the road and that have reached out to us from around the world share the same shit that we face too. And to us that’s really the beauty of music.

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

We try to write songs that’ll make you wanna take action. Like a “call to arms” towards a particular issue. We used to write stuff about crappy relationships and how much it sucked but I think we’ve grown towards more existential themes. We still do have “love” songs on ‘The Cure’ but I think it’s angled towards the silver lining and about growing through that difficult time more than a “boo-hoo, self pity” kinda thing. LOL

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got nothing set in stone yet, but we had a blast touring in Australia and Japan in the past so we’d love to go back. Canada and the United States have always been a dream and we’re just waiting for the right time to go there.

What else is happening next in Villes’ world?

We’ll be releasing our next single “The Fear Generation” off our debut full-length ‘The Cure’ in April along with a music video which we just finished shooting. And we’ll be main support for Northlane on their first show here in Singapore. ‘The Cure’ is up for pre-order and the record drops in April so we’re super stoked for the months to come!

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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