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INTERVIEW: Dead Lavender

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

Great thanks! How are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Season’s Change”?

Oliver: I’d love to.

Seasons Change is our debut single. Self written and self produced.

We’re very excited about this release. We’ve been friends for over a decade and have worked together on various projects but this is our first release as a musical duo.

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

V: Lyrically ‘Seasons Change’ is about that moment when you realise you can no longer continue a dysfunctional relationship. It’s a very defining moment the first time you experience that and it’s something we can both relate to. I almost added “unfortunately” to the end of that sentence; although its a tough thing to go through we are both firm believers that everything happens for a reason.

How was the filming experience?

Oliver: The filming experience was pretty fun! Funnily enough we actually shot most of the video on Christmas Day in Los Angeles. You’d be surprised how many people are walking the streets of LA on December 25.

What made you want to do a retro video?

Oliver: We decided to go with the retro vibe because videos have become so complex and overstimulating in recent years and we wanted to tap into people’s sense of nostalgia. For some reason we were both experiencing a lot of deja vu at the time of writing the song so it seemed appropriate to bring back the past a little bit. We’re both 90’s kids for reference.

How was the recording and writing process?

Oliver: It was actually very different from how we have penned other tracks. We usually write our songs acapella and then produce the track around that however, with ‘Seasons Change’ we started with the beat. We had a simple click and an arpeggiated synth and on the first time listening to the instrumental I started singing “Oh na na”. That deep vocal that opens the track is actually the original demo cut that I recorded the day the song was written.

What role does London play in your music?

Oliver: I think we both thrive off of the buzz of the city really. Not even just the music scene, it’s all about energy. The atmosphere here is almost electric and that really inspires and drives our creativity.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

V: Although we are keeping all doors open, our plan for now is to continue pushing out the tracks that we already have in the works as an introductory period for Dead Lavender. We are leaning more towards the EP than the LP at the moment; we tend to go through varying phases of creative influence and we feel like an EP allows you to isolate a creative concept in a more impactful way than an album.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

V: I can’t tell you a specific date but what I can tell you is that you won’t be waiting. Our next couple of tracks are set to release at regular intervals and we will be working on a collection of songs at the same time.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oliver: For sure! We plan on doing some London gigs in the near future and then once we’ve got an EP out we’d totally be down to hit the road! We will definitely be looking into a couple of LA gigs at some point.

What else is happening next in Dead Lavender’s world?

V: We’re currently working on the music video for our second single which is looking SO cool! I would love to tell you the concept but unfortunately I am under strict instruction to keep it On The DL.

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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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