Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
(Band): Thanks a lot, it’s great to be here!
We have been really good: busy working on the EP release!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Halo'”?
Alex: Halo was the last track we wrote and produced among a list of songs we worked on in the least two years. We immediately realized it was a very powerful track and it kind of changed the way we looked at the other songs, influencing the whole production of the EP.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Alex: Halo is inspired by the whole experience of being in a band and the process of songwriting.
It’s about the struggle and the excitement you feel when you work on an important project where you are asked to give everything you have and you want to the best you can. It’s about the ups and the downs while pursuing creativity. The tears of joy, the bliss, the scars and the blood.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Vince: Absolutely: we shot a very powerful video for which represent very well the main theme of the song: the muse of creativity hunting us.
The single comes off your new EP Halo Pt. 1 – what’s the story behind the title?
Max: Although Halo came as the last song, it kind of steered the whole production process and quickly became a key reference. The “Part 1” bit comes from the fact we decided to split and release all the songs we wrote in two separate EPs to better promote our music. Part 1 is our official debut, it’s our declaration of intentions. Part 2 will be the consolidation and hopefully the consecration of our hard work.
Would you call this a conceptual record?
Alex: Absolutely: all the songs talk about personal experiences and the main theme of all the songs is the duality of human experiences and feelings: life is often wonderful but also full of thorns.
How was the recording and writing process?
Max: The writing process in Waiting for Titor is quite structured and collaborative but yet sometimes unpredictable. Alex usually comes up with ideas for a song which we then arrange and finalize all together. Our producer Geert d’Haene then adds the final touches to it, sometimes making a big difference.
We are very organized and we have to be: being located in different countries (England, Italy and our producer lives in Belgium) forces us to work with a more production oriented songwriting process. We often meet and play together in a rehearsal room, but as a matter of fact most of the production is done by exchanging demos via internet. Some songs came together quite easily, others required months of work and many radical reworks.
What was it like to work with Giovani Versari and how did that relationship develop?
Vince: Giovanni is amazing professional and it’s absolutely a pleasure to work with him.
The reason we decided to work with him is because he lives very close to Vince hometown (Forli’) and we thought it was a blessing to be able to reach out to such a highly respected engineer. He really believes in underground music and every now and then like to take on some unknown band to work with.
How much did he influence the album?
Mike: He didn’t influence the songwriting, as the album was mainly produced by us and by our producer Geert, but Giovanni’s special touch took the sound to another level of depth: the first time I listen to the mastered track I thought “oh my god, these songs really huge!”.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Mike: Alex is the main songwriter and lyricist of the band. How he comes up with ideas and inspirations for them is still a mystery for us!
Alex: my main inspiration in writing music, and especially lyrics, comes from the need of expressing my deepest feelings. Music is something that changed and directed my life in every aspect: it’s my first love and my religion. It’s an open window on my inner self.
And being in a band is like a blessing for me: without them I would be lost!
Any plans to hit the road?
Max: Definitely: we are planning to actively promote the EP in the UK, BeNeLux and Italy with as many gigs as we will be able to book. We strongly believe in live performance and we love to perform in front of an audience.
What else is happening next in Waiting For Titor’s world?