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INTERVIEW: Inward of Eden

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

-It’s great to be talking to you!  We are doing well.  It’s pretty busy in our world right now

Can you talk to us more about your single “Mind Control”?

-It’s pretty much a tune about love and manipulation.  We wanted it to be fun, but also something that anyone could identify with.  We’re extremely happy with how it turned out.

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

-We’ve all known people similar to the character in “Mind Control”, but this was a take on a specific situation I (Dusty Owen, the vocalist)  went through a few years back.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

-We actually do have plans for a video release.  We are hoping to have it finished by early summer.  We actually have a huge youtube star thats going to act in it for us.  We’re keeping their name a secret currently though.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

-The “Mind Control”  song title really opened up a lot of options for us as far as artwork, merch, and other marketing ideas for us.  It really boiled down to that.  It does seem to be the most poplular song we play at live shows now as well too.

How was the recording and writing process?

-It was a long process, but completely worth it.  We worked with Mike Dearing of Hi-fi Studios in Knoxville TN.  He really helped us find our sound for these 4 tunes.  It can be difficult at times with 5 different opinions to find a direction to take an album.  Not only did Mike help us find a direction, but he also took our songs and made them sound amazing.  We also sent the tunes to seattle, to be mastered to a guy named Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering.  He really polished the songs up and put the finishing touches on them.  He’s worked with huge acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Disturbed, and August Burns red.  We are extremely happy with how our new songs turned out.  We can’t wait to finish more.

From all the decades, what is it about the 90s music scene that you find so fascinating?
-The 90’s stick with me (Dusty Owen) because that was the music of my youth.  Its crazy the impact music has on you when you grow up.  To this day if you mention a song i loved from the 90’s I can tell you where I was when I heard and even what year it was.  I just conected with it.  The other guys would each have a different answer for this, but that is mine.  Some of the guys are more influenced by metal and others classic rock.  We have a wide array of influences

What role does Knoxville play in your music?

– Just growing up around Knoxville or in the southern U.S.  in general effects our music.  Our music is definitely effected by the culture here.  Whether we are talking about family, faith, love, or just life in general it is effected by our personal experiences growing up here.

What made you want to explore the themes of human condition?

-We wanted to make music that moves people and that makes people move.  If you talk about situations that we have all experienced then the listener will connect to it. If you take that experience and put a great beat behind it then people really connect to it.

What aspect of brainwashing did you get to explore on this record?

The title track “Mind Control”  was just based on a relationship with a manipulative individual.

Any plans to hit the road?

We do have plans for a short summer tour!  We will be announcing dates withing the next few weeks.  It will be based in the southern U.S., but we are hoping to branch out even more as our new songs gain some national attention.

What else is happening next in Inward of Eden’s world?

We have a lot of things lined up actually.  The next thing we have lined up is opening for rock heavyweights Blackfoot.  They wrote the top 20 hit “Highway Song”.  We are extremely excited to share the stage with them.  After that we have a show with veteran rock act Smile Empty Soul who peaked at 8 on the alternative charts in 2003.  We’ve really been blessed to be able to open up for several national acts in the short time we’ve been a band.  After those two shows, other than a few tour dates, we’ll be writing and recording more tunes.  Our goal is to always be proactive so we give ourselves the best chance at turning this music stuff into a living.  We are extremely hardworking.

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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