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INTERVIEW: Island Apollo

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

We’ve been great!  Just been a busy year behind the scenes, writing and recording material.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hold It Down”?

It’s a song about dissatisfaction with life; and also about a worry that your life might be great, but you yourself are incapable of appreciating it.  Its definitely something that I struggle with, and its one of those things that you can try to work on but for the most part you just try to get through each day.

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

Not really, it’s just a sentiment that I was thinking about around the time that we wrote this song.  Its funny how ideas rattling around in your head will surface when you start writing lyrics.  I definitely did not set out to write a song about dissatisfaction, it really just came out naturally as we worked on the track.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely!  Those plans will come together in the coming months.

How was the recording and writing process?

We took a good amount of time off from touring and just wrote, which was sort of strange but ultimately allowed us to focus on creating.  I think with this batch of songs we didn’t try to control the process as much as we have in the past.  We let these songs sort of form on their own, without worrying too much about who we might be referencing or what style it was taking on.  Obviously you’re making stylistic choices all the time when you’re writing and recording, but I just feel we didn’t overthink things for this EP.  If it felt good, we went with it.

What was it like to work with Eric Lilavois and how did that relationship develop?

We were connected to Eric through a mutual friend, and sensed from the style of the artists that he had produced in the past that he might be a good match for us.  We ended up having a call with him and an eventual meeting in Los Angeles and found that he was a really kind and intelligent guy.  From the first creative meeting we had I could tell he was going to be instrumental to this EP’s character.

How much did he influence the song?

Eric was more involved with sound design and performance than with songwriting for this track.  But every performance, every choice of instrument, every mix judgment among countless other decisions was a topic of discussion between him and the band.  Sometimes you can get lost in an album by nature of being too close to it.  It was good to have another ear you can depend on to give you perspective at times.

How do you usually tend to blend your surf rock and urban influences?

I think that’s just a natural product of every member of the band coming together with his own influences.  I think Heath brings a lot of that surf guitar tone and our rhythm section just has a particular way of playing together that is unique to them.  But it isn’t necessarily planned.

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

Yes, we have four other songs that will round out this EP; follow us online for announcements of coming releases!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There are some titles being thrown around, but we haven’t settled on one yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely.  Again, follow us online to make sure you know when we are coming to your city!

What else is happening next in Island Apollo’s world?

More of the same.  We continue to write and record, and book shows as often as we can.  It’s what we love to do, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

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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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