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INTERVIEW: Atmig

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

Julia: Magnificent!

Tobias: Full of smiles!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trip”?

Tobias: For sure.

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

Tobias: None in particular.  More the result of a gradual change in perspective that comes with age.  Oh, how nice it would be to be yourself.  And, oh how nice it would be to sing about it freely.

How was the film experience?

Julia: I had the best time, I’d do that everyday of my life.  And for all the times that we had to hear the song as we filmed each shot it’s still one of my favorite songs. I’m definitely not tired of it yet.

Tobias: It was a rush.  Everyone in the room was driven toward a common purpose.  Always an experience.

How was the recording and writing process?

Julia: It was actually my first time recording in a professional studio. It was a major dream come true for me and Tim Smith of Soundscape Studio has been amazingly supportive of our band throughout the recording process and beyond.

Tobias: I was 1.5 hours late because I had the schedule wrong and then underestimated my travel time.  I do that.  We still finished the session with time to spare because we only required a couple of takes.  Also, Soundscape Studios is very efficient.

What role does Detroit plays in your music?

Julia: I think that the Detroit spirit permeates our work ethic as musicians. The example Detroit has set for me personally is that no matter how bleak things look, with hard work and determination things will get better.

Tobias: I’d like to have the honor of adding to the amazing music that has come out of the Detroit.  I’m motivated by those who presently do the same.

How has Death Cab For Cutie and The Cure influence your writing?

Tobias: I’ve only recently been listening to the lyrics in songs.  Before that, I would be drawn to the instrumental and vocal melodies of a song.  Once I started listening to lyrics, I discovered DCFC’s tendency to sneak in intense lyrical content into otherwise joyous sounding music.  I think Trip has some of that.  Cure songs communicate to me “here’s my heart.”  I’m drawn to that authenticity and try to follow that example.

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

Tobias: Always.  We will back in the studio in the summer.  We are probably going to start with our song “Whale”, which gets a strong response live, followed by the songs “Wishes” and “Elliott Smith”.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Tobias: I would like to target early February.  I proposed a couple of titles this morning: “If you love someone, set them free, in the middle of nowhere” or “Please don’t comb over here.”  The latter has been officially rejected by Julia.

Any plans to hit the road?

Julia: I’d love to tour sometime soon, but for now we play pretty exclusively in the Detroit music scene.

What else is happening next in Atmig’s world?

Tobias: We are working on some great shows with other Detroit bands in the summer.  Also, Make Music Detroit is in June.  We look forward to contributing.

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