INTERVIEW: Two Cities, One World

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

Anna: Hello! Wonderful, thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your single “I See The Sun”?

Jared: Actually, “I See The Sun” is not the single from the album, just happens to be the first song on there. The single from “Let The Whole World Disappear” is a song called “Suga Daddy”.

“I See The Sun” did play a major role in the entire development of our record – it was one of the first songs we wrote for that album and it was very influential for our overall sound.

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

Anna: As far as the creation of “I See The Sun”, the lyrics are about a very difficult time in our lives as a couple – for about three months we were not allowed to be in each other’s country – I (Anna) was stuck in Bulgaria, not being able to go to the States and Jared was stuck in America, not being able to go to Bulgaria. So, we decided to meet in Portugal and travel Europe for 5 weeks until we could come back to Bulgaria. We started writing music right away and naturally, the lyrics are about the separation we just had experienced. The song, itself, is very worldly because it was actually written all over Europe.

Jared: That’s why it has a Latin vibe in the beginning – we were in Portugal at first and the kind of music you are hearing there is very similar. I was playing a kind of a jazzy-Latin thing and ended up turning into a really beautiful song.

Anna: Later on when we were working with our friend from Peru – Piero Epifania – he was our percussionist in Bulgaria, he was the one who added the samba feel at the end of the tune and that really tied it together.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Jared: We already have one! We shot it in Bulgaria last September before coming back to the States. Check it out on our YouTube Channel!

The single comes off your new album Let The Whole World Disappear – what’s the story behind the title?

Anna: Great question! “Let The Whole World Disappear” is a lyric from the song “Disappear”. It’s about the relationship between the musician and Music itself and the way it feels to us. The chorus of the song goes “Let The Whole World Disappear…” meaning to be lost in time and space while listening to Music, because this is what we feel when we play and sing. We initially thought that the title is too long, but it is actually very meaningful to us.

Jared: We’re gonna make a video for this song as well – we’re gonna film in Bulgaria and in St. Louis – each individual musician is gonna be connecting to Music on their own – playing by themselves and show our cities to our fans, the way we see them.

How was the recording and writing process?

Jared: We recorded the main instruments in Bulgaria with mostly Bulgarian musicians – drums, bass, vocals, guitar and percussion at a really fantastic studio. And then it was produced in St. Louis, where our producer recorded pianos, horns, flutes and extra sounds.

Anna: The writing process for this album was very natural – that’s how we write in general. Whatever comes out comes out and then we make a final selection of which songs we’d like to put in the album. The interesting thing is that the album always reflects a certain period in our lives because we only put songs together that were created around the same time. “Let The Whole World Disappear” is a reflection of our lives between 2014 and 2016. The next album, that we are working on right now is gonna be 2016 on and we hope to release it in January 2018.

What role does Bulgaria plays in your music?

Anna: It does play a big role – we have 3 songs written in Bulgarian. Everything influences our music, so where we live is very significant and it leaves its mark in the songs.

Jared: First thing to know about Two Cities One World – our name is interesting cause I am from St. Louis, Missouri and Anna is from Sofia, Bulgaria, so these are the Two Cities. The interesting though is that when we went to Bulgaria for the first time, we actually intended to come back and move to St. Louis from LA where we were living at the time. But we got instantly caught up with immigration, which was totally unexpected, and Anna wasn’t allowed to re-enter the US for 3 years.

We did our band in Sofia for 3 years and now we are back in STL, so really – Two Cities One World. And now we are travelling back and forth which is really fun!

You get to play with a few different cultures and vibes – how was the selection process? How did you choose which styles to tackle on this record?

Jared: We didn’t choose anything on purpose except for what we are and what we like. We just create music that we like. Our environment affects that. We are pretty worldly because we travel all the time and I love the impact that it has on us! We play with Piero from Peru – he’s awesome and he brings all of these Peruvian flavors and we also play with these amazing Bulgarian musicians who each bring their own thing.

Anna: We’re not on purpose trying to get cultures into our music, it just so happens because we play with very different people with different backgrounds. When somebody comes to play in our band, we have an outline of what we want the song to be like but that person still has their own freedom to bring whatever they want to the table that might actually be a big contribution to the music itself.

Most importantly, they way we write is from authenticity, we don’t try to fit in any boxes or structures. The music we write is very much what we love to listen to.

Does one genre tends to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?

Anna: I wouldn’t say that. A lot of times we come up with a concept for the lyrics and then just feel the vibe of what they call for musically. Sometimes we come up with the melody or harmony first and see what it calls for lyrically. Were not trying to be in a specific genre.

Jared: I’d say there’s genres that shine out but that’s based on our likes.

How does your marriage influence your music?

Anna: Our songs are our lives, so everything influences everything. Our relationship contributes to the music all the time.

Jared: There’s a lot of lessons we learn too, we talk a lot about what we learn in life. A lot of those lessons turn into songs.

Anna: Yes, that’s the beauty of it.

What positive messages were you looking to convey with this album?

Anna: Most of all – inviting people to be authentic and joyful in life.

Jared: We didn’t set out to be specific things but it’s definitely about authenticity. We are real people and that relates to everything. We write from love for Music, without any  purposeful marketing, it’s not about that. It’s about Music, art, truth, honesty.

Anna: We create music because we love Music.

Any plans to hit the road?

Anna: Yes! We are on the road all the time! We always come back to our home base that’s now St. Louis but we travel to Nashville, TN very often; we’re going to LA this weekend and we’re toing to Bulgaria in July and August where we’re gonna be performing at a lot of awesome festivals out there! If anybody wants to keep up with our gigs, feel free to visit our Facebook page.

What else is happening next in Two Cities, One World’s world?

Anna: Lots of travelling and live shows, as well as making music videos, releasing another single in Bulgarian and we’re working on our next album, which hopefully will be an all-live album, but we’ll tell you about that another time.

Jared: Thank you so much for the interview, it was awesome!

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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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