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INTERVIEW: Midnight Beach

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

Hey, fine. Thanks!

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

Stylistically, we were going for something 80s synth pop. The verse melody is closely follows those piano stabs that come in from the start. Lyrically, its about missing something that used to be, but now is in the past, maybe unrequited love.  Sometimes we want to go back to a time or place, and the memories can seem real and vivid, like you can almost touch them. The bridge section is meant to sound very dreamy, trippy, and colorful like Disney’s Fantasia.

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

This is one of the tracks on the new album that was written around the parts and patterns, where some of the other songs started with the vocal melody and were built up from there.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

For this song, we put together a couple of short visual clips on Instagram but that’s probably the extent of it. We are making a video for our next single “No.” Watch for that!

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after the band?

The only thing tougher than coming up with an album name is deciding on a band name.  We agreed on the band name Midnight Beach based on the idea that our sound is light and dark, major/minor, sort of not happy, sad or melancholy; but somewhere in between joy and pain. The songs, for the most part, live in that space between. As for the album name, you only get one chance at an eponymous album, so why not do it right out of the gate?

How was the recording and writing process?

Vovi and I have worked on this project over the past few years. We collaborated via phone conversation, sending tracks back and forth online. Soundcloud was used for sharing new parts, mixes, etc. I think private, work-in-progress sharing is the best feature of the SC platform for musicians. It’s replaced burning CDs to listen in the car until the next session. Anyway, with each new part we would dissect what we liked or didn’t like and progress from there.  At times, it was heated debate, but mostly cooperative and cordial. The contributions to the album are an even split of our ideas and performances.  That said, Vovi is credited with the overall production and mixing of the album. He works meticulously, and at a microscopic level with frequencies and dynamics.

What role does Clearwater plays in your writing?

It can be a tropical paradise or a vibrant metro area, depending on what you’re looking for.  There is a lot of contrast within any given direction.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The songs are personal but not literal; the way that music brings out emotion. We’ve tried to be honest to that inspiration, and present it in a way that people can relate.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the time.

What else is happening next in Midnight Beach’s world?

The album release is in a few weeks. We’ve been living with these songs for a while now and excited to share them. Then take it from there.

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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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