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INTERVIEW: Acid Folk/Psych Pop THANKS

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

Been great! We appreciate you guys taking interest in us and our music! Thanks for having us.

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

Our single “Your World” came to us a little late in the process of writing this record. At that point, I think we had already sculpted and figured out where we were wanting this record to go, so I think it came at a good time. It represents us and the rest of the album in the way we’d like to be introduced, I think thats why it was picked as the single. We believe it has a good balance between meaningful lyrics, and music that stands for both, catchiness and integrity. You can probably hear our influences as well, between The Beatles esque harmonies and MGMT/Vampire Weekend instrumentation (we’re told..). But all together, the song was inspired by free thinking, with no persuasion of any listeners, and I think you can hear that perspective in our lyrics as well as the music.

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

This song came at an interesting time in our professional careers. Mario and I had just opened our recording business and I think we began to share a new perspective on the world. Our mentality was beginning to shift to a more self-reliant view where we started learning more about ourselves and our individuality. It wasn’t an overnight process, and neither was writing this song. It followed us thru the beginning of our freelance journey and I think that’s why its a special one to us. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we have a music video that we’ll be sharing with everyone in a couple of weeks. It was made by a couple of talented friends, Kevin Hinman and Luke Richmond. They’re in a band called Adventures in the Underground, and they too have an EP coming out this year that we were lucky to be a part of! I don’t want to say too much about the video, but I think you’ll enjoy it. 

The single comes off your new album Colfax – what’s the story behind the title?

Yes, Colfax is actually the name of the street in Studio City where our recording studio is located. It was the location for most of the recording and all of the mixing of this record. Simple, but fitting. 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was different for every song. A lot was written in the studio, some in the car, even in the shower. For this song, the writing was being done concurrently with the production. I had the first part of the chorus written with the intro and Mario helped me turn that into a full song. The outro actually took the longest to create. We went thru a couple of ideas before landing on what you hear now. We couldn’t decide on what instrument to play the melody, so we ended up going around and playing it on almost every instrument we have. That ending melody is a blend of probably 20 different instruments, including a ukulele, an organ and a moog.

The chanting lyrics at the end also has a funny story to it, more of an ongoing story.. But theres a point in every production where Mario decides the song needs a freestyle rap, so he goes in the live room and “spits fire” if you will. The ending lyrics to this song actually came out of one of those gags, the first to survive (and probably the last..)

What role does Southern California plays in your writing?

Can’t say the beautiful weather and palm trees doesn’t take influence on our music. We’re both from the East Coast so our hearts will forever be there, but we definitely appreciate the quality of life Los Angeles has to offer us. We’re told often that we have a beachy vibe to our sound, I think we all know where that came from. 

How has your Berklee studies influence your music?

Its hard to say, I wish we could hear the music we’d make without a Berklee education, but without that it’s hard to compare. There’s been a tremendous amount of amazing music written without any formal education. I believe there’s a science that goes into everything we do now, and I think it ultimately helps. But we have to be careful to see that as tool and not a limitation. The biggest thing I can credit Berklee for is the people you meet there. Mario and I met as neighbors in the Berklee dorms. Without that, this music wouldn’t exist in in the way that it does. 

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

The songs were inspired by the lyrics and the lyrics were inspired by the songs haha. But no, on a serious note, they all came from different places and with different audiences in mind. We tried to make a song for everybody on this record, so if you don’t like a song we encourage you to listen to the next! But from the beginning, we set out to make a record and it was important to us. We realize we’re living in a “singles” world today, and we appreciate the fact that for branding/marketing reasons it may not be the smartest thing to do. But we grew up listening to records and hold a high value for them, so we wanted to make one. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we do have plans on hitting the road soon. We’re working on keeping the live show up to the same par as the record. We have some great musicians on our team, including our guitarist, Nick Monahan, who also did some writing and recording on this record. 

What else is happening next in thanks.’ world?

That’s a good question! Hopefully they’ll name a city after us. Or maybe a documentary?.. But if not, you can certainly expect some more records. It blows our minds that people actually take the time out of their days to listen to what we’re doing, and we’re extremely thankful for that (hence the name thanks.). And we’re especially grateful for you taking the time to interview us and having an interest in what we’re doing!

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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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