INTERVIEW: Glassmaps

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

Hey Hey, I’m good and well, thanks.

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

Sure, Summer Rain was written in an old attic: the riff came first on an acoustic guitar and the lyrics fell into place.

The song is about the personal battle of those negative thoughts that can sometimes haunt you, yet, these thoughts make you who you are: a necessary evil.

Mark Stoermer played bass on it, he played his old Hoffner, Love the sound of those.

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

No not really, but I can’t really say that can i? Maybe something did inspire that song that was subliminaly stored and then sonically projected.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans to release a video for this song. Usually I see the images for a video, I didn’t see it for this track.

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

The tittle is about being addicted to something and not knowing why? In this case it was my addiction to a girl, the addiction didn’t make sense at the time, it does know though.

oh mr hindsight, you devil you.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was over a period of time, It was written on the road and off the road in America, Australia and Europe. The main sound/idea behind the album was to emanate a sense of freedom and self-expression organically, musically and lyrically. The recording process was alittle different. I was staying in Marks house in Vegas whilst on a break from recording with Howling Bells. I found out that Mark had a small sound proof room in the back of his house with some instruments scattered about, I took my laptop into that room and some mics that were scattered around aswell. I didn’t leave until I had my album, I don’t think I showered for a week, these kinds of opportunities rarely come.

What was it like to work with Mark Stoermer and how did that relationship develop?

It’s easy working with Mark, we became mates through touring and he also produced Howling Bells album The loudest Engine. I later co-produced his debut solo album aswell.  Mark and I bounce ideas off eachother quiet well, he’s into the same music as me to, so creatively it works.

How much did he influence the album?

Not much at all. He literally plays bass on Summer Rain and sings some BV’s on other tracks.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

I would call it an extension of previous musical projects. The past in the present. I am still me and although the music is different I believe my foundations are still there.

What aspect of addictions did you get to explore on this album?

I get addicted easily to things I love doing. This whole albums recording process was an addiction. for eg. In the outro of the song strangely Addicted you can hear a female voice, this was recorded from a TV , I was walking around mixing the album with my laptop and headphones. Its more of an obsession really.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would love to.

What else is happening next in Glassmaps’ world?

Well, we are playing the sold out Hyde Park Killers show on July 8th. Then we will release some more singles through my label Lost in the manor and then the debut album Strangely Addicted will be released. There will be some shows to follow. I look forward to a great year ahead.

Listen Glassmaps ‘Summer Rain’ HERE

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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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