Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great thanks, straight off the back of a short run in Russia last week and back into the swing of writing again.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tranquil”?
Tranquil, for us was a huge piece for this EP as we felt it showed the raw emotion and directional changes that we are seeing as a band, and individuals. We’re finding our tastes in music are changing and developing and we wanted to create a song that really showcased what we are about, while complimenting the other songs from the record.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A lot of what we write is inspired by events through our lives, some more positive than others. This track and the whole EP is much more emotive on a personal level regarding friends and family to anything we have written before. This particular song is referencing the loss of a loved one and the struggles that we go through every day as human beings. We have always felt that this is the best way for us to write, to get the best out of ourselves emotionally and physically with our sound and live performance.
How was the film experience?
The experience with the filming is always a great one. For this track we used a close friend of ours Zak Pinchin of Zak Pinchin Media, who for anyone that knows our previous work has assisted us with many of our videos over the years and always knows how to get the best of us and turn our sometimes twisted visions into a reality. We’re really happy with the outcome!
The single comes off your new EP Perspective//Empathy – what’s the story behind the title?
The story behind the title in short is that this EP, along with the last (Perspective // Dread) will form a group of EP’s representing a spectrum of different emotions. We as musicians and as people are continuously changing and developing, so we wanted to ensure that we write records that reflect the different emotions that we have worked through in our lives whilst giving our audiences something relatable.
How was the recording and writing process?
Our writing process is always quiet natural until the final few days before we get into the studio. Our songs tend to come together quiet nicely, although we are never quiet happy until they have been recorded. As a band we have always maintained an honesty between ourselves to make sure we are pushing our capabilities and our boundaries. This EP has been no exception and we feel we have pushed ourselves further from our comfort zone than ever before, with more to come…
The recording process always tends to come together much better with the assistance of Daniel Kerr of Avenue Studios. We have worked with Dan for a number of years and are all very close with him in the way we work. The biggest benefits we see of this is the honesty throughout the band continues into the recording process to ensure that we are getting the best sound possible.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
As a writing process we have always been quite blessed with how our music comes naturally. The lyrics behind our music come through Kerrie & Ryan. Some are from experiences and emotions we have had, others will come through sitting down with mates and brainstorming ideas. The nicety for us is that there doesn’t tend to be a routine or trend when we write lyrics which gives different feelings through each song and the structures of how everything comes together. Musically, Charlie, Luke and Elliot will ensure the backbone of each song is together before giving the artistry of each separate area including laying down the drums by Elliot. Again, we don’t tend to have a set way that we write and we almost end up writing song off the back of a single riff or an idea that we’ve messed about with.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are hoping to hit the road again towards the back end of the summer and have some exciting prospects in the pipeline. Working closely with our management and booking agency (The Alexia Agency) we have had some fantastic opportunities over the last couple of years and are excited for shows and tours across many different places within the coming months!
What else is happening next in VANITY’s world?
For us it is back to the drawing board with writing and ensuring that we are pushing ourselves both in the studio and enhancing our live performance. We are continuously looking for ways to improve on everything that we do, so stay tuned for more music and keep your eyes peeled for us out on the road.
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