INTERVIEW: Welsh Avenue
Hi Mark, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for considering my EP for a review! I am doing well this week, having a relaxing yet productive summer. I hope you are well too.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Germ Theory”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? Any plans to release a video for the track?
The song Germ Theory isn’t inspired by a particular event in my life, but it is inspired from me learning a lesson about life. And that is to learn from the hard times to prepare one for life/future events. My favorite quote is by Louis Pasteur, (The Germ Theorist) and that is “Chance favors the prepared mind” (in the chorus). When I first heard that, it became my life mantra. I do not have any current plans for a video, but with funding and a videographer I would certainly consider planning and producing one. It’s a song that means a lot to me so the video would have to pull on my heart as well, if that makes sense.
The single comes off your new album The Great Exchange – what’s the story behind the title?
The Great Exchange is about a change in mindset from negative to positive, from unproductive to productive, from mediocre to excellent. I think in order to get where you want in life you can’t wallow in the challenges. But it doesn’t happen in a snap, it requires a great exchange of heart/mindset.
How was the recording and writing process?
Germ Theory and Blue eyes were written an upright piano (Story & Clark mentioned in the first line of Blue eyes). I then added other instrumentation using Ableton. The other two were designed and recorded on Ableton. After I finished them how I wanted them, I employed the help of Joshua Rumor of Invengo Productions to help mix, produce, and master them. I usually come up with the music on the piano/software first. And then I have a concept I want the song to be about, so then I add the lyrics. I try to write them in a ballad-style, because it feels more like a natural way to tell a story.
What role does Austin play in your writing?
I actually did not live in Austin when I wrote these songs (I wrote/worked on them over a long time span). So Austin did not have a big impact on this EP.
What aspect of science did you get to explore on this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The aspect of science I considered for this album is the concept that nothing happens without a combination of biological, chemical, and physical processes. And those processes form patterns. In the same way, life has certain patterns and different actions create different consequences
What else is happening next in Welsh Avenue’s world?
The next plans for me include new music! I have several new songs I’m getting ready to release that I am really excited about (that were written in Austin).
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