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INTERVIEW: Alice Merton

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

I’ve been good thanks! Very busy at the moment with festivals and album productions.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Roots”?

No Roots talks about my life story. I’ve moved around quite a bit in my life, lived in 4 different countries including England and I felt like I needed to put all those thoughts down on paper.  I didn’t feel like I had a proper place I could call home. When I was 13 years old I moved to Germany with my family, learned a new language and had to face a lot of challenges when it came to the German school system. 5 years later we moved to England where yet again I felt like I needed to start from scratch. All these experiences gave me the feeling that I had lost sight of where I could feel 100 percent at home…so I came up with the idea of having no roots.

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

Not a particular event, more like a series of events. I was on the beach in Bournemouth, thinking to myself how beautiful it was…but at the same time I couldn’t help but feel completely lost. I was always getting asked where I was from, and I felt like one simple answer wasn’t enough to explain all the 11 times I had moved.

How was the film experience?

It was a fun experience! We shot our first music video for a very low budget, because we decided to start our own label and didn’t have much money for a huge film production. It was very DIY, but I’m happy with the way it turned out in the end. We had a great crew and all had quite some fun making the video.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

I decided to name the EP “No Roots” because I felt like this was the most significant topic that was roaming around inside of me when I was writing the EP. A lot of my actions and feelings I put into the other songs were also related to the fact that I just didn’t feel happy in one place…It was like I was restless… and put that restlessness into music.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was quite simple. I had found a producer who I matched perfectly with, and we just clicked. There were never any big discussions because both of us focused on what we each did best, and somehow that completed the other ones work.

The recording process was a little more difficult and took a little more time. My producer and I are very picky and it sometimes took us days to record something where both of us were 100 percent happy with the result.

How has your upbringing influence your writing and this record in particular?

I listened to a lot of classical music while growing up, and I think that a lot of those melodies are anchored in my brain. I love a good melody, so growing up with different styles of music was definitely very beneficial , whether it was classical, Jazz or music from the 80s.

What other aspects of your life did you get to explore on this material?

I got to explore a lot of feelings I was going through at the time that I was writing the EP. It was my first time writing and producing with Nico ( my producer) and I didn’t really filter any of my thoughts or emotions, I simply put them all down in lyrics and melodies and that was it. I liked the fact that Nico gave me the complete freedom to say whatever I want, however I want, while he focused more on arrangements and sounds.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve been travelling for quite some time, doing festivals, concerts, promotion…but mainly within Germany,  Austria and France.

What else is happening next in Alice Merton’s world?

In August I will be locking myself in the studio and finishing the album. Other than that we are focusing a lot on getting the music out there with our label, perhaps looking for partners to work with and just playing lots of concerts.

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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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