Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi VENTS! We’re really good, we’ve got new music out and now trying to reach peoples ears.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Elements”?
Sure, Elements is probably one of the most upbeat tracks on the album. We really wanted to use this one for the first music video because we’ve never really released something like this as a single and we knew we could make a video with ultimate summer vibes for it!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It is kind of about everything that has happened with the band and our creative process in the last few years. Deciding to make the whole album ourselves was quite a scary move but it allowed us to think outside of the box a bit creatively. We definitely got a lot braver as a result of it and felt more able to take chances, which was the inspiration for this song. There’s always a balance between trying out new things and still writing music that the fan base will be into and we really hope that we have hit the nail on the head with this new record.
How was the film experience?
Super fun. We were lucky enough to film on one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to (Botany Bay) and the guy we have been working with to make the video was amazing. His name is Tom, he is a friend of ours and we loved his style of filming so we were really happy when he said he would be up for making this video with us. We are actually already working on concepts for the next one with him as well!
On the day we had to get up really early because we wanted to get some sunrise lighting. It wasn’t particularly local to any of us so we all had to get up at around half 2 in the morning in order to get there on time It’s a good job we did get there early though because shortly after we started the tide came in which meant we were stuck with no food, water, extra layers or the second cameraman for 4 hours. It was a blessing in disguise though because whilst being stuck was a bit annoying, it did mean that we essentially had a private beach to film on for most of the shoot.
We love how the video turned out, despite the fact that all of our gear still has sand in it!
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
We chose to name the album after this song because it kind of sums up the whole album. The idea of needing all of the “elements” in order to be complete just seemed to suit the record perfectly. We played around with a few other names but this one was just the one we kept coming back to.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was long, but a really great experience for us. Doing it on our own meant that we had time to really make it what we needed it to be. We have recorded before and then kind of fallen out of love with songs, or wished that we had changed certain things. Having the flexibility to do that has meant that we have created something that we are really proud of, though it has taken considerably longer to make as a result.
We also had the opportunity to work with some other friends on the songs which isn’t something we had tried before. The title track actually came out of some writing sessions we did with our close friend Carl from ESO. We also had a few tracks where we really wanted the synth arrangements to sound expensive, but it isn’t something we have ever attempted before so we called on some other friends James Elsey and Luke Keast to help us with some beautiful synth parts.
What role does Guildford play in your writing?
Well we all met in Guildford so I guess we wouldn’t be here without Guildford! We aren’t actually based there anymore but the music scene there is still really close to our hearts. Mike and Johno are still local and we love playing shows there. I guess that’s the nice thing about being spread out as a band. We have a number of towns that feel like home to us because at some point they have been.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Anywhere and everywhere. Lisa’s iphone is just full of lyric ideas and rough song recordings. The opening track to the album (Welcome To Surviville) was actually not even written until we got into the studio and started recording drums. The idea just came to her and she played around with a keyboard to get a rough song structure before coming in and playing it to everyone. Ordinarily there is no way that we would have included it on the album with so little preperation but we all just fell in love with it so quickly that we knew we had to make it happen!
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. We are playing the odd one off shows here and there at the moment whilst we build our online presence again but watch this space because we will be back in the van together very soon!
What else is happening next in ORESTEA’s world?
We have a load of online content which will be coming out over the next couple of months, we are now working on music video 2 and are looking to book shows in for around the time of the album launch.
Hi Nin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? All things considered, not too bad …