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INTERVIEW: Tremble

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

Kelly: We have been great.  So excited to be sharing our new single 
Thorns with the world and to talk to Vents about it. 

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

Haywire: it had been a while since we last put out original music.  We wanted to come out with something really special, something that combined that vibey, ethereal Tremble sound of the past but with new colors. 

Kelly: Thorns is about coming out of a particularly dark time period of life, rising from the ashes and finding a new light within yourself.

Ajax: We built the foundation for this piece around the audio from a slow motion video of my daughter on an antique carousel. The second I heard that creepy vibe, the verse textures were a work in progress.

Haywire: We expanded on that and wrote a big cathartic chorus with a gospel influence that was fun to explore.

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

Kelly: When we wrote Thorns, I had recently left a long relationship and my heart was really broken. Thorns was me encouraging myself, as I found the light of hope walking into my future. 

How was the experience shooting the music video?

Haywire: it was amazing collaborating with our director, Jana Cruder and cinematographer, Eric Soboleski on 
Thorns.  We went out to this remote area of Joshua Tree Park in California.  The bleak desert landscape was the perfect backdrop for the song’s themes of desolation and renewal. 

Kelly: It was so fun shooting with Eric and Jana, but I have to tell you, it was SO cold! This was January in the desert – in the dead of winter.   As you can see I am wearing very little, so I was freezing. I had to really control my body so I didn’t shiver on camera!

How was the writing/recording process?

Haywire: The melodies and lyrics came together quickly.  As Kelly just mentioned, she had just been through a breakup that fueled these beautiful and honest lyrics.  The music and production took longer as we experimented quite a bit in the studio with vintage gear and different arrangement ideas.

Kelly: Recording the vocals for Thorns was a memorable experience for me. I just felt so at peace singing that song.  Normally when I record a vocal I do feel transported, but this time I felt really grounded.                                                                                                            

Ajax: I mentioned the carousel above. We wanted the song to have a foundation in the trip hop we are known for but on Thorns we turned it into a genre we are calling “hippop”.  The chorus beat was a collaboration with pro reese,  a dear friend known for his work with J Cole and Walle.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Kelly: In fact… yes!

Haywire: We have been hunkered down all summer creating.  We can’t wait for you to hear this new batch of songs.  We are putting every ounce of our souls into making this our best and most innovative work yet.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Haywire: Fall release date.  The tentative title is What Is Anything? – which is the title of one of our new songs.

Will you be diving into other aspects of pain on this record?

Kelly: If there’s a common thread to the music on the new EP, it is in fact how we experience and rise up from emotional pain and heartbreak. 

Haywire: The music reflects a collective personal journey as the three of us had all been going through different personal struggles.  So almost unconsciously, the songs reflect that. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Kelly: Where they want us, we will come!  We would love to perform this music to as many fans around the world as possible. 2018 festival opps are in the works. 

What else is happening next in Tremble’s world?

Kelly: Just super focused on getting the new music perfect. 

Haywire: It’s as if we are deep underwater in a submarine and can’t surface until the job is done.

Ajax: We try to avoid trends and stay true to our inner voices. We want to create music that will stand the test of time and eventually be imitated rather than the other way around.  It’s starting to unfold. The universe works in mysterious ways.*

*Ajax: one of my fav Edge presets from the Korg A3 special one card used on U2’s Achtung Baby .;)

About RJ Frometa

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