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INTERVIEW: Carl Gershon

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

 I’m great!  Just got back from a week in Maui yesterday, now I’m about to head to the studio.

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

I actually had come up with the main synth part years ago when i was messing around with a synth i hadn’t used in awhile.  Always liked the part but never knew what to do with it.  One dayi was thinking of the part and then imagined the synth bass line over it and that was kind of the “a ha moment”.

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

Lyrically, as a jaded native new yorker I always love talking to people from all over the world who come to New York and really just fall in love with it and never want to leave, or if they lived here and left they always miss it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

  Yes!  Hopefully we will shoot it in the next few weeks.

How was the recording and writing process?

  I recorded the song with Steve Sola.  I played synths, guitar, drums and saxophone on it.  One cool thing was Steve had mentioned to me that he had an Oberheim DMX drum machine collecting dust in his basement.  I was like “WHAT?!?! BRING IT IN!!!”.  So he brought it in and we used it on the pre chorus “everything is good” part.  It came out great.  was fun to mix playing drums with a drum machine on the same song.  Steve did a great job on the mix so it didnt sound disjointed from section to section.

What role does NYC play in your writing?

 A huge role.  Living in NYC, one does a lot of  walking and there is stimulation everywhere at almost every moment.  If I am walking, I am writing.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing in your own?

 Absolutely.  On my own tracks i write everything, sing and play all of the instruments.  When I collaborate I am usually just writing lyrics and singing, maybe adding some guitar or something.  I like to try some things I might not normally do on my own stuff both vocally and lyrically and let the instrumental track kind of guide me whereas with my own songs I think of the big picture from start to finish.

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

not an album per se but definitely more music coming consistently.  probably and EP further down the road.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have been thinking of possible album titles since I was a kid.  Haven’t narrowed it down yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

  I want to put out some more music first, but that is definitely in the works.

What else is happening next in Carl Gershon’s world?

Right now I’m recording new material.  I also have some remixes and videos coming out in the next month or so.  Robots WithRayguns and I did a collaboration on a track that will be on his next album which comes out in a few months.

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