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INTERVIEW: Youel

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

We’ve been doing our best haha. We’ve been doing a lot. Currently caught a tornado of writing, recording, making videos and gigging.  Trying to remember to eat and put clothes on before leaving the house.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Feel The Fall”?

I hope it’s ultimately an uplifting track, about female courage and determination. It’s not based on events that I would ever have wanted to read about, and I wish they didn’t happen, but sadly they do.The song is my way of admiring what these women and girls have done to save themselves, and hopefully is a way of preserving their memory and experience.

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

I’m afraid this answer isn’t very cheerful! I wrote the lyrics after reading about what women are having to do in conflict zones to escape being abused.I was initially worried it would be inappropriate to write a song inspired by something so tragic, but I think anything which helps uphold the memory of these women and girls, and pays testament to their experience, is a good thing. I thought- how would they feel about it? And came to the conclusion that someone living a totally different life, in a totally different part of the world, was recognizing and paying tribute to their experience.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, I’m just about to do the final edit of the video. It’s a dance based video which I choreographed with the friend you’ll see dancing in it. She’s got an incredible, really emotional style, and she really gets across the conflicting feelings the song talks about. She’s my muse!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Although the other two tracks are about really different things, they also have elements of release and letting go in them, so the title of Feel The Fall seems relevant to the feeling of the EP when it’s listened to as a whole. ‘Uncovered’ is about falling in love (there’s always room for another song about that!), and ‘Designed’ is about letting go of a relationship that’s damaging you in some way.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had the lyrics, melody and some really simple guitar chords for Feel The Fall written pretty quickly, and they came naturally. I played them to Tom (producer and 1/3 of the band), plus a few references of tracks I thought the production could be inspired by, and he just ran with it. We recorded everything in his DIY home studio. Complete with an ironing board speaker stand…

What life struggles and immigration did you get to explore on this record?

In terms of ‘Feel The Fall’ the record explores the struggles other people face, it’s not to do with me at all. I’m interested and always curious about how the female experience varies so drastically across different communities and countries. Despite the huge differences in our day to day lives, as a girl/woman (not sure which I come under!) I feel a kind of solidarity and empathy with other girls/women. Abuse towards individuals often represents a damaging attitude to all women (and human rights in general).

Any plans to hit the road?

Just gigging in London for now! I’d love to do a tour but we want to perfect the live sound in the home town first.

What else is happening next in Youel’s world?

We’re about to finish writing and recording our second EP, so there’s definitely more music coming in the Autumn. We’re working on some remixes of current tracks too, whilst gigging and plugging the current EP. And I can’t even multitask…

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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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