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INTERVIEW: Black Note Graffiti

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

Hey VENTS, thanks for reaching out!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Such Is Art”? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

In regards to what inspired “Such Is Art”, I was spending a lot of time with this girl who was going through one of the shittiest times in her life. I fell hard for her. She needed to focus on keeping her life balanced. I lost the girl but kept her inspiration. It’s hard to know how or when to walk away in a situation like that, not unlike music nor other artistic outlets. She was also named after a famous artist.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Currently, Black Note Graffiti has no set plans for a video though we are researching potential film makers for the project.

The single comes off your new album Volume II: Without Nothing I’m You – what’s the story behind the title?

In regards to what inspired the title Volume II: Without Nothing, I’m You, it is a reference to one of the first Forgotten Youth (solo project) albums I put out when I was 19 on CD-R that I was so proud to give all 20 copies out to. It was recorded on this old Tascam 4-Track and a karaoke machine. It also was inspired by a break-up. Black Note Graffiti worked so hard to put this together over the last couple of years and the excitement is palpable again. I’m very proud of how this turned out. The intention of the double negative was meant to be a supposition that we are drawn to those who seem to have everything that we’re lacking.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded the skeleton of the record in our studio, which Kris and Kurt invested a lot of time and money building from the ground up with help from Adam (bassist) in the construction.

What was it like to work with Brad Gilderman and how did that relationship develop?

It was actually Chuck Arkazian, not Brad Gilderman, from Pearl Studios who helped perfect the record.

Chuck is a madman behind the boards. He’s worked with Filter, Altered Bridge, chris Cornell and Pop Evil, including the other members of Black Note Graffiti when they were Krescent 4, and reached out to us at the exact right time. He took this record to the next level.

How much did he influence the song?

In “Such Is Art”, he shaved it down to the essential elements, which can be a humbling process as an artist, but really took the song to the next level.

Inspiration always comes when I least expect it. It is often tempered by experience, disseminated through words, and encapsulated by the rhythm of the music.

What else is happening next in Black Note Graffiti’s world?

Black Note Graffiti is playing our Album release party at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI on August 18th and The Maidstone Theater September 29th. Then, our next big outing is November 7th-12th in Toronto where we play three  shows for Indie Week! We’re really looking forward to playing in a great city like Toronto.

What’s next is working for songs for Volume III. Although we will celebrate the release of Volume II, there is so much more music we want to commit to recording and so we are compelled to continue.

Thanks again for reaching out, grab a copy of Volume II: Without Nothing, I’m You and check us out on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram all available from out website!

~Ricardo, Vocalist/Guitarist for Black Note Graffiti


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