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INTERVIEW: Decrypted

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

Hey guys, thanks for having us. We’re doing great, been extremely busy but honestly can’t complain.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Equinox of Eternal Embers”?

Sure, E.O.E.E. was born from the internal struggles between passion and frustration, between desire and defeat. The things that have potential to make us, but also break us all. It’s all relative.

I’m confident in saying we’ve all used metaphors and similes relating to fire to describe positive and negative things that affect our emotion, that provoke a response. So, the song essentially explores both sides of a coin, and how we deal with the paths it leads us down.

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

Not a singular event – a series of them stand out from my childhood that still hold the capacity to make me act in a negative or in a self-destructive way. I’m paying homage to the events that made me who I am, for better or for worse – Steve

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, actually! The music video is due to be released on September 29th.

The single comes off your new EP Solitude of Self Awareness – what’s the story behind the title?

I think it’s important to write from your heart, to be sincere and honest about your troubles and triumphs. So, taking that into account, I’ve used the EP to explore my flaws in an attempt to recognise my growth. To be self-aware of what makes me a positive human, but also negative. All the songs have helped me face personal problems, finding strength in remembering that it’s “okay, to not be okay.” It’s a reminder to stay humble in defeat and victory, and to recognise amongst all humans that pain and suffering is relative; that there is an inherent comfort in accepting who you are, for better or for worse – Steve

How was the recording and writing process?

We’re very fortunate in having many talented musicians in the band, so before I (Steve) joined the band there was already a large body of work to pick from. Once I was comfortable with the songs’ structures we jumped in at the deep end and started gigging to see what worked and what didn’t. Then came back to practice and play around. I would try new verses and choruses at each show to begin with, until it felt “right”. Once we were confident with a 20/30/40 min set we looked at what songs would best express us as “Decrypted” in the 20 mins set, but have a balance of styles and themes. From there we chose 5 songs for the EP. We recorded all the instruments in house at our guitarist’s (Martin) home studio.

The guys have been extremely committed spending weekends and evenings recording, scrapping, and then recording again. All the vocals have been recorded at Flood Gate Studios, later mixed and mastered by Martin.

What role does London play in your music?

I suppose it acts as the mothership to Decrypted. We all live at opposite ends of outer London, but all commit to travelling into central regularly to practice, gig or simply go for food and drinks.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Obviously there has to be a technical method to our writing, but to be blunt we’re all old school “metalcore” fans – we’re literally writing from the heart. We want everything we do to have context and meaning, to place a piece of us in each riff, beat and line. Our inspiration is from everything that builds us up and breaks us down.

Any plans to hit the road?

Indeed. We’ll be supporting the brilliant Exist Immortal and Death Remains at The Crowndale (London) on Aug 31st, on October 19th we have E.O.E.E.’s release show at 93 Feet East (London) followed by 2 Halloween shows, October 27th at the Dragonffli (Pontypool, Wales) and October 28th at the Phoenix (London).

What else is happening next in Decrypted’s world?

We’re currently planning our next video, booking shows and adding the final touches to the EP. Once the EP has been released, we’re hoping to hit the festival circuit and start recording our full length album.

About RJ Frometa

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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