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INTERVIEW: Astrofella

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

It’s great to be here, thanks for having us!

The single comes off your new EP Sunmoon – what’s the story behind the title?

Our latest release SUNMOON EP, is a two track release, the tracks are called “Artemis” and “Apollo”. The idea behind this is based on oppositions in two parties that are bound to be together, like brother and sister, day and night or light and dark. So SUNMOON EP emerged from this idea and we embodied it with the gods of Sun and Moon

Can you talk to us more about your song “Apollo”?

As “Artemis” -vaguely- tells the story of instability, mood changes and (a bit of) lunacy; Apollo tells the story of being mesmerized, hypnotized by bright lights and being dragged into it. These can both be attributed to the moon or the sun but as well to feelings you have to another person.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs in this record? Did any event in particular inspire you?

While surfing the internet for nothing in particular, this monologue came across. This is most probably a high school homework by someone (who we believe will be a great author someday) and the phrase “A girl with no heart for men, only for the hunt of them.” made us dig deeper into the story of the two siblings. Then came everything else.


Any plans to release a video for the track?

You betcha! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVENRkG8FbA This is filmed and recorded live in our latest gig.

How was the recording and writing process?

Sound-wise, these two tracks are a bit different than our previous EP “Oceans”. They’re more electronic, synth heavy, no guitars and no complex rhythms. This may give you the idea that it’s done on a laptop (which at the end, yes… but) everything you hear on the record are either played with hardware or recorded. We did our best to keep the number of elements less but paid much more attention to make every element sound at it’s best.

What role does Istanbul play in your music?

Chaos! But in a productive way. Istanbul makes you push harder for your goals, inspires you with it’s rich culture and surprises you when you least expect it. Us, musicians, labels, venues, promoters and mostly, the audience work together really hard to rebel against the current change that’s going underway of our daily lives. We do our best to keep the music alive.

Why did you choose to limit the release to two songs? Would they serve as a sneak peek for a bigger EP coming up?

For us, a long play is not just 8 tracks put together but those 8 tracks must be the parts of a greater story that the LP tells. Our first EP was a mix of rock and electronica, next one will be full throttle rock’n roll but we don’t have a bigger picture that will come up as a long play, yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have upcoming local shows and some Europe dates TBC. Hopefully, soon.

What else is happening next in Astrofella’s world?

We always work in parallel universes: Songwriting, searching for new sounds and recording techniques, rehearsing and playing live. We love to experiment so we too don’t know what’s next.

Stream Artemis (Original Mix) on Bespoke Musik

Stream Apollo (Original Mix) on 6 AM Group

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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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