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INTERVIEW: Corrington Wheeler

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

Thanks for having me! It’s been pretty crazy down here in Houston, with Hurricane Harvey around. My supporting band and I have just been trying to help get food and clothes to those in need in the community.

Can you talk to us more about your music video “Your Erroneous Evil”?

Well the part one in the story is the music video for “Sociological Structural Functionalism”. It shows Corrington stealing the book of knowledge of the keepers of hidden knowledge, then they pursue him. Throughout the video, we can see Corrington arguing with his faceless ego in his mind. The keeper of the book then is confronted with ego manifested. He then escapes his pursuers, arriving at a circle of cars on motorcycle. Corrington can be seen in each of the cars, showing that Corrington isn’t a person, he’s an idea.

The part two of the story can be seen in the music video for Your Erroneous Evil, which speaks about how greed isn’t fully understood and how everything we do is built off the primitive emotion of selfishness. Corrington obtains the book and begin to preach to the circle of cars, last seen in the previous video. Each car represents a different aspect of his mind, essentially lecturing himself. As the video progresses, the excessive knowledge from the book begins to corrupt him with power.

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

I’ve constantly written poems, short stories, and books since I was in elementary school and I wanted to write something so deep that people would have to watch or listen to it a few times. I’m actually going to be releasing a supplemental book that further elaborates on the Seeking Light album and how each song is a different moral lesson that I learned while traveling the world. I wanted my fans to have access to a longer explanation and story, if they particularly like a song on the album, rather than just having to deduce what they can from the lyrics.

How was the film experience?

It was mayhem. I had 3 separate shoots for 9 music videos and about 25 different people cumulative. Having to direct, coordinate, and explain my vision was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do. I was constantly running around, literally sprinting from shot to shot.

What did Rory Rodriguez bring to the table?

His vocals were fantastic, it was an honor to be able to work with someone so talented.

Your Erroneous Evil comes off your new album Seeking Light – what’s the story behind the title?

I don’t want to spoil anything, especially with the book release coming in a few months, but you can digitally read the book contents on my website: www.CorringtonWheeler/philosophy

How was the recording and writing process?

I typically contract an engineer to create an instrumental. He’ll send me the finished concept and also a version with suggested vocal melodies, in the form of piano roll. I’ll record a few times to find vocal melodies and harmonies that I like. At that point, I’ll write an entire page or story and then pull small sections from the document and plug it into the song. After I finish recording vocals, I’ll send all the files to the audio engineer for mixing, mastering, vocal pitching, and editing. He sends me the final product, then I send him a ton of money and my first newborn.

What was it like to work with Justin Kyle and how did that relationship develop?

I knew that I was capable of being better, but wasn’t sure how. After deciding I needed professional guidance, I had decided to hit up my favorite band at the time which was Jamie’s Elsewhere. Justin responded back, we worked out a deal, and we’ve been good friends ever since.

What role does Texas plays in your music?

A stressful one. Cities in Texas are either oversaturated or have a complete lack of a music scene, it seems that there’s never really an in-between. That aside, most of our progress in the industry is made online.

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

While I was a Meteorologist for the United States Air Force, I was fortunate enough to travel to multiple countries at a very young age. Seeing so many different cultures impacted and influenced me in a way that when I returned to America, I could almost see through each society’s illusionistic constructs; I could see what was really important.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m always on the lookout for large performances or special appearances, but it’s more costly to play live than it would be to just pay for online exposure to reach an even greater audience.

What else is happening next in Corrington Wheeler’s world?

We’ll be releasing three new music videos this fall and a new punk-rock single this winter called “Mainsail”. Next year in 2018 I’ll be starting a completely new project under the name “Corrington” that will focus on Hip hop and contemporary R&B. We have all new publicists, management, marketing and PR companies which is all very exciting.

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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