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INTERVIEW: SALTLAKE

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

Hey there, we’ve been great thank you, very busy! Gearing up for the release of our new EP, which is all very exciting for us. It’s good to finally get out of the studio to start preparations for the release.

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

Yeah sure, the title track, ‘Medicate Me’ was actually one of the first songs we worked on in our writing sessions when we decided to release another EP. Out of all the songs on the record it was probably one of the most challenging ones to get right and it ended up taking on lots of different formats before we settled on the one people will hear. The song is centred around struggles with mental health and how there’s not always enough people to reach out to when you’re struggling who really understand what you’re going through.

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

The song isn’t actually from personal experience, however it’s our reflection on what’s happened to some people recently in the music industry and also closer to home. A good friend of the band recently set up a mental health charity for young people struggling with depression and anxiety and it was around the time we were writing for the EP

Why did you name the EP after this track in particular?

The song itself had the most lyrical importance on the record. When it all came together it just stood out at the title track.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process took quite a long time, it was very stop/start due to a line up change, but by the end of it we had some great stuff to take into the studio. We recorded the EP at Lakeview studios in Canterbury with a good friend of ours, Rhys Taylor, which was really good fun and quite chilled out. We spent lots of time adding and trying out new things to the songs. Once the tracks were all recorded we spent a lot of time mixing and mastering it, so we’ve been sitting on it for a while.

How has Young Guns and Mallory Knox influence your music?

If I had to choose one thing that has influenced us overall it would be the energy that both bands have in their music, both live and on the record.

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

The inspiration for writing the music comes over a long period of time. There have only been a few occasions that we’ve actually got into a room and busted out a whole song that would make the final cut. Most of time we work on it over a few weeks and keep coming back to it with fresh ears to make sure it stands the test of time.

Writing lyrics is usually something that happens during the creation of the music. We tend to find a great melodic vocal line that fits the song and start from there.

The lyrical meanings usually depend on how we are feeling, things that might have happened to us or something we feel would be suitable to sing about.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, we are doing a load of smaller one-off shows sorted around the country until the beginning of next year then we want to head out on a UK tour in support of the record.

In the meantime, our release show is on he the 10th November at Scream Lounge in Croydon. It would be great to see you guys down there!

What else is happening next in SALTLAKE’s world?

Our plans for the time being are to tour and play as much as possible, although we have so much fresh, new material we want to start recording so we could be dropping some singles throughout next year as well!

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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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