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INTERVIEW: Curtis Alto

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

Hey hey Vents, we’ve been great, thanks a lot!

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

Sure! For us this song has an authentic, own and organic sound. We did this by giving the guitar for instance a sort of vintage sound. The percussion in the verse is very subtle, we felt that this track needed this to contrast with the drop. That’s the part where some sort of scratches and a tight drum comes in. Together with Julia’s beautiful voice and melody, we think this song sounds gentle yet has a message of “going for it”.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes! Official video is coming in the next weeks! It will actually be along the lines of our live sessions.

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

The title refers to our “Daydreams” – live sessions that we’re regularly doing, playing own tracks, mashups and remixes, on a unique location. When playing live we’re always bringing our instruments on stage – (bass) guitar, synths, percussion. Daydream is for us a word that really catches what we aim to achieve with these sessions: give one a good time, surprise one and let one float away with the vibes.   

The core ideas of ‘You might’ and ‘Woma’ were actually conceived in a “Daydream” we did a few months ago in the ruins of an old abbey. We have more sessions planned in the future, are getting awesome reactions for which we’re grateful and see so many more possibilities.

How was the recording and writing process? Was it hard to narrow down to only 4 tracks?

Yes that was kind of hard to be honest. What we wanted to do, was to give a bit of a broader picture of “Curtis Alto”. The tracks ‘Woma’ and ‘Akilah’ are more energetic and show what we also do when performing live.

What role does Belgium plays in your writing?

Belgium is the country where we live and mostly make music. A lot music is being made here in many of different genres. On the other hand, nowadays it’s so easy to collaborate with people from across the globe. At this moment, we’re working together with people from the USA, Singapore, South-Africa and Japan. That often involves a slightly messed-up sleeping schedule but is very rewarding and eye-opening!

How does your family and real brotherhood bond influence your music and the band as a whole?

The easiest way to answer this question is probably by explaining our new logo. This features three rectangles – they have the same shape and dimensions but all of them are put on a different height. We are three brothers, have the same common goal but are no replicates of one another. We all have our input and ideas, which gives fruitful discussions. Moreover, when working with siblings, you’re not afraid or reluctant to express your opinions. There’s like an absolute honesty!

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

We really listen to a lot of music – on pretty much every portal out there! There’s so much that can be found. It’s a small anecdote but this week we tried something new – we borrowed a couple of cd’s with nature documentaries and recorded different sounds which we want to mix in our music.

Any plans to hit the road?

Next week we’re playing in Barcelona!

What else is happening next in Curtis Alto’s world?

We have had a nice summer where played oa at Tomorrowland. New music is coming soon and this fall we have our first big headline show in Belgium. We’ll present our new live show and that’s something we’re very much excited about!

Thank you for having us!

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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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