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

I’m doing well, thank you! It’s a pleasure to be interviewing with VENTS.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Demons”?

Demons came out of frustration when I was feeling pressured about my identity as an artist and as a person. It’s very easy to be influenced under pressure and sell out to become what others expect you to be. I was questioned by external demons as well as the ones within myself – but I realized the only way to silence these voices was to focus on the hard work and vision I had for my music and myself as an artist.

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

Yes, in the midst of figuring out who I was as an artist, I watched other musician friends around me succumb to what pop culture and the music industry figured was the new trend. I was thinking to myself, well if I dressed myself provocatively or wore athleisure and sounded something like Halsey or Alessia Cara, who are very successful artists, I would surely fit in the current trend and easily make it big right? Well, probably not, but even if I did I wouldn’t have been happy in the long run, because that’s not who I am as an artist or as a person. Individuality is more sustainable than some trend. In the past I’ve been hit with a lot of doubt and questions from others and myself. In the end, writing about these demons and acknowledging that I didn’t need their opinions made me realize that I’m the one in control. I decide who I want to be!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No, not yet, but you’ll definitely see videos from me in the near future!

How was the recording and writing process?

Oh it was awful!! The writing part was easy but finishing the track took months! My vocals ended up not working in the final mix, something just wasn’t right. So, we went back and recorded again. I haven’t released anything in a while and I wanted it to be 100%. Then, I did what every artist tries to do – please everyone. I listened to every single criticism and tried to take them all into account. It’s fine to take in the good ones after deep reflection – but don’t listen to the small tiny ones about things that don’t even need to be fixed. In the end, I fixed the things that I truly believed mattered and then let my baby out to the world! I’m really proud that “Demons” was recently placed in an ad for the University of Greenwich titled Change Starts Here, which will run for the next year.

What role does Malaysia play in your writing?

Growing up in a country like Malaysia and coming from a conservative background can be  a blessing and also a curse. The curse is that I always was at conflict with the conservative opinions I was raised with and I definitely have some rebellion in my writing because of that. Malaysians are also known to be iron willed. The blessing is that coming from a small country and then moving to a wondrous (and sometimes confusing) giant like America, always kept me wide-eyed and inspired by everything. I’m always aware and observant of my surroundings as well as my emotions because of this huge change in culture and environment. That always gives me something to write about.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

The new single means you can expect a lot more where that came from. Then, who knows, maybe an album.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single will be out in November. I’ll be announcing the title soon.

Would you be diving into other aspect of frustration?

I think I probably will. In these times, aren’t we all frustrated about many things?

Any plans to hit the road?

Not right now but I’m planning for a few shows around LA later this year. I look forward to touring in the future, but right now I’m working on new material from LA. 

What else is happening next in LAUST’s world?

Well, I’m very excited about the next single! I just finished it up and it’s ready for release. If you loved listening to “Demons”, you’re gonna love what’s next. You can follow me on my socials to stay updated. Besides that, I’m really looking forward to performing all of this live soon!

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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