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INTERVIEW: Los Angeles Alternative Rock Band Anson

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

Hey, we are great, thanks for having us it really means the world! ❖ George

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

I think Hailey is very relatable because its about a relationship you would kill to have keep going, but it just isn’t in the cards for one reason or another. Everyone has experienced this on some level, you just love the person so much but it just isn’t working out. For me, it definitely pulls on my heart strings because I was dating my “high school sweetheart” and she broke up with me after a couple years of dating because I was moving from my hometown to Los Angeles when I was 18. And like Anson said, you get “love blind” and you see all the positives and yearn for the relationship to work out, but in reality there are many, many more issues present but you just don’t see them, and thats why it doesn’t work out. ❖ Zack

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

I wrote ‘Hailey’ about a relationship I had when I was living in NYC. At the time I was madly in love with the girl the song is about and she had recently broke up with me. I was doing everything in my power to win her back. The song is about how love drunk I was and blind to the fact that although I thought I was in love with her, it was not meant to be.  ❖ Anson

The single comes off your new album To Be Or Nothing – what’s the story behind the title? 

The original title for the track was “Untitled”. It is about having long tours and coming home and readjusting to life. When you are touring, its almost like a body high because you are performing every night, playing music and meeting tons of new people, so it really feels like living. Then when you come home, its easy to slip into a melancholic downward spiral and lose what you are doing and who you are. Its as simple as having writers block or looking in the mirror and hating your haircut and feeling like something needs to change but you can’t figure out what it is. So in that feeling of being lost, we looked back to our roots of bands we love and started from scratch with “Untitled”. And we grew to not like the name because it felt like the song was unfinished and there was a “hole”in the EP. And Anson and I are actually both massive fans of Shakespeare, so when he suggested the new title, “To Be or Nothing At All, it was the perfect allusion we were looking for with the title. ❖ Zack

How was the recording and writing process? 

The recording process for all of these songs was very in-depth. I recorded all the songs several times with different arrangements. ‘Hailey’ used to have a long intro and ‘To Be or Nothing at All’ used to have a guitar solo and a very pop punk vibe. Writing these songs was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because as I wrote the EP songs it helped resolve a lot of what was going on in my life. Between coming to terms with my self doubt and searching for what I wanted the music to be, writing this record has been the greatest challenge of my life. It’s hard to be this open not just with fans, but with myself. ❖Anson

What was it like to work with Andrew D’Angelo and how did that relationship develop? 

I was introduced to Andrew through some mutual friends and a manager I knew. After talking to him about his musical tastes and seeing his producing capabilities, I was very excited and eager to work with him. Working with Andrew was great. He was very patient with helping me find the sound we were looking for and really helped bring to light the EP we are releasing. ❖ Anson

What role does LA play in your writing? 

LA plays a huge role in my songwriting. Maybe not from a thematic perspective, but in terms of generating inspiration. The atmosphere here is the perfect place for me to write songs. This city is a melting pot of culture and filled with a myriad of stories. Seeing the daily hustle of the people in my life and my relationships with them bring forth inspiration like no other. ❖ Anson

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record? 

I think it was my very very early quarter life crisis haha. I think this was a huge time period of growth for me between losing faith in myself and regaining it. This whole record was about me searching to find myself again and being not just okay with what I found, but proud of who I was as an artist. I think this record explores my rebirth into music. ❖ Anson

Any plans to hit the road? 

We actually have a bunch of plans to hit the road in the near future! We are currently weighing our options and see what falls into place best for us. We will hopefully have a more concrete answer for all our fans very soon, so keep checking in! ❖ Zack

What else is happening next in Anson’s world? 

Well the EP is done, we are all sending countless hours on practicing to put together one of the most amazing live shows ever!!!! ❖ George

LISTEN TO “HAILEY” HERE

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