INTERVIEW: Venus Theory

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

Cameron: Pretty solid, just busy!

Alecia: Pretty great! Loving life… school… work… keeping very busy!

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

C: Musically, Echo was really fun to work on. It went through about 4 iterations before we settled on a final version musically. It’s a really cool track, and has a lot of really interesting small details to it. It was an incredibly large mix (about 90 tracks or so) and that was difficult to keep things clear and in their own space. A lot of the sounds are field recordings, so it was a long process to chop everything up and get samples set in place, so this song took a good two months to really be done.

A: For me I really felt inspired by the music Cameron wrote and the lyrics and Melody kind of came spilling out. I adore the bass in the song and knew it was going to be one of my favorites!

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

A: None in particular …it was more of just a lot of different relationships I have been in whether it be romantically or just friendship where it was so toxic but we were both blind to the fact that we were both so bad for each other. There’s just a point where you have to let toxic relationships go and that’s what the song is about.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

C: Currently it’s a solid maybe. We do have an idea for the video, but it’s very hard to coordinate time to shoot things and get it all set up since we both work a lot, and there’s always something going on. We do have a video for our first single ‘Fire’ which came out on September 29th though!

A: Hopefully! We have a few ideas but with not much of a budget it’s hard to actually put the ideas we have into a video.

The single comes off your new album Nightwalker – what’s the story behind the title?

C: I came up with the title originally just out of nowhere. It just seemed to really fit the overall vibe of the EP. Our music isn’t really music for the club, but more like stuff you listen to at 3am walking home from a night out. So, Nightwalker just felt right in terms of the sound and themes of the EP.

A: Well Cameron came up with it and I was like ‘yeah, that fits!’ It seemed to really encompass the atmosphere and feel we were going for with the EP.

This is the first installment, would the next one will follow the same themes? Is this a conceptual record?

C: Music-wise, I’m sure it will be similar but different if that makes sense – I do kind of have a ‘style’ to how I work and the general aesthetics of my sound, but it will definitely have it’s own flavor. We work really hard to make sure each song is special and not just a rehash of the same ‘bones’ over and over.

A: We will definitely have the same type of feel music wise while also changing it up just a bit but not anything super crazy ….we want both parts to cohesively make sense and feel like two parts to a whole.

How was the recording and writing process?

C: In a word, tedious. This EP took about 2 years to really come to fruition and another 6 months or so to actually sit down and make it. There was a lot of exploration and soul searching during our time off, and I spent a long time experimenting before we really started laying the groundwork. However, I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out – it was very exciting to hear what’s been in my head for the last few years as a finished product. And, as always, Alecia was awesome to work with and really pulled it all together.

A: I would say it was super fun! It’s my favorite thing to work on and I always look forward to the end product! I’m busy so it’s hard sometimes to find the time to do the things I actually want to do like work on music but when we do find the time it’s so much fun and so rewarding!

What role does Illinois play in your music?

C: I have a love/hate relationship with the Midwest. Illinois is inspiring to me with a lot of the forests and just this massive ‘empty’ feeling. That’s really been my main inspiration since there’s not a whole lot to do here but wander around and see what happens.

A: Honestly very little for me…I’m more inspired by people than anything else or stories…not really Illinois.

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

A: From the people I’ve met…the relationships I’ve had and also just things that have happened in my life. Also stories I read and sometimes movies also really inspire me when I’m writing!

Any plans to hit the road?

C: I’m sure we’ll start booking some festivals and stuff soon once things have settled in a bit more and we’ve released part two – we’re very excited to start performing again!

A: I hope so! Playing live is my favorite part of being in a band! There is nothing better than a live audience!

What else is happening next in Venus Theory’s world?

C: Next up is part two of the EP, beyond that I’m really not sure. We’ll probably start releasing things more in a single format as they are done, but we do take a lot of time to work so it may just end up being another EP. We’ll just have to play the waiting game and see what happens!

A: Hopefully just lots of writing and recording of part 2 and also touring if we can find the time!

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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