INTERVIEW: Sea In The Sky
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’re doing very well, especially now that the album is out!
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Everything All At Once”?
Everything All At Once is the title track of our new album. We wanted to release this song first because we felt like it was the best representation of the entire album, musically and lyrically. The lyrics are based on the concept of the overwhelming rush of emotions that an astronaut experiences when he sees Earth from outer space.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
There wasn’t a particular event that inspired Sam to write the song. He’s just always been captivated by the concept and he found an opportunity to write about it on this album.
Why naming the album after this track on particular?
As previously mentioned, we feel like this song really captures the essence of the album and the future direction for Sea In The Sky. Unlike the songs on our instrumental releases, this particular song has more of a basic structure and more space for Sam to sing his heart out. We hope the uplifting melodies and lyrical content will encourage our listeners to appreciate their lives and take risks.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great. The writing process was fairly conventional. It typically starts off with Johan and Rodney writing out riff ideas and writing out drum beats, providing a foundation and feel for the song. Then, they will send the song idea to Daniel to alter the beats or just spice them up. Once the structure is established for the song, Sam will write lyrics to it. This was the method for all the songs, aside from Neck Romancer and An Appeal to Emotion. Those were more of a collaborative effort.
What was it like to work with Nick Loiacono and how did that relationship develop?
This was actually our second time working with Nick. The first time that we worked with him was when we recorded our Visions EP. He was super easy going and he really understood the sound we were trying to capture. We had such a great experience with him on that session that we decided to go with him again to record our first full-length album. Not only is he a great sound engineer, but he is also one of our best friends.
How much did he influence the album?
Nick didn’t play a huge role in the songwriting process, but he would give us suggestions on certain parts of songs to help enhance the listener’s experience. A majority of the time, we would go with his suggestions.
What musical styles did you get to play with on this record and why?
We got to play with a lot of different styles on this album. In the opening track Dreamer, the last section of the song is a jam that incorporates some Latin and jazz elements. We’ve always wanted to write a funk-influenced song, which lead to us writing Neck Romancer. Sam wanted the album to have a soft indie rock song on the album and, as a result, we wrote An Appeal to Emotion. We also made a conscious effort to write songs with more of a basic pop rock structure and more space for Sam’s vocals.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Musically, the bands that influenced our song writing on the album were The Contortionist, Chon, Plini, Intervals, Owane, and Jamiroquai. In terms of lyrics, Sam found inspiration from his own life experiences.
Any plans to hit the road?
We do plan to hit the road soon. With Sam still being in school, we’re hoping to hit the road sometime during his winter break and next summer!
What else is happening next in Sea In The Sky’s world?
Right now, we are focusing our efforts on releasing more content online and playing more shows. We will be releasing our first music video pretty soon. We also have guitar, bass and drum playthrough videos that we plan to post in the next couple months. Keep your eyes peeled for those!
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