Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Philip: We’ve been good, thanks! We’ve been busy with shows and prepping our new album but it’s all been really exciting.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “As Long As I Can See”?
Philip: Of course! The writing process for As Long As I Can See started with the vocal melody in the chorus. I had that bouncing around in my head, with different sets of lyrics for a long time before I even worked out any instrumental accompaniment. Then I made a demo with vocals and piano that I sent to Colin. From the beginning, we knew we wanted to make something that was simultaneously a dance song and a rock song and built on that idea.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Philip: This song was about the relief of seeing someone you love after a long day, maybe before they even see you. Like noticing when they come in from across the room. We’re on the road a lot and this feeling is something we’re both very familiar with. One particular situation I had in mind was the joy that comes from playing a D.C. show after being on the road and seeing that person come in through the audience.
How was the film experience?
Philip: The film experience was awesome. Scott Hansen had a clear vision for everything right from the jump. We had the idea of highlighting non-verbal communication through ASL and he really ran with the project. He found these amazing actors and locations to create something really special.
Colin: We loved working on this project. Scott is such a great director with true cinematic vision. He was able to really capture the feeling we had in mind.
The single comes off your new self-titled album – what’s the story behind the title?
Philip: When we started the album we were just coming out of college and we were super broke. But we also took note of the privilege that comes with modern technology and conveniences. When we finished this album we felt like we’d really found our voice so making it self-titled just felt right.
How was the recording and writing process?
Colin: We had a blast with this whole album process. We began by demoing ~30 songs in my studio before taking the final 12 up to Nada Recording Studio in New York to work with John Naclerio. We were really excited to work with John on this project because of his history with some hard rocking bands. He kills huge drum tones and thick guitars. He helped us really bring out the rock side of our sound.
What role does DC play in your writing?
Philip: DC is a huge part of this album for me. When I close my eyes to imagine the scenes I’m writing about it’s always the backdrop in my mind. But the songs on this album are also deliberately nonspecific when it comes to locations. We hope that anyone could envision themselves in these scenes. I don’t know how that will carry over into future albums but on this one it was very intentional.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Philip: We find inspiration from a wide range of sources. Everything from poetry to street art and beyond. Bruce Springsteen, Bleachers and Bastille are big influences for us musically. You know… the big B’s.
Any plans to hit the road?
Philip: We’ve got some exciting stuff lined up for November and December and as soon as it’s finalized it’ll be up on our website!
What else is happening next in Broke Royals’ world?
Philip: We are very excited about a remix that’s coming out October 16 by Penguin Prison. We’ve been fans of him for a long time so working together was a dream. Plus, the song is a banger. Certifiably fresh and ready for the club.
Colin: Music, music, music! We’re always writing and working on new songs.