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INTERVIEW: Russian quartet Fox In Oil

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

Thank you, we are doing well!

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Madness”?

“Madness’ is the first song from our upcoming EP. It is starting point of a love story, a heated romance. It is about those overwhelming feelings when you fall in love with somebody for the first time. It is love at first sight! But, as all grown ups know, nothing lasts forever. The weather is changing…

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Almost a year ago we were celebrating an anniversary of our debut EP “Flowers Bloom in Atacama Desert” – the EP’s name was pinched from a newspaper headline. That time we planned to release couple of tracks as singles and that’s it. But suddenly, a year after the Atacama desert experienced a rare bloom of flowers we saw the news that the Sahara was hit by a freak snowfall! We decided that this is an omen to write its follow up.

How was the recording experience?

It’s always a fun time! That’s really when you realize that you love this job, by spending so many hours in the studio. We do not split our sessions and everybody tries their best to attend each of them. We really love studio atmosphere with all that cool gear, we always take our chance to talk with engineers to find something new in a process – sounds, recording techniques, etc. Lucky us, we were able to book the best local studio “Dobrolet”. It is a Mecca for top russian rock bands and the tone rooms are full of history! Once Daria laid down on the sofa in the studio to have a rest and the recording engineer warned her to be careful and not chew, lick or suck the upholstery while dreaming, cause who knows what had happened there before…You should have seen the look on her face!

How was the recording and writing process?

That was a long journey, somehow we managed to produce our EP during eight months, which is much longer than we thought it would take! During that period we faced personal problems, misunderstanding and endless disputes. The main thing for us has been to learn how to communicate – we had to figure out how to co-exist without hurting each other. We knew that we need to grow a lot as people and artists to pursue our goal of breaking out. 

What role does Russia play in your music?

A big one! We live here and we breathe that air. We do not have too much sunny days in Saint-Petersburg, so we tend to tell melodramatic stories full of relationships with a melodic tone to it. On the other hand everyone in our band has it’s own music background and tastes, so we write songs using the rhythms, melodies and energy that we grew up with. That is how “Madness” came to be. While our country has a rich music history that we try and pull from (with classical music, especially), we are still very inspired by Western culture.

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

Yes! We are gearing up to release one more single – “Rise and Fall”. This song is about the coldness of a breakup and is the opposite to the hot “Madness” single. It is not the entire story, so we welcome you to listen to the full album!

Any release date or title in mind?

The title of the album is “Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert” and it comes out November 17th. Stay tuned!

Any plans to hit the road?

We are planning a local tour this winter and are searching for opportunities to play gigs in Europe and the US. 

What else is happening next in Fox In Oil’s world?

There are still so many things to do! Before anything, we want to build a strong relationship with our fans and truly become a family, which is why we are always working diligently on our social media. Next mission is to conquer the stage and make an outstanding live show!

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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