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INTERVIEW: Antiwave

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

I’ve been great, thank you so much for having me! I’ve been busy working on Antiwave releases, playing guitar for awesome artists like NoMBe and writing songs for movies. I’d say those three things take up all of my time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Agent of Sleep”?

Agent of Sleep was a lot of fun to make and went through many revisions. I used a lot of different synths and guitars to get interesting tones throughout the song that I think compliment each other well. So far it’s been received really well and has had a ton of features on sites like Buzznet and Indieshuffle to name a couple.

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

A lot of the time I think of a song in terms of a music video which helps me create a story-arc throughout. The storyline was actually fueled by a Vice episode I had watched about assisted suicide in the Netherlands and that young, depressed individuals were starting to get the green light from doctors prescribing suicide. I thought it was a very interesting subject matter because in one way or another we’re all hunting ourselves: going back and forth between reason and defeat. I think that those who commit suicide feel it is the ultimate middle-finger, the last laugh, and that doctors in the mental health industry and prescription drug manufacturers must be sad to lose a customer.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’d really love to release a video for this song however the ideas I’ve had rolling around in my head are pretty ridiculous and would be hard to scale back. I used to manage a production company so I know how costs are in that world and would rather allocate more funds toward the EP release.

How was the recording and writing process?

Sometimes songs come together magically and practically write themselves. This one was entirely different. It was like wrestling with a rhino at times. I had to push the writing process around and exhaust different lyrical and production possibilities to get it feeling the right way. I would just know that something could be better and it would drive me crazy until I got it right: where I could sit with it and feel like it was a cohesive piece.

What role does LA play in your writing?

Los Angeles is a very inspiring place to live and work in. It’s full of a lot of people trying to make catchy tunes to sell to the masses. Like a bunch of health freaks shoving fast food down their listeners throats. I got really tired of sitting in sessions watching this process happen. So this became the driving force behind what Antiwave really means. Don’t get me wrong, I’m inspired by the good parts of Los Angeles as well but it’s the desperate parts that really inspire me to create music that is a direct reflection of who I am and go against the grain. It’s not a gimmick, it’s just me expressing myself.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

I would definitely say it’s a departure from other projects I’ve worked on but it was also something I spent a lot of time developing and didn’t feel comfortable releasing until it felt right. It took me several years to attain with the level of production I wanted for myself and this project. I feel like everything I’ve done was working up to this moment.

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

As far as future releases go, I plan to put out a song a month up until February and then release an EP with those singles and remixes on it. It’s going to be a very exciting year!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I was thinking possibly Valentines Day because it would be a nice romantic present to myself to actually kick the EP out the door. It’s hard to stick to deadlines, but I feel like that is a realistic goal and would be a tremendous weight off of my shoulders.

Any plans to hit the road?

Once the EP is complete, I plan on playing some local shows and if the demand is there I’ll most definitely hit the road.

What else is happening next in Antiwave’s world?

I’m in the middle of mixing the next single with my co-producer Nathan Jenkins. It’s an awesome downtempo song with a melancholy undertone about obsession. I think Antiwave fans are going to be extremely pleased with this one!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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