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

Hi, doing well thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Safe Passage”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The inspiration for this song came at a time in my life where everything was transitioning into what felt like the unknow. At the time it seemed like the more I tried to hold on, the faster things would slip away, and I found myself as most of us often do at times in more bars than I should have been in ha ha drinking a bit more than I should have. Safe Passage became a song about those experiences, and the search for “home” whatever that is defined as for the listener.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Very excited about the video for this single, have plans to release Safe Passage Video November 17th.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name it after the band?

FLAGOO is just a simple way of letting people know who I am and what this E.P. is about. Having a backing band like Dead Flowers is a huge deal to me, I have been a big fan of those fellas for years, so I don’t really look at it as “FALGOO the band”, more like FALGOO the project.

How was the recording and writing process?

The Writing process for this project developed really effortlessly. I always take a journal pretty much everywhere and scratch down feelings, memories, people, tones, and one day all those things started to take on a bit more form and developed into songs that I couldn’t get out of my head. I then had the awesome opportunity of working with Corey Howe. Corey is a very perceptive and a gifted writer, he really helped me dissected parts of my songs, and develop the stories in them a bit more.  The recording process was much the same. All the Dead Flowers fellas are very good at what they do, so there was never any doubt in my mind throughout the recording experience.  We all communicated openly, and that kept us all on the same page musically.

What was it like to work with Corey Howe and the rest of Dead Flowers and how did that relationship develop?

I absolutely loved working with Dead Flowers, those fellas know what they are doing, and know each other well, which made this a very smooth and enjoyable experience for me. I’ve known Corey Howe for a while now, always been a fan of the music he’s been a part of, and always wanted to work with him. Our relationship with this project developed over good whiskey and Motown Mondays at a bar called the Double Wide. WE just started talking about writing, and recording, and getting song ideas together, and then one day Corey let me play the songs I had for him. After that we just started meeting on Monday nights and developing those  ideas.

How much did they influence the album?

Dead Flowers inspired and influenced me years ago. I remember when they released their first album, I would listen to it over and over and just smile, wishing that one day I would get to work with them. They play a style of music that really moves my heart, and at the same time makes me wanna kick over people’s drinks and dance all my worries away. They create a very honest vibe with the songs they play, and really helped me find that same spirit in the songs we collaborated on.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

Aspect of Love..? ha hahaoohhh goodness.  I guess I explored the part of love that needs to walk away ha ha. I’m a lover at heart, and enjoy the warm and fuzzies buti have also discovered the harsher side of love over the past few years. I’ve come to realize that sometimes the most loving thing a person can do is call it like it is, hope for the best, and walk away. I feel like this E.P. ventures more down that avenue of love, or “self-Love” I guess you could call it.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would very much LOVE to hit the road, but no plans for it just yet.

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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