INTERVIEW: At The Moment

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

Hello!  I’ve been good, thanks for asking.  It’s been great to release the 2nd single off our album In for a Ride and the video.  People are really resonating with the song (“Ready for Love”) and that’s been great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ready For Love”?

It’s a song a wrote a few years back but wound up not recording.  When I wrote the song it had a much faster tempo, and my friend Steve Schiltz (Harvard of the South, Hurricane Bells) who produced our Monte Carlo EP, really liked the song but felt the tempo should be slowed down.  After I wrote the title song off our new album In for a Ride, I was inspired and re-visited “Ready for Love”.  Steve was right, the tempo change really fit the song.  I brought it to the band, and it’s one of my favorite songs on the album.  I was so happy with the way the song came out, especially the intimacy of the intro/verse.

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

My writing typically starts with the music as this did.  I wasn’t really thinking of subject matter when I wrote the musical outline of the song.  But at the time, I think I had just come to a place where I was ready to have love in my life.  It became the basis of the song.

The single comes off your new album In For A Ride – what’s the story behind the title?

The album is named for the title track “In For A Ride”.  That song meant a lot to personally and I consider it one of the best songs I’ve written.  The completion of that song also really helped shape the remainder of the album.  “We Can Move On”, “Kill Some Time”, “Don’t Give It Away”, “No Straight Line”, and “No Matter What” were all written after it.  I felt like the album was pretty broad in scope and I liked it feeling a bit like a journey.  The making of the album was a bit of a journey too.  I hadn’t recorded a full-length album in a while.  We recorded 13 songs in total so there is more material left to release.  Also, the songs cover topics that we all feel at times throughout the journey of our life.  For all of these reasons naming the album after the song “In For A Ride” just seemed to make sense and was a way to acknowledge the songs’ importance in the development of the album.

How was the recording and writing process?

They are such different processes for me.  Writing is more solitary, cerebral, and exploratory.  Recording feels like a performance to me.  Capturing a moment. I think it’s a different skill set and mindset, but I enjoy both processes equally.

The writing for In for a Ride evolved slowly over time as I wrote new songs for our live set.  I hadn’t really been focused on writing an album, I was just having a good time writing new songs for us to perform live.  But when we decided to record, it was really great working with Ken Rich and Jake Lummus at Grand Street Recording.  We’re so happy with the finished product and glad to have the album out there!

What role does NYC play in your writing?

It definitely plays a part in my writing and in the overall presentation of the band.  I’ve been living in NYC for 19 years, in the same place.  Writing for me comes from your experiences and what you observe in your environment, so these influences find their way in.  Visually with our videos and photoshoots, I’ve tried to incorporate my neighborhood.  Its what I know and I’m proud to present that.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think the inspiration comes from observations and experiences and finding love, humor, or some sort of appreciation of those things.  It could be anything from an emotion to a really cool guitar part.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now we’re focusing on shows in NYC.  I’m also looking to make a trip to Texas (where I grew up) and play some shows there.

What else is happening next in At The Moment’s world?

We may do another video for the 3rd single.  I’ve really enjoyed making them and Ryan McGilloway and Max Garstak have done a great job on “No Straight Line” and “Ready for Love” (the first 2 singles).  In addition, I’m working on some songs for a new EP in 2018.


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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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