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

Very well, thank you for having me!

Can you talk to us about your latest single “Run Rabbit Run” – Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Run Rabbit Run” is very much inspired from my experiences as a young teenager trying to find my way in the world of Rock and Roll. Growing up all my band mates were always boys, and I had to find my confidence over time to prove to myself that I was just as good as any guy I played with. “Run Rabbit Run” really focuses on not being afraid of whatever is coming your way and to always be yourself. I hope some young girl who wants to play guitar hears this song and is inspired by it.

Tell us about the video for “Run Rabbit Run” – where was it shot?  Any interesting stories from the video shoot?

The video for my single was shot in Sudbury, Ontario which is basically a forest in Northern Canada. I was there visiting some friends with my guitar player and we all were jamming my new songs when one of them said, “why don’t we shoot a video for ‘Run Rabbit Run’ outside?” We also happened to have a friend who does videography there at the time. So it all sort of came together organically, and we sketched out a quick storyboard of the video. We got lucky with how well it turned out! Here’s an interesting fact for all you inquiring minds; we needed bright lights to film us in the dark, so the spotlights you see in the background are actually a couple of work lights and the high beams on the bass players truck! They worked perfectly.

The single comes off your new EP Lost In The Moment – what’s the story behind the title?

I came up with the title “Lost in the Moment” while reading the lyrics to my songs. I wanted to find a little tidbit from one of the songs that encompassed the experience of making the EP. When I was listening to my song “Sometimes” I heard the line, “lost in the moment”. I thought it was absolutely perfect as the title to the EP because the whole time Aaron (Edwards) and I were writing the songs we were completely lost in that moment. We would dive into writing sessions and not come up for air for hours on end. We got lost in the sounds and the creations we were making, so the title was fitting.

How was the recording and writing process for the EP?

The process of making this EP was so much fun. Like I said before, creating new sounds with pedals and my vocals was like a playground for Aaron and I. We really wanted to create something with just the four basic instruments of guitar, bass, vocals, and drums, and we accomplished that. I also am very proud of myself for playing nearly everything on these songs. I can’t play drums, but everything else Aaron pushed me to do on my own.

What was it like to work with producer Aaron Edwards and how did that relationship develop?  How much did he get to influence the songs on the Ep?

I have a wonderful relationship with Aaron. We met on the pretense of hopefully writing something together, but it blossomed into this creative writing relationship that I am so thankful for. We’re both from Washington State, and I think that has a lot to do with our influences and overall vibe of writing style. I would come in with a riff, and Aaron would expand on it in a way that captured exactly what I wanted the song to become. We influenced each other when making these songs, because one of us would say an idea and then as if we were reading each other’s minds we’d build on it together. Aaron is also a pedal wizard, so he is the one to credit for some of the amazing tones and sounds you hear.

How have your heroes Alice in Chains and the late Chris Cornell influenced your writing?

Alice in Chains were my go-to band when I was 13 years old. Layne Staley inspired my singing for many years, and in some ways still does. He and Cornell were the reason I taught myself how to scream and sing in such a belting way. Cornell is also an artist who I took so much influence from in the way he writes his songs. Especially his solo album Euphoria Mourning, you can hear the different chord progressions and changes in melody that were so creative and absolutely beautiful. I only hope to write as well as him someday. But I think he took a lot of inspiration from the Beatles as I do, too. Their chord choices made a lot of those songs we all love amazing. When I write I try to think in the way that maybe they did when playing different chords over a melody that pushes the standard of what you normally hear.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

I took a lot of influence from Seattle and the grunge movement when I was growing up, and now that I’m a little older I believe that it has influenced my overall attitude about life. I often find solace in writing about sad things, and that may be rooted in the fact that I grew up somewhere where it rains almost every day and is cloudy and grey. I think if I happened to have been born in Los Angeles for example, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’m someone who appreciates the sun when it’s out, and the sun represents happiness to me. Something as simple as the weather could be why the musicians from the grunge era wrote the way they did as well. But the combination of the two really sparked something in me when I figured out, I could write songs.

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

There are a lot of aspects from both of those subjects. In a track called “Toxic Love” I wrote about the horrifying elements of being in a relationship that you fear leaving, romantic or otherwise. I drew inspiration from a friend that was caught in their own torment to see that they were hurting someone else. I also pulled from my own experiences, and all the thoughts that run through my head.

In the track “Deal” I wanted to make some sort of statement. It’s a short and to the point song that basically says, I don’t want to deal with life sometimes. There are so many hardships on young people now, some rooted in the fact that the population is skyrocketing. That leads to tighter competition to get into colleges (if that’s even an option) that send you into student debt for years of your life. It’s hard to relax for a moment with the pressures of the world, and I was hoping with this song that I could convey it’s okay to not care about anything for a moment. There are bigger problems in the world.

What made you want to go for a much darker approach?

I’ve always gone for a darker approach. The first song I ever wrote was called “City of Sorrow” when I was 13. To me, it’s second nature to write in a darker tone. I find it incredibly difficult to write something genuinely happy; even the songs I have that are close to that have a tinge of something nostalgic or sad. Just like how hitting a home run feels amazing to a baseball player, playing distortion driven minor chords for an audience makes me giddy!

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on “Lost In The Moment”?

I wrote quite a bit about the state of the world and how it affects me personally, on a smaller level and on a global level. America is always in a societal uproar it seems, so it fueled many of my feelings when writing the songs. I also wrote about having personal demons in the song “Sometimes”. It’s okay to not be okay, and I expressed that idea in “Sometimes” and “Run Rabbit Run”.

Any plans to hit the road – any tour dates booked yet?

We don’t currently have anything booked yet, but are looking for dates in the beginning of the year, around the release of the EP in late January.

What else is happening next in Bexley’s world?

Shows, new songs, shows, more writing sessions, shows, recording, did I mention shows?!!?

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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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