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INTERVIEW: Blushes

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

We’ve been busy bees… working on our single Honey as you know.

We are all at maximum pop level excitement. Ready for anything.

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

It was out on the 12th of January! It will be our fourth single now. We recorded the track at Music Land Studios In Haggerston, London with the wonderful Ian Flynn as our producer. It’s a song that has been in development for some time now. It was written last year and is inspired by a synth bass line that forms the backbone of the track. There is a heavy R&B and Hip-hop influence to the groove of the track, drawing from various genres such as G-funk for example.

We just love the feel of it, we love playing it and when we all just lock the groove in together, all our different parts are totally in sync, and that feels so good to play.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Rather than an event it was a series of jazz chords that inspired the bass line and then it snow balled from there.   I (Brad) was playing around with some jazzy chords on loop. There weren’t actually going to be any words it was going to be an instrumental. I was on a video call with Sonny and we were just playing around with the hook, and then whatever made us feel good stuck. The lyrics then came after, they were inspired by the way the song felt. The lyrics came from a notion of dissatisfaction with the world around you, but that then gets completely blurred out by the positive effect someone has on you, as if they are ‘sugar-coating’ your environment.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

 (our music vid is being released together with the single) Indeed, we have made a video that we are very proud of and have worked very hard on with our good friend and film maker Harvey Frost with additional help from DP Jonathon Way. This will be our second ever music video and the first where we have collaborated with others for help. It was still very much a DIY process, just with more hands and more outside creative input, which we like. We liked doing it all ourselves but this was great too.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded all of the track in one day starting with a live track of us all playing together to get a foundation to build upon. We then recorded the ideas we already had to add and new ones that we came up with on the spot, to emphasise different parts of the track.

What role does Buckinghamshire play in your writing?

We have been here all of our lives so we are very used to it as a more of an indirect inspiration. I think sometimes living here has spurred us to write material that evokes a feeling of forgetfulness or escape as we all like to wish we could just teleport thousands of miles away every now and then. However things have happened in this county that have been historical and important to many musical figures such as the likes of David Bowie being inspired whilst being in  our hometown Aylesbury. Of late the music scene has blossomed too, with a range of bands and artists from all over the county releasing and playing great music which in turn inspires more people to write and play.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you balance them together?

In the past we have taken a very ‘spitball’ approach, whatever sounds good sticks right? But having the benefit of hindsight means we know what fits our musical goals, and what we like playing best. So right now I think we have three ‘paths’ of writing – the more energetic dance ‘anthemic’ pop side, the hiphop/rnb groove side, and a more dreamy/psych influenced route. These are areas we definitely wanna combine and refine. Most ideas we have tend to mix these up to some degree. Above all else, the one rule we have is that we won’t pursue an idea unless it presents something innovative or mixes things unconventionally, to both us, and the musical world we know.

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

We have a plethora of songs coming, most likely in the form of singles this year, but we will definitely see how things go and if it feels right to release something bigger soon, then we definitely will.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next song after ‘Honey’  should be out around or before Summer for sure.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be hitting the road the grass and hopefully the air, it all depends on how the next couple of months pan out really but we are planning on doing another tour this year. That will be worked around other big dates TBC.

What else is happening next in Blushes’ world?

On the 25th of January, we have are playing a secret free show somewhere in London. Icebreaker festival is just around the corner at the beginning of February which we are super excited for as there are so many bands and artists who we know will be great, this takes place on the 2nd and 3rd. On the 21st of February we are playing at The Waiting room in London, a headline show which we can’t believe is happening, just saying that feels a bit surreal. That should be really good, its an awesome venue too.

Catch them live

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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