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INTERVIEW: The Chordaes

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

We’re doing great! Still feeling the high of two really amazing shows at The Standard Hotel and Rockwood Music Hall.

Can you talk to us more about your song “What Do You Want From Me”? Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I was watching the news one day around the time of the president’s inauguration. I saw an image of Vlad Putin and the line “dead faced, no shame in your eyes” came to me immedately. It’s from the perspective of someone under the control of a person like that. Powerless and searching for hope.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

This was our second time working with Phil Harder. It was difficult because a large part of the shoot was playing the song at two and a half times speed. This might not sound too difficult but trying to act natural while flying through the song was not easy. It was quite fun messing around in front of the green screen, though.

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

This title came from the feeling we were having around the time of recording the music. The band had gone through several transitions, and we spent a bit of time on the road. We really felt like we were on a journey, and we want to take our listeners on a sonic journey.

How was the recording process?

Recording was a great because we had the opportunity to work with some amazing pros including Charlton Pettus (Tears For Fears), Todd Caldwell (Stephen Stills), Steve Holley (Wings), and Alex Brummel (Ron Pope).

The Deli Magazine compared Leo to Jeff Buckley. How has he influenced your writing?

I actually didn’t get into Jeff until more recently, but I really respect him most as a vocalist.

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

Generally I write most of my songs when I feel like something is beyond my reach. In moments of powerlessness I feel most inspired.

Any plans to hit the road and tour outside of NYC?

We’ve got a couple acoustic gigs coming up. Providence, RI on February 21st at Dusk and Jamaica Plain, MA on February 22nd at Midway Cafe.

What else is happening next in The Chordaes´ world?

We just finished up recording our next single, Venus, which we’re looking to release fairly quickly. This is the first song we’ve recorded with our current line-up and it’s really been a fun experience. Beyond that we’re hoping to showcase new material in our shows regularly throughout 2018 and see what clicks with people.

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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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