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INTERVIEW: The Lightness Of Being

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

Great – we’ve just about survived the winter! Thanks for speaking with us!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Bottomfeeder”?

The track’s about the people left behind by modern society – and that most probably never saw it coming.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Not a single event – more a case of looking around and everyday stuff. It’s hard to keep up, so many things are changing so fast, and there will always be those who struggle to keep up. This is only becoming more of an issue.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes! We have a video made in collaboration with the very talented Vaiginta Perkauskaite and we were super happy with what she did. The video matches the tone of the song – pretty dark, intense and with some raw edge!

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

The background of “Diversions” is relatively simple – there are so many distractions and choices these days, we hope people can take a step back and listen for a few moments, put aside their mobile. Some of our songs are about current tensions within modern life, and the title relates to that. There are two other tracks “Cave” and “Refute” – the 3 tracks are each quite different, so “Diversions” also reflects the variety we think the EP has.

How was the recording and writing process?

Good fun – although we take our time rather than get it all done in a few ecstatic moments! We find what works best is to develop a song over a few months… generally it starts around a riff or melody we stumble upon, to which we add various parts, experimenting with ideas at rehearsal and also working with recording software. We’ll work on a track intensely for a few weeks… then leave it for a while to let things settle… finding that when we come back later we see it with fresh eyes. We’ll put a lot of work into developing demos, trying to decide and iron out as much as we can before going to the studio.

What role does the UK play in your writing?

Two of us were born in the UK, while the others are originally from Singapore and Poland – and UK music scene is a major why they moved and stayed here. There’s always a stream of great bands passing through – which you just don’t get in many other places.

How have Queens of the Stone Age and Deftones influenced your writing?

Great question, and probably those two bands are largest influences. If we had to sum it up then the thing we love most about QoTSA is that their songs have great & heavy riffs, but they’re also grove-driven and almost always have a strong vocal melodies and interesting song structures. We hope to emulate these aspects in our own way! Deftones bring in detuned guitars and atmospheric delays and effects – something we’ve enjoyed experimenting with increasingly over time.

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

Just hearing the stories of our friends and of people who come to our shows. People from different walks of life, mostly hardworking people who struggle in a time of increasing uncertainty and inequality.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re currently working on bookings – please follow us on social media (http://thelightnessofbeing.co.uk/, or Facebook) where we’ll announce all new shows when they’re confirmed.

What else is happening next in The Lightness Of Being´s world?

We’re busy with further new recordings and releases for 2018! We pretty much have the 4th EP done – and we’d love to come back to chat about that when it’s out. Last year was slow in terms of new stuff… but we’re back on the bus!

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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