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INTERVIEW: Hot Like Sushi

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

Hi there! We’re doing great, thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Do You Wanna”?

“Do You Wanna” is a song that we worked on for quite some time. We actually wrote tons of different versions of the track, experimenting with the arrangements, sounds, etc. But, we finally landed on this one!

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

Our Keyboarder Luka wrote the majority of the song “Do You Wanna”, about a year ago. It describes a relationship in which the girl is not fully committing; thus the question “Do You Wanna”? And yes, it’s autobiographical!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

That’s obviously a trade secret! But, since we’re in such a good mood, we will tell you anyway! We slowed the song down a lot and then moved to it in a slow-motion style. At the end, we sped it up again and got this stop-motion like look!

The whole process was done in one-take, which didn’t make things easier. Also, the slowed-down song got really depressing, very different from what it actually sounds like!

How was the recording and writing process?

For all of our songwriting process, either Luka or Elias will come up with an initial idea, after which we all work on it together. Most of the time, it starts out with a homemade demo and often; some parts of those demos make it into the finished version. On this particular song, we recorded everything but the vocals ourselves, and then went into the studio for the vocal-production and mixing process.

What was it like to work with Ben Mühlethaler and how did that relationship develop?

It was great! Our label recommended us to him and so the relationship began. We became very good friends with him; he’s a very cool guy and brought in a lot of good ideas into our already very developed songs.

How much did he influence the album?

Well, there’s only 3 singles at the moment, but he did influence them a lot. He also encouraged us to keep writing in this style.

What role does Switzerland play in your writing?

To be honest, 0.0! We’re a lot more influenced by English and American artists… Having said that, there’s probably a lot of influence that we don’t even realize. It is our home after all and we all studied music together here.

What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?

Still no full record, but we just want to make quirky, funky and fun music for people to enjoy!

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re playing a lot of festivals in Switzerland this summer and we’re also planning to do a German tour in the not too distant future!

What else is happening next in Hot Like Sushi’s world?

Well, we’re also planning on going to Los Angeles for a month to write some new material and expand our musical horizon, if that doesn’t sound too cheesy! J

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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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