INTERVIEW: The Material

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

Hey! We have been good! Just busy writing and recording these new tunes. Happy to finally be sharing them with the world!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The One That Got Away“?

Yeah! As soon as we wrote it, I knew “The One That Got Away” had something special. It’s still my favorite on the EP.  So far it seems like people have been connecting with it pretty well.

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

I think this song was inspired by that feeling you get when you look back on a time in your life that you took for granted. For me it was wishing I could go back in the past and take advantage of missed opportunities or wasted time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Possibly? We’re always into exploring new ways to bring the music to life in creative ways.

The single comes off your new EP Gray States – why did it take so long to release this material?

After The Material decided to take a little break, we all got busy doing other things. I signed to mau5trap records as a solo artist, Roy opened his own restaurant, Kevin went on tour as a drum tech, and it wasn’t until Jordan and Jon started jamming together with our buddy Zack, that it occurred to us.. we had taken enough time off. We were ready to pick this back up again.

What made you guys to get back together?

It wasn’t like we made a conscious effort to “get back together”. It started out as us just jamming covers, and getting back in the studio to get the creative juices flowing. But once we started writing new songs, it eventually shifted into us asking “is this the next Material record”? Once the songs were fully recorded, we decided to put it out as The Material because it sounded like the natural progression of where the band would go after a 5 year hiatus. It still has hints of the old sound, but with a more modern twist.

What’s the story behind the EP title?

Gray States was the general state of mind we were all in when we started playing together. We had all missed being in a band, and needed a bit of light in the dark.

How was the recording and writing process? Was it any different to back in the days?

Yeah this time it was me, Jon, Jordan and our buddy Zack. We started just playing ideas in the rehearsal studio but eventually we had these late night songwriting sessions in our home studio and just start digging deeper into each song.

How has the new member additions influenced the band’s sound?

I think Zack brings a cool new element to our sound. He’s from the Nashville music scene, so he has a really great understanding of songwriting. In addition to being an awesome guitarist and songwriter, he also has an incredible voice, which you will get to hear in a couple songs!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with band members rather than as a solo artist?

It’s actually a huge weight lifted off me to be in a band again. It’s nice to collaborate with other musicians you respect, rather than just having to rely on yourself for ideas.

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

Time. I’m constantly trying to do the most with my time. But usually I end up feeling like I wasted the present moment by always trying to plan for the future, or dwelling on what I could have done in the past.

Any plans to hit the road?

Maybe! We will see J Being on the road is what burned us out in the first place, so we just want to focus on what makes us happiest, and that is writing music right now.

What else is happening next in The Material’s world?

I guess you will just have to wait and see? haha

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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