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INTERVIEW: New City

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

We’ve been great! Toronto’s weather has started to feel like spring so we have been trying to enjoy outside for a bit in between heavy rehearsals.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Getting Closer”?

Yeah, Getting Closer has been out for just over a month. The song really displays how hard we’ve been working, and also some of the ups and downs that come along with putting your life on the line for you dreams. Not to worry so much about where you are right now, because as long as you are putting one foot in front of the other, you’re getting closer to where ever you want to be. It’s really open for multiple interpretations.  

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

We were going through a frustrating time and needed something to believe in to reassure us that we were getting closer. A lot of the times it feels like the whole world is against you but just be calm and stay true to yourself and everything will be fine.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Definitely our favourite video to shoot so far! It truly felt like we were living in a movie. We worked with a really great director and team to bring this vision to life. We actually used a technodolly camera, which is this robotic camera crane on a track that films in a complete circle using the exact same frames every time.  So we did like 45 takes of the same thing and then stitched them together. That’s what gives it the seamless look the whole time throughout the video. We shot all the way through the night until 6am and were being handed tequila shots in between takes to make sure we were staying awake haha an unforgettable experience.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote this song in our condo in downtown Toronto late July. Actually on Nate’s birthday! The song was honestly completely written in about 45 minutes. Truly one of those songs you hear about that just comes spilling out of you. We finished the song and demo that day then while we were in Los Angeles later on, we had Fede Vindver add the final touches. Some of the production you hear in the final version was made by us in the condo that very first day!

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

We are never not making music to be honest. We have an EP coming out at the end of the summer with some more of our favourites. Going through the process for artwork and all that right now. We’re playing some of these unreleased EP songs live too, so even more reason to come check out a show! Get ready for lots and lots more music from us!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Stay tuned haha!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we are joining Jake Miller on his tour at the end of this week actually! May 12 – 23. All east coast US shows. Which is a first for us. Tickets on sale at www.newcityofficial.ca 🙂 Other than that, some cool shows in Toronto and some festivals this summer in Canada too. Lots more being booked as we speak! We’re looking forward to playing lots more all around the world.

What else is happening next in NEW CITY’s world?

There is always something new happening in the world of NEW CITY. Everyday is different for us haha This week we are proud to be nominated for 2 awards for our single “Dirty Secrets” at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. Our first award show performance too!

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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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