Hi Daniel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I have been great and hot! Nashville skipped spring and we have been in full-on summer weather.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single (and title track to your upcoming album) “Lonesome Hollow”?
Sure. The Lonesome Hollow is the title track off my record which released May 4th and follows a remorseful character on their way to a lonely, dark place.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No particular event stopped me to sit down and write this song. The song was rather more of an intriguing desire to articulate the passage one may take on the heels of debauchery.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming process was surprisingly easy. We had a 3 man crew consisting of myself directing, Stephen Perlin as director of photography, and camera assistant, Ryan Mazzei. We jumped around a couple small towns east of Phoenix over the course of 3 days, filming my hometown mechanic, Charles Trueblood. We shot the video on 16mm using a vintage French camera so the stakes were high every time we said action. Shooting with tape required accountability from all of us and forced us to really be locked-in as a crew. Fortunately, Perlin, Mazzei, and I all swam in the same creative pool so the process was really smooth and we seemed to capture something special almost every time we started recording. It honestly made editing the video pretty difficult because we had to leave out so much great footage out. It was a good problem to have.
How was the recording and writing process?
The record was produced in Los Angeles, New York, and DC with some fantastic musicians and friends that I feel privileged to have worked with. Producer Matt Williams, Jay Bellerose on Drums, Jenn Condos on Bass, Eric Heywood and Russ Pahl on Pedalsteel to name a few. I came into the studio with about 6 songs but ended up dropping a couple of them as I became inspired through the recording process. I had to say no to a lot of material because they didn’t fit into the family of songs on the record. We ended up with 11.
What was it like to work with Mike Piersante and how did that relationship develop?
Mike is just a fantastic person and it carries over into the work he does. Mike’s ear and approach are unparalleled and he brings such a positive energy, it’s really contagious. One of the things I love about Mike is that he wants to get it right every time. His dedication and obsession during the mixing process is really refreshing. Mike’s work really has its own voice and that is what really distinguishes him among his peers.
What role does Nashville play in your writing?
Being in this town and having the ability to hear good music any night of the week, keeps the my inspiration wick burning. Also, having fellow songwriters as friends often leads to conversation over a meal and bottle of wine that becomes a cathartic exercise to allow me to write.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
I think my approach always changes when collaborating with others. My producer Matt Williams and I had a lot of back and forth on this record which I think is really healthy and helped refine the project. Having a mutual trust in collaboration allows all parties involved to get outside the city lines of their creativity.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I can’t wait to play these songs live and am still nailing down dates.
Anything on the horizon that we should know about?
I will be playing at Over The Rhine’s festival over Memorial Day Weekend in Ohio so I am looking forward to that. If you are anywhere near there, I would highly recommend it as there will be some great artists there.