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INTERVIEW: Ferentz and the Felons

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

I am well at the moment, keeping busy as always.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hudson County”?

Of course! Hudson County is doing extremely well, and I’m honestly proud for the first time as a musician. This band and this upcoming EP is my proudest work to date. Can’t wait to share this with everyone.

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

There’s not one event, more of a series of events that occurred in my life that helped shape this track and the upcoming EP. My life seems to feel a lot like the lives of my friends that I grew up with. Parents battling addiction, father absent, evictions, welfare, drugs, crime, violence, I mean we were all exposed to these things at such a young age so it only felt right to create a piece of art that spoke for everyone from my neighborhood. And this isn’t only for the people in my hood, but hoods all over the world. This is just my story about growing up in what I like to call “Urban America” and I hope to inspire the youngsters coming up that there is a way out of that mindset.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was awesome! Joe Cassidy and his wife Susy Alferez of 1993 Film Co. worked directly with me on every step and it made the process super easy. Joe and his wife are probably 2 of the nicest people I’ve ever met on this planet and I’ll be working with them again in the near future. The experience was real, it felt like I was just walking through the neighborhoods I’ve lived in, and nearly died in as well. I was honestly happy to get both of my parents together to be in the video, through all the hard times we’ve had I feel like the video and song brought us that much closer together.

Why naming the record after this particular song?

Its home base, plain and simple. Hudson County is this small little area right across the river from the biggest city in the world, New York City. It’s such a strange place, and its where this story all begins.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process all started in my room. Just myself and my Martin acoustic. It was back to the basics, writing good, pure rock and roll songs. As far as the recording process went it was awesome as well, the entire EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the amazing Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, NJ. The record was done by Tim Pannella who is an amazing engineer.

What role does Hudson County play in your writing?

Its part of my genetic makeup lol. Its what made me who I am today, so it plays a huge roll in my entire life. It has taught me to never be a sucker, always stay true and loyal to your friends and family, and to be prepared for lifes sucker punch at anytime. Its a hard knock place, and thats what ill always love about it.

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

Everything from my feelings toward my family, the streets I ran on, the girl love, and the war with myself. Like I said, Hudson County is not just a hometown, its part of my DNA.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have some cool shows coming up, especially our hometown record release show at FM Bar in Jersey City, NJ on June 29th, but the rest are not announced yet. Be prepared to see us on some East Coast dates this year. As for really hitting the road, I think 2019 will see more of that from us, we have a lot of local ground to hit first.

What else is happening next in Ferenetz and the Felons’  world?

The EP is due out July 13th, we have some cool shows lined up for the summer, gonna be hitting the studio again this fall, all in all i feel the best way to keep up is to follow us on all of our social media accounts, we’re really active there.

I would also like to thank everyone who has checked us out and showed us support, it is the most amazing feeling to know that people care for what we are doing. Peace and Love to you all. See you soon!

Watch “Hudson County:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJV7UMJqIS4

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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