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INTERVIEW: Beta Camp

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

Hey, thanks for having us! We’ve been doing well! Super busy. This past year has been amazing but has also presented some challenges for us. It’s given us an opportunity to work even harder and to be more creative. Because of that, we’ve done a few things for the first time. Most recently, we worked with Corey Boland who directed our first official music video which included a treatment and actors which was very new to us. We also partnered up with a press team to support the release of the video and really focused on reaching some new audiences. We’re really excited to keep creating more content to be released over the next few months.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Devil On My Shoulder”?

Devil on my Shoulder is one of our favorite songs we’ve written. We wrote it just as we were about to enter the studio for our first album. It was the first time we’d created something really dark as a band.

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

For the whole album, we were working around a theme of personal growth. We wrote this song to show the inner demons we all have to deal with in order for growth to happen. We thought it was a cool idea to personify the negative things in our lives; it vilifies them, rather than to just let them be a part of who we are.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Creating the video was a blast. When we approached Corey we threw some pretty obscure ideas at him for what we wanted to convey with the visuals. He was really into it. He worked with us for a few months to organize the shoot and really breathed life into the concept.

Two of our good friends Monica and Remus were willing to work with us on the video but had no acting experience whatsoever. When they showed up to the shoot they hardly knew what they would be doing. Corey pretty much took the lead and started rolling, he made it really easy for them and they picked up on his instructions right away.

We shot the full band scenes in some woods behind Corey’s house right before dusk. It was freezing outside so between takes we were warming our hands and trying not to stiffen up too much.

Corey then took Hunter, Monica and Remus out in downtown Dearborn and filmed the remaining night shots. This included Remus walking and laying in traffic which was a little chaotic but we were thrilled with how it turned out.

Corey made it really simple and enjoyable for us. Because we were able to sit and talk beforehand and come up with a collective idea, it made for a really easy shoot that only took a few hours.

How was the recording and writing process?

Making the record was really cool. Getting to work with one of our favorite musicians (Ace Enders of The Early November) was surreal. We’d basically work 9-5 each day and then some, pushing ourselves to be creative outside our comfort zone. It was very collaborative, like having a fifth member of the band sometimes. He was super hands-on, but still made sure the songs, an album as a whole, took a direction that we loved.

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

The single is actually off our debut album Violent Honey that was released in September of 2017. We released a lyric video for the single when the album was released. We had a specific vision for the official video though, so it was just released on May 15th. As far as new material, yes! We’re writing and creating every day with plans for some new content in 2018. That’s about all we can say at this point 😉

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Right now we’re very focused on creating visual content to be released this summer and fall. Future release dates for new music haven’t been finalized yet.

Will you keep diving into rather dark themes as with this song?

We’re not sure! We’re always excited to write about things we wouldn’t typically talk about otherwise. We think there’s a lot more songs to be written about hope and love. So we’ll probably focus on that too.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Dates aren’t locked yet but we have plans to hit some new markets in the fall. We’re primarily focused on reaching new cities in Michigan but have some longer term plans to to hit other areas in the midwest.

What else is happening next in Beta Camp’s world?

The official details aren’t announced yet, but we’re getting ready for our next headlining show with some of our favorite local musicians and friends. The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI – Friday, August 3rd! Other than that we’re focusing on visual content, new merchandise, and deciding which cities to hit in the fall.

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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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