INTERVIEW: Sean Bradford

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

Yeah I’ve been good. Working on new music and starting to play more live concerts which has been my dream.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lights Go On”?

This song is both a celebration of those moments with friends that seem to last forever and that leave us renewed – and it’s partially a celebration of overcoming self-doubt and fear.

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

Not one, but I have quite a few of those moments that have stayed with me because they still  feel really special. Nights in New York City with friends who are family. Dancing on the floor of Panorama Bar in Berlin when the sun beams through the room. Watching the sunrise in Sweden during the summer surrounded by nature.

The part of coming self-doubt and fear also deals with my decision to not let my own anxiety and seasonal depression get in my path to happiness.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Actually we have been shooting something very special in the Stockholm area. It’s more of a visualizer but it’s going to really give the song another life.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process was almost two years. I started the songwriting based off of another track that was being made, but it didn’t seem to work. I sent the vocals to Claremont who I had just started working with (just to see what they would make) and they sent back this idea which felt a bit explosive in terms of the synth hook. So we went back and forth with that.

The vocals – I recorded all of them by myself in my bedroom in Berlin. And then I worked back and forth with the mixing engineer Aneek Thapar based in London, until we got a great mix.

What was it like to work with Claremont and what did he brought up to the table?

Claremont are great. They’re from a small town in the south of Germany, and it gives them a very friendly quality that makes it easy to work with. We just were in the studio for the first time a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring to bounce ideas back and forth with people who have such vast music knowledge. They created the instrumental productions for “Lights Go On.”

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

It depends. I try to be open because as as singer I can have strong melodic ideas from the jump. I also try to contribute at the initial production phases and then work with people who I feel confident to keep building the idea and crafting the production. I guess if anything I just try to take a bit of a back seat when it’s a collaboration so that more than one idea can be heard. When you work along there’s now other voices chiming in.

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

Yes! We are close but I don’t want to say too much. But I’m excited to share. I think the singles that have been coming the last year will finally make more sense when tied to a larger project.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

Yeah we will wait. Also want to hear in my upcoming concerts what people want next.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. I’m playing a concert in Stockholm for the release and then a show in NYC July 1st and some other dates in formation. But I’m looking to play many more shows. The stage is where I come alive.

What else is happening next in Sean Bradford’s world?

Next is the visual for Lights Go On then the NYC show –  and planning some surprises and tour dates for the fall. And I’m djing all summer in Sweden so pulling tracks!

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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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