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INTERVIEW: Added Color

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

Thank you! We’ve been great. Excited about our recent EP release. We just played a great EP release show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this past Saturday. Lots of shows coming up also, so all is good.

Can you talk to us more about your first single “Same Place”?

“Same Place” is about how people get more fake and robotic as they get older. The song is narrated like a dystopian dream but is meant to reflect the reality we live in. The composition is a slow groove with trippy instrumentals, which contributes to that dreamy feel.

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

No event in particular. It is more of a reflection of a time period we are going through in our lives. You go through phases in life where friendships can be so pure and real, and all of a sudden some people start changing around you for all sorts of reasons. It can be a little surreal but is also good to know who your real friends are.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video for “Same Place”?

The video is a documentary style music video of our first tour in Morocco last year. The experience was incredible. We were in a brand new place and connecting with new fans. We were so welcome there that we were invited back this year. Morocco is beautiful and so culturally rich. It was also great that the video was shot by our great friend and director Patrick Caracas who went with us.

The single comes off your new album Mr. Industry – what’s the story behind the title?

Mr. Industry is a personification of the music industry in its current state. The character behind Mr. Industry can be a manager, booker, or any kind of executive that doesn’t care about art or music, and only cares about numbers. Mr. Industry always wants bands to sound like other bands so they can be more easily packaged and grouped together with other acts. He’s exactly what we stand against.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded drums and vocals at the band Gojira’s studio with Jamie Uertz (Blind Melon) and Johann Meyer (Gojira/Roadrunner Records) in Brooklyn. It was great working with those dudes. We did bass and guitars in Kiko and Dan’s living room through a Kemper profiler and with the engineer that ended up mixing the album, Fadel Dabien.

Writing happened over a long period of time. We worked out of our rehearsal space in Bushwick, and wrote around 20 songs. We tested all the songs out live and based on the reaction we were getting and how good we continued to feel about each song, we selected the five songs that ended up making the EP.

How has your blend of different cultural backgrounds shaped your music?

I think there’s always going to be influence from where you come in your art. Inspiration can come in many different ways. Kiko and I (Dan) grew up in Brazil, so rhythmically I’m sure there’s influence from being around Carnaval every year, and samba all the time. Brazilian rhythm is very powerful and groovy.

What aspect of the industry did you get to explore on this record?

We got to work with some incredible people, and that was a growing experience for all of us.

You just returned from Morocco, and have a string of eastern U.S. tour dates about to kick off – what’s the best part of being on the road? How would you describe an Added Color show to a new fan?

The show is energetic and great to rock out/dance to. We’ve been told by many fans that our show provides a situation where they can just express themselves and feel free, and that is exactly what we try to create.

The best part of being on the road is the constant adventure and mystery. You really never know what to expect.

What else is happening next in Added Color’s world?

After our summer tour, there’s a chance we’ll be touring in Brazil. Really hope that works out. We’re constantly writing so when the time feels right, we’ll start demoing our next EP.

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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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