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

Good thanks! Glad to get our single out.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Secret Admirer”?

We wanted to write a fun song which would make people want to get up and dance. We were going go for latin infused funk vibe, like a blend of Michael Jackson and Santana. We also tried to emulate the synth sounds of Plantasia & Jean-Jaques Perrey.

The lyrics are slightly tongue in cheek and are about having guilty pleasures. Its a playful confession of secretly liking something that is deemed ‘uncool’ by most people. You might not publicly admit to liking it but beyond judging eyes, you see it for what it is. Like listening to Coldplay when you are sad…

We self produced the song with some help with the final mix by our friend Guy Gyngell who is great.

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

Not really. It just came out of nowhere really!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have a video coming out soon, which we filmed on a very sunny day with our friend Melvyn Connell. Its a fun video with karaoke style subtitles.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song is a mesh of two ideas we had for songs. It started with the guitar riff and evolved over time into what it is now. We recorded it ourselves with some help with the final mix from our friend Guy Gyngell.

What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

We like the instrumentation and warm analogue sound of recorded music from the time. Plus the flares…

How have Santana and Michael Jackson influenced your music?

We were listening to Thriller a lot during the recording of Secret Admirer. The songs and the arrangements on that album are just incredible and something to aspire to. As for Santana, we are fans of his signature guitar tone and latin vibe so we blended a bit of that into the mix.

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

We have another single recorded which we will release later in the year and we have a bunch of demos which we are working on too. So lots on the way.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We don’t have a date set for the next release yet. And the title is tip top secret I’m afraid.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d like to book a tour but haven’t got plans to at the moment. But we’ll be gigging a lot over the next few months in London and the South.

What else is happening next in Barbudo’s world?

We have a vinyl release coming out later in the year. We aren’t sure exactly what this will be but Secret Admirer will be on there!

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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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