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INTERVIEW: Texas Alt/Rock 4 piece Autumn Walker

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

Wonderful! Busy, but the good kind of busy!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Step Back”?

Step back was one of the first songs written for the record. It’s mainly about reminding yourself to chill out when things are hectic, either through a fond memory or just observing the fact that we create a lot of our own problems in our minds. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but the mind can be the main cause of stress.

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

The song wasn’t inspiring by a specific event, its more or less based on personal realizations.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We actually shot a video for Step Back in NYC a while back and we’ll be releasing it on June 18th

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

The Title daydreamer is the name of one of the songs on the album. It was the last song to be written/recorded and is a little different from the rest of the songs on the album. I thought of ‘Daydreamer’ when thinking about how ignorance is bliss. How some people are content not knowing or thinking about tough subjects and how that is ok, but I expect more from myself.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was amazing. We worked with our good friend Asher Zeitschik who produced and mixed it. He really pushed us to not only get the best sounds we could, but the best performances we could. There were a lot of 12-hour days and sleepless nights but it was worth it in the end and we’re really proud of how the record came out.

What was it like to work with Ted Jensen and how did that relationship develop?

It was very cool! He’s mastered so many great records so we were really excited to be able to have him master Daydreamer. We got linked up with him through our producer Asher who had worked with him in the past.

How much did he get to influence the album?

I think his influence came more from the records he’s mastered in the past so we knew that we were in good hands when we were figuring out who should master the album.

What role does Texas play in your writing?

The individualistic mentality of Texas seems to always show its face in my lyrics. To me Texas is vast yet unique. Kind of similar to my lyrical content. Texas is awesome.

How Rancid and Pavement has influence your music?

Rancid and Pavement have been some of our favorite bands growing up and I think their general “rawness” helped to influence how the songs were written. Not necessarily sonically but definitely stylistically.

What internal struggles did you get to explore on this record?

Mostly realizing mental barriers and figuring out how to keep them at bay. Using logic to escape the logical mind. Getting rid of worries of judgement from others and just writing what I feel.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we’re in the process of planning out a summer tour.

What else is happening next in Autumn Walker’s world?

Besides touring, releasing the rest of the album and more music videos!

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