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INTERVIEW: Folk pop duo Oshima Brothers

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

Sean: Hi! We’ve been really well. Enjoying some shows on the road, and spending time together in the car, but we just took a break to pick fresh strawberries.

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

Sean: It’s so easy to fall for a photo of someone online, and easy to think that that’s a real connection, but sometimes it’s not. Online is a song about how obsessed we are with the internet and our phones, and it’s a request to spend a little time in the real world getting to know someone offline.

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

Sean: Yes and no. A few times now I’ve wanted to get to know someone who has lived a thousand miles away. My heart would jump when I saw them online but we never got to spend enough time together.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Sean: Yes, we are so excited about the video! The video will be out June 29th.

Jamie: It took months to plan out every shot and time all of the cuts. Since we’re making multitrack recordings I wanted to show all of the instruments that we’re playing in a creative way. I spent so much time planning and editing, I’m excited for everyone to see it!

How was the recording and writing process?

Jamie: Sean wrote the lyrics and melody. I edited a few lines and added the guitar riff that leads the song from the chorus back into the verse.

Recording this project took awhile. We record at home in my studio/bedroom and it’s a pretty tiny space. We wanted this song to have a groovy electronic sound, as it is about being on the internet. That meant adding keys and an electronic kick drum to our normal acoustic and electric guitar sound.

What role does Maine play in your writing?

Sean: Maine plays a big role is much of our background and childhood. It comes out in our songs on occasion: the rocky coastline, tall evergreen trees, birds, bonfires, moonlit walks, our family and friends.

How your upbringing has influence your music?

Jamie: Our parents are both musicians and teachers and we grew up surrounded by instruments and songs. Driving to school as children we would sing rounds in the car with our mother. We lived on a dirt road in a small town in Maine and often turned to music for amusement. These days we still love to jam with our parents. Sometimes we have parties where we’ll just sing Beatles songs all night long.

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

Sean: Oh yes most certainly! We’re real psyched about what’s to come.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Sean: Not yet, but we won’t keep you waiting too long.

Any plans to hit the road?

Sean: We’re often on the road, touring New England and beyond. You might see us singing in our new blue band car. We’re hoping to hit a lot of cities this year!

What else is happening next in Oshima Brother’s world?

We’re working away at new songs, we’ll be releasing videos too!

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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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