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

Doing great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reverse”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Reverse was the last song written in the previous Ten Ten Publishing Office building in Music Row where so many hits have been written. Myself, Ronell Coburn and Bryan Tewell were determined to make this a soul-jerker as at that time so much was going on. When we thought of the hook a poster of the Beatles fell off the wall so we took that as a sign and it led us to the whole falling imagery thing.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes we just shot the music video with Elisabeth Donaldson here in Nashville so we can’t wait to show that to you as soon as it’s out!

The single comes off your new album High Wire, what’s the story behind the title?

High Wire the title track sums it up best with the opening line, “Is the answer up in the sky?” There have been so many coincidences when it comes to people and opportunities, here in Nashville, that it’s hard to believe there isn’t something up there tying it all together. The journey of getting here was by not a smooth one by any stretch of the imagination and it took a lot to hang in there and trust that it was all going to work out. I was stuck in the UK for 5 months unable to enter the country because my visa process got held up and there was nothing I could do, my hands were completely tied. Plus all the money I’d spent on flights and visa fees was lost so I was nearly out of the game completely! But I thought if I can just see this through and be patient, that amazing things were going to happen in Nashville. Thankfully my managers and publishers stepped forwards and pushed doors to get me and as soon as I got here that’s when amazing things started to happen! I’ve been writing more songs than I’ve ever written in my life with great writers like Desmond Child (Livin On A Prayer, Dude Looks Like A Lady), Roger Cook (Long Woman In A Black Dress, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing) and jammed with Jo Brown who even had the Beatles open up for him back in the day! High Wire definitely captures those difficult emotions of moving here whilst taking it all in and thinking wow this is an exciting journey! “I won’t look down the ground it far away, coz I walk the high wire everyday.”

How was the recording and writing process?

Anne Marie and High Wire we’re both co-written with Lincoln and I felt like him and I tapped into a great space for this EP which blended a lot of my British influences with his American ones. Lincoln has a dream guitar collection and it was so inspiring to work with him and dial in the tones for the record. It definitely opened me up to a bunch of new ideas and helped shape me as an artist.

What was it like to work with Lincoln Parish and how did that relationship develop?

My management hooked me up with Lincoln and we discussed the possibility of working together over a curry, which I always find the best way of discussing anything!! We started talking about our favorite bands and also had a lot in common because Cage The Elephant lived in London for a couple of years so he knows how rainy and depressing it can get there too! So we were chatting about the British music scene a lot and the festivals there so it was great to meet someone who completely gets where I’m coming from.

How much did he get to influence the album?

We went through about 50 different potential songs with him. Some were co-writes, but most of them were ones I’d written and from that list we selected 6 that he and I both felt were a good fit for this record. As Lincoln produced it he definitely influenced the sound a lot because he was in the driving seat of steering the tones and sounds we used. 

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Nashville has been the best thing ever for my writing. Everybody writes here and they say there’s something in the water that churns out hit songs here!! I’ve been privileged to write with so many great writers here such as Desmond Child (Livin On A Prayer, Bon Jovi) and Roger Cook (Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, The Hollies) and I feel my writing has improved so much here from doing it every day.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Moving from the UK to the States was an exciting move and a dream come true so a lot of the lyrics are mapping out some of those feelings, particularly High Wire and Deep End. Got It Together, Reverse and Anne Marie are all songs about relationships which is another big inspiration for my writing. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We have irons in fires at the moment with our debut US tour. 

What else is happening next in LUCAS’ world?

We are already onto mixing our next record! We recorded 10 more songs at Black Bird Studios with John McBride and we’re all super excited about how these new songs are sounding!

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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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