INTERVIEW: Icarus Dive

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

Busy! Our first official single is out and we’ve worked HARD to get to this point. Now we get to share and talk about it with wonderful people such as yourselves.

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

Hydra’s a heavy hitter. We wanted to come out with a bang and get right in people’s faces. Big riffs, big harmonies; get the crowd fired up! The whole thing is a metaphor for our band (the many-headed beast), finding what you were made to do and throwing yourself head first into it, so that seemed like a good place for us to start.

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

I think we were at a point where we’d written our first few songs and played a few gigs and it started to feel like this could really work. I’ve always played music but I went to a bunch of gigs, big ones and local ones, and it really locked in that this is what I wanted to be doing. Finding what you want to do in life is one of the biggest challenges for some people so it’s actually really freeing to be able to have that and put it in front of everything else.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

We have a lyric video out for Hydra right now. It was made by a very talented friend of mine, Lucien De Vivo, and if you haven’t seen it you should go check it out! As far as a more traditional music video, it’s one of the next things on our list to tackle. Whether it ends up being this song, another on the EP or something totally different, we don’t know yet but we want to make something really special. Now that the work is done on this EP, we will definitely start throwing more energy into this.

The single comes off your new EP Among The Thorns – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s about that state we sometimes find ourselves in ; that we feel we are trapped, that we’re being held in place. We may even have the power to move or change, but it hurts. Among the Thorns explores these moments of change; how we control it, how we justify it and the pain and struggles that come with it. Sometimes it’s worth every moment of that pain and sometimes we end up even more tangled than we were before.

How was the recording and writing process?

Song writing in this band is weird. One person might light the initial spark but everyone contributes and every song is the result of a mad tornado of ideas that we eventually tame into something that resembles a song. Sometimes that takes time but it means we can produce something that is more than any one of us could conceive on our own.

As for the recording, it was everything we could have dreamed of. We’ve been working with our producer, Joshua Macrae, for a while refining the tracks and our live show. He’s worked with some amazing bands, including Queen, and he really helped craft the sound of this EP. We’ve all learnt a huge amount and I can’t wait to get in and do it again… after play some shows and have fun with this one, of course!

How Radiohead and Queen has influence your music?

I grew up with Queen. It was one of the first bands I ever saw live in Hyde Park with Paul Rogers and I’ve watched countless hours of Freddie Mercury holding stadiums of people in the palm of his hand. He’s a big influence both vocally and in his presence on stage. They somehow created something that sounded so much bigger than four men.

I think Radiohead’s approach to music is what really interests us. They are not afraid of trying something completely different and always seem to be pushing themselves in new directions, never settling for what’s comfortable.I think that alone is something we can aspire to.

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

For me, the subject matter always has to come from something within. Even if the story is fictional, the emotion needs to be something genuine. If I try to write about something I don’t really feel or believe in, I hit a walll very quickly. With that said, I take inspiration from anything from horror movies and video games to ancient mythology.

Any plans to hit the road?

We will certainly be on the road soon. That’s the best part, right? We’re looking at September/October time but keep an eye on our social channels to hear more on that.

What else is happening next in Icarus Dive’s world?

Well that’s the question we’re all asking right now. The EP is out September 21st and we’re hoping that it’s well received. We feel really good about these tracks but we’re going to be relying on everyone sharing and help us push them as much as possible.

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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