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INTERVIEW: Celestal

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

Hi VENTS, everything is going well. The sun is shining and my music is being played on more and more. What more can I ask for?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Old School Romance”?

It’s a title that fits me so swell – a mix of dance pop, melancholy, a gimmick of guitar and a simple melody that can touch anybody for it is filled with all kinds of emotions. The title comes from Nashville influences, the city of Rachel Pearl, the singers hometown. Moscow is also an influence, being the guitarist’ hometown. Of course, Paris was a huge influence, being where I produced the song.  Each of us brought our own emotions and our own experiences to create this song. The song is unique being filled with a mix of influences and a soft touch. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have produced two videos for the track, for there are two versions of the song. The first video is for the slower version, produced by Pedro Podesta, international photographer who works for Dior, Chanel and many others…who has brought Fanny Sage along for the ride! The second video is for the remix version, more of a dance pop vibe that also includes Fanny Sage. She is up and coming in the dance world and is the ambassador for Chanel Numéro 5 and Coco Mademoiselle. The clip is somewhat magical, produced by Bastien Sable, a producer widely known in France.

How was the recording and writing process?

As I was saying, the track symbolizes Rachel’s hard work that brought melody, lyrics and Grynn’s Spanish guitar sounds but the production wasn’t there yet. We got in touch and I offered to redo the track with my feel, my inspirations. I have taken a true pleasure to work on the track and have created two versions of the track for everyone to enjoy and listen to.

What role does the France play in your writing?

The French culture has such a rich history that I’ve always been inspired by it. In “Old School Romance”, it’s Rachel voice that really made the track and what made what I like from my country stand out. Her sensual voice, sounding oh so chic, simple yet sophisticated, it automatically makes me think of haute couture, electro chill influences yet not vulgar that you could dance hours too. But this track isn’t just a French Touch anthem, it’s a world anthem with a Russian guitarist that plays the guitar with Hispanic melodies, an American singer with my French production influences!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Yes and no, I’m always thinking about new things, always drafting in my head and it’s more and more precise as time goes on, as you go into the studio and actually work on the track too. Between the collaborations and everything that goes with it, I’m always going back to my first draft that can at any time vary between who I meet and that’s what makes it special and gives it that creative touch.

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

I’m in the middle of working on multiple singles at a time. Rachel is coming back and I’m preparing another song with another vocal style, a little more rock with a fun twist, it talks about how love can save one’s life.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet, we’re working on “Old School Romance” right now. It came with a lot of remixes and there are more to come that will make you want to dance even more. The rest is now more for the end of the year. The track is to be released in a lot of different countries.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes mainly for promo, I have a couple gigs internationally in the upcoming weeks but I’m mainly going to be in the studio to work on new singles. My schedule is pretty booked.

What else is happening next in Celestal’s world?

Celestal’s world just keeps getting bigger and I’m remixing for a lot of different artists. I am going to continue to associate my celestial universe where one looks up at the sky and the stars and at the same time keeps on walking and giving people joy and life throughout my music.

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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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