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INTERVIEW: Rebecca Haviland

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

I’m doing great- in the middle of our Late Night Drive tour.  We also just finished taping for PBS at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where Elvis and Howlin Wolf recorded!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You and I”?

You and I is a song about anyone who has ever loved and lost.  We just released a really special music video for the song, featuring choreography by the amazing Whitney Bowley and dancer Kristina Dejardin.  It’s available on youtube, facebook and our website.

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

Yes- I was inspired by my grandparents.  They had been married for 60 years.  Both of them were musicians, my grandmother a pianist and my grandfather a drummer.  They played in bands together.  So growing up, I was constantly surrounded by music thanks to them.  They have also always been a constant source of inspiration to me in their endless love and commitment to each other.  The song was inspired by my grandfather’s passing, and the different emotions and reflections my grandmother went through after his death.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We had such a great time- the video was filmed at Plan Bee Brewery in upstate New York.  They have a beautiful loft space with tons of vintage instruments in it.  We filmed the video in 4 hours.  Whitney and Kristina did such an amazing job with the dancing, especially on the uneven barn loft floor!

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

Bright City Lights is inspired by the city where I’m born, but can also be any city in the world, as long as it’s a place that represents bright positive thoughts and hope for change.

How was the recording and writing process?

The record was tracked in a week at Atomic Sound in Red Hook Brooklyn, NY.  The band and I like to record everything together in the same room.  So it was important to find a space that could accommodate us.  Atomic had a large live room, lots of vintage drum kits and amplifiers, and tape machines! We were so lucky to have the option to record the entire record to tape, which gives it such a warm sound.  The vocals were the only overdubs, and were tracked at my producer’s studio in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

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

I tend to start the writing process the same way with others as I do when I’m alone, which is usually with a melody and chord idea. But I do find that it’s important to come to the table with a few ideas and a back catalog of options just to really help expedite the process.

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

For this record I was inspired by my love of travel and also being a woman in the world in 2018.  I’ve spent a lot of time touring and getting to visit other places, missing family functions, missing friends, and also seeing how other people live in our world.  It was cathartic for me to involve some of those topics in the lyrical aspect of these songs.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are currently on our summer run called the Late Night Drive Tour, playing shows in Nashville, Memphis, Asheville, NYC, and upstate New York.

What else is happening next in Rebecca Haviland’s world?

We will be releasing some new music in the fall and are in the process of planning our next tour.  We also tracked a live album in Memphis at Sun Studio and will be releasing that in early 2019.  Be sure to head over to www.rebeccahaviland.com for all the latest info on our shows and new music.

Watch “You and I” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj09vWHqMuI&feature=youtu.be

Find Rebecca on Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/pg/RebeccaHavilandAndWhiskeyHeart/

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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