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INTERVIEW: Festive People

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

Great! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks gearing up for the release of our album and we can’t believe it’s all finally out there.

Can you talk to us more about your song “In The Black”?

For sure. In The Black was written lyrically from a place of longing. When I look back on the past couple of years, I realize that a lot my internal desire to do big and great things with my life has kind of died down. I feel like that happens in some ways to everyone when they get older. They realize the world isn’t as easy to navigate as they once thought. When I look back ten years to when I was 17, I had all the determination in the world to go out there and make a difference. But after so long, that light inside of me began to fade until it almost disappeared. That’s what this song is about.

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

Honestly, trying to figure out Festive People’s next move led to this song. Figuring out a band’s next step can be discouraging and, at the low points, my own personal desire to keep the project moving waned. It’s funny how that all works out though; feeling that way helped create what would become the title track on the album. Goes to show it’s okay to feel depleted as long as it doesn’t stop you completely.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I think eventually we might. We’ve got a couple cool ideas for one but we’ll see what ends up happening.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

This whole album is about relationships and transitions in life and this song kind of sums all of that up. Each track reflects on different ways life can beat you down and this is the song where this other optimistic part of yourself is like “Hey, get back up. Keep going.”

How was the recording and writing process?

It was honestly the most incredible experience I think any of us has had musically. Our producer, Nate Pyfer, helped us pick out a group of songs that could come together to make an album. We then spent a month and half adjusting and fine tuning each of the songs. When they were ready, we took a bunch of recording gear up to a cabin in remote southern Utah and spent ten days recording it all. For that week and a half every ounce of our collective energies was spent making this record and we honestly couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

What role does Provo play in your writing?

A huge role, to be honest. We each spent formative years living in Provo. Personally, I loved Provo for some reasons (music scene, friends) and hated it for other reasons (driving, dating) and that all found its way into this album. For example, the song Live On is specifically about dating in Provo and how it feels like a conveyor belt. I think that’s about as big of role as a city can have in the writing process aside from describing the infrastructure in great detail- something I’m sure audiences would have loved.

What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

Groove! The 70s was the decade musicians really discovered how to utilize the rhythm section and that’s what we tried to do. Dillon and Brennan have been playing bass and drums together since they were kids. That familiarity along with their individual talents means we have a killer bass/drum combo. Bearing that in mind, along with having parents who exposed me to Earth, Wind, and Fire at a young age, we gave Dillon and Brennan room to groove and they did a remarkable job filling that space.

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

Ranging from the synth grooves of Tame Impala to the story driven lyrics of Andy Shauf, the songs themselves were influenced by a broad spectrum of artists. When it comes to lyrics specifically, I took a cue from Andy Shauf to get more specific in my writing and come from a place of storytelling. For example, Wooden Cage is about a fictional couple seeing a friend’s band play out of pity and perceived obligation. That’s a song I don’t think I could have written before listening to Shauf’s album The Party.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, we’re currently trying to set up a tour.

What else is happening next in Festive People’s world?

Well, we wanna take this album on the road and then start the whole process over again. Writing is something we all love to do and I’m already planting the seeds for our next release.

Hear: https://soundcloud.com/festive-people/sets/fp-lp/s-aCMzW

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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