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INTERVIEW: James Houlahan

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

Thank you for having me. I feel fantastic.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Memories of Outer Space”?

Yes! It’s from the new album, The Wheel Still In Spin out on September 21.

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

This is a song I wrote maybe 10 years ago. So reports on its genesis are scattered. Its origin is now shrouded in mystery! I can definitely tell you that this was a song that I wrote without thinking too much about what it means. An eclectic collection of interior voices, distilled into melody. Sometimes I like to write songs like that. And hopefully they are beautiful or useful to someone in some way.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Maybe. I’m working on ideas for videos for several tracks from the new album. Can’t say for sure yet. Stay tuned!

The single comes off your new album The Wheel Still In Spin – what’s the story behind the title?

The title suggests perseverance. Moving forward, no matter what happens. It might also have a double meaning. Sometimes when a wheel is spinning so fast, you can see the spokes, and they appear to not be moving at all. Or they seem to move backwards. So I wanted to also suggest the idea that even in the midst of motion, there can be a kind of stillness.

How was the recording and writing process? Any fun stories from the studio?

The album was recorded at Reseda Ranch Studios in Reseda, CA, with Fernando Perdomo. It was a blast working with Fernando, drummer Danny Frankel, and singer Esther Clark. It was also a particular honor and thrill to have the great Linda Perhacs sing on one of the songs. She is truly an inspiration, a visionary talent!

What role does Los Angeles (or Boston, etc) play in your music?

L.A. has a lot going on. So much music, art, movies. I get inspiration from all kinds of experience. On the flip side, there’s often a fire burning, or sometimes a small earthquake, maybe even a riot. So things also feel like they could fall apart at any minute. It does not get boring.

What were your favorite themes to explore on this record? 

The longer I pursue music, the more I find myself in unexpected places. So it’s a kind of traveling without knowing exactly where you are going. But you still want to enjoy the ride. That’s basically the main theme of the album, if there is one.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’ll be playing a release show for the album at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and then heading to Germany for three weeks of touring. Plans are also in the works to hit the road in the U.S. when I get back from Europe. There is a lot of highway in my future!

What else is happening next in James Houlahan’s world?

I hope to spend some time soon writing, gathering new song ideas. There’s that saying that one should strike while the iron is hot. Well, the iron is pretty damn hot right now. So we’ll see what happens!

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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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