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INTERVIEW: Origami Crane

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

We’re doing great! We’re so excited to be chatting with you.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Turn Around”?

It’s definitely a summer tune. It’s energetic and fun, like Prince meets Maroon 5 and Calvin Harris. It is, at its heart, a song to dance to or blast while driving.

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

Actually it has a funny story. When we first moved to NYC in July of last year, right before we launched the band, we all went to a concert together and Jake met a very beautiful girl. It started with the two of them making eyes at each other, and later talking for a few hours. They totally hit it off, but Jake walked away without asking for her number. So when he returned, we (Noah and Max) told him he had to go back and ask her out, that now in this new chapter of our lives in NYC we can’t let opportunities pass us by. Jake bravely ran back, found her and promptly got rejected. But the point is, he tried, and that’s what this song is about.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re planning to film a live acoustic video of the song on a super cool rooftop in the Lower East Side of NYC. We’re excited for you to see it!

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote this song in classic OC fashion, in about a day. Jake had the idea for the music originally on guitar and Noah drafted the lyrics. Then Jake wrote the melody and together we arranged it and tightened it up. Although it was written in a day, it took weeks to choose all the right sounds. The song existed in a few different forms and even keys and after playing it live a few times we felt we had finally honed in on the sound we wanted.

The recording process was a dream. We tracked the song at Quad Recording Studios in Times Square, standing in the same rooms and recording booths as many artists we look up to such as Coldplay, John Mayer, Beyoncé, Sam Smith… the list goes on!

What was it like to work with Brent Kolatalo and Arthur Indrikovs?

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Both are true professionals, fantastic at what they do and were super easy to work with.

How much influence did they have on the song?

Brent, in a matter of one listen, totally understood our vision and offered great ideas. He mixed the tune to perfection, picked all the delays and reverbs and added the nuance that took our song to a new level.

Art is the reason the song is bumpin’ and crisp. He made it radio ready, and made sure it sounds great on all devices, speakers, etc…

How did your studies on Berklee influence you guys individually and the band itself?

Berklee gave us all the tools we need to have an idea and bring it fully to fruition, without being held back in any way. Being surrounded by such amazing musicians in that kind of intense environment pushes a musician to grow. More than anything, Berklee introduced us to each other- even though Noah and Max grew up a few miles away from each other in Denver- we met in Boston and that forever changed the course of our musical paths.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material? How’s that coming along?

Absolutely- 100%! We have two more singles coming at you soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single is called “Like A Flame” and it will be out in late September. After that will be “SQ 1” to be released in October.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got a big show at The Bitter End on September 21st to premiere “Like A Flame”. After that we’re talking about plans to hit the road, however it isn’t set in stone yet- so stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Origami Crane’s world?

We’re still an independent band and we do everything on our own. We’re now at a place in our career where we’re looking to expand our team. For us the coming months are all about releasing these songs, spreading the word as far and loudly as we can, and finding the right people to help take Origami Crane to new heights.

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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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