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INTERVIEW: Hotel Mira

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

-Never better, honestly. How have you been?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Baby?

Baby is a song about making the distinction between loving somebody and taking care of them. I wrote it with Alexis from Youngblood and it is the only song on the New EP with an Ashanti reference.

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

Absolutely. But I hate to think what would happen if I talked publicly about that.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a great time. I love taking polaroids, I love dancing, I love going to thrift store and I love my band mates so honestly I had a great time.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the album after yourself?

Mostly just the practical reason of needing to establish the re-branding and the fact that we were doing a new thing.

How was the recording and writing process?

-Rigorous but so rewarding.

What was it like to work with Dave Schiffman and how did that relationship develop?

– We worked together on the Divorce album and he and I clicked and he became a mentor to me in many ways. Dave is from New Jersey and he has worked with so many juggernauts of music so there is kind of a “no frills, I’m not gonna hold your hand, get to work” aspect to collaborating with him which I actually love. You go the studio you work and you go home exhausted. It’s a great time.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Quite a bit. He made me consider things about songwriting that I never had and really got me out of my comfort zone and always tried to nail home that originality was key and we should just be trying to sound like us.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

Yeah but I would say the other albums are also departures from the previous albums. I always just write whatever is in my heart and it changes from album to album. I never want to do the same thing twice. Go back and listen to Shark Week. Y’know what I mean?

What aspect of love and trauma did you get to explore on this record?

-I guess just how those things live in me and what they mean to me. The EP is extremely autobiographical. I hope some of the feelings and themes are universal but mostly, lyrically, this record was just a word vomit of some shit I was struggling with.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Any minute now.

What else is happening next in Hotel Mira’s world?

A lot of shit I can’t talk about. But trust me we are working very hard behind the scenes and I can safely say I have never been more excited and everything we are about to do is extremely cool.

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