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INTERVIEW: Knapsack

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

Terrific, thank you for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Headache”?

I wrote Headache back in the spring, it was more of a vibe than anything. I was really experimenting with vocals as the main focus of the song. I ended up being really happy with how it turned out and it kind of set the tone for the direction of the EP. However throughout the writing process, the song became more and more personal with time.

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

I wouldn’t say so for this song, I was just writing super simple lyrics to kind of fit with the floaty spacey vibe. I would even go as far as to say some of the lyrics don’t even make sense, but it all just kind of fits together in the perfect way. As the process of writing the EP unfolded, Headache began to reveal a darker feeling among the other tracks. I love it, it’s one of my favorite things I’ve done.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not anymore, but funny you ask! Some friends of mine and I attempted to write and shoot a video in a day. It didn’t come together in the way that we wanted it to, though. That being said, learning how to do music videos, and just more visuals in general is high on the priority list for the near future. Please do be on the lookout!

The single comes off your new EP futura – what’s the story behind the title?

Futura is the name of the gorgeous typeface that I use when I do text on my covers. I fell in love with the font some time ago, but I noticed it in a lot of my influences. The cover of the EP is a photograph of a small pocket notebook that most of the project was planned in over time. I took the photo and made the cover when I was on a ship in the Baltic Sea, without internet. The notebook is from a brand called Field Notes, that sources all their materials and production in Illinois, where I’m from. This ended up working in tandem with the ideas the project is trying to explore, which have a lot of themes having to do with the future. I decided to stylize the title in lowercase because something about it felt right. It made the aesthetic of the project feel a bit more meek, and I thought that feeling fit.

How was the recording and writing process?

This project was quite difficult to complete. I loved each of these songs when I was working on them, but all of them had periods in which I couldn’t stand to hear them. This EP was the first thing that I knew had to flow and complete some sort of narrative. That pressure slowed the process down a lot. I think it took 6 months to make this.

What aspect of the future did you get to explore on this record?

That’s a really excellent question! This question that I was asking while working on this project was “How should I expect to be different, if I have made very little effort to change?” I was confused about what the differences were between my present and my perceived future, and the pressure surrounding that confusion, especially for a person my age.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet! But it certainly is a long term goal of mine. I would love to perform alongside an artist on a tour in the future.

What else is happening next in Knapsack’s world?

A lot, I hope! There’s plenty to plan, but we’re hoping to elevate the project to a new level in the coming months.

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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