Hi folks, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Very well thanks. And very busy as always. But that’s a good thing.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In The Club”?
‘In the club’ is a twenties inspired fantasy following someone getting caught up in a hedonistic trip and the subsequent downfall and the realization that you’re going nowhere yet there seems no way out.
So we thought it interesting to combine quite an upbeat musical theme inspired by twenties jazz age and ragtime and a rather dark and soul searching vocal of someone not really sure of where she belongs.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I suppose it started at a time when you try to find more reason and meaning in the things you go through in life. And drawing conclusions that a continued escapism and partying throughout the night no longer seems to do the trick.
We took much inspiration from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing and point of view.
The songs on the album are meant to accompany a story that follows the narratology of the hero’s journey which involves a hero who goes on an adventure, overcomes a crisis and returns home transformed. A story that takes place during the course of a night. It starts in early evening as the sun sets and the final stages take place at dawn. So each song corresponds with an act /chapter.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We had originally planned filming a silent era movie clip shot in a twenties nightclub.
That idea became a bit ambitious.
When we recorded the song in the studio we used to playback the track while watching dance routine footage from the twenties which fit really well, so we settled on an idea for a montage of stock footage.
The single comes off your new album Mounaiki – By The Bright of Night – what’s the story behind the title?
Mounaiki is the spirit name of the protagonist of the story, the heroine.
She is the phantom muse of the story, in our imagination, a girl in the ’70’s fantasizing about being a flapper girl and dancer in the ’20’s.
So we follow her adventure as she time travels and questions who she has become and where she belongs.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was like writing music for film at times. When you have a scene, with certain imagery in mind. Then you try to create accompanying music that suits the mood and atmosphere.
It was very refreshing and we got to be more diverse in our songwriting. Taking inspiration from film scores but also looking at different methods of storytelling in song.
What role does the UK play in your music?
We have built up a loyal and enthusiastic following in the UK which means a lot to us. It seems that the audiences there really get what we do.
So that affirmation has really pushed us to keep doing what we do, to keep searching.
Known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing together?
Our goal is always to create some new genre with every song. So all the influences must be there but somehow blended imperceptibly. There’s no method for this but a basic blueprint would be… starting off with a Roots-inspired riff or vocal, add a psychedelic sonic layer and lay it down over a groove.
When you listen, you have to be able to close your eyes and dream while you dance.
What aspect of travelling and earth did you get to explore on this record?
We are inspired by music from all around the world and with every album try to broaden our instrumental pallet. On this record a Chinese lute, called a liquin, has had a prime influence on the sound.
Any plans to hit the road?
The new album is released in October so that’s when we start our European tour including a Uk album launch in London on 13th October followed by other Uk dates in November. After that we head to New Zealand in the new year.
What else is happening next in MY BABY’s world?
We are primarily busy promoting the forthcoming album but we are constantly thinking of new ideas and music. The last track on the latest record is called ‘To be continued’, so you know we have a sequel to the new album on the cards.
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