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INTERVIEW: outsideOUTSIDE

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

Great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “almostDEAD feat. Yung Bans”?

almostDEAD is special to us because it was sort of a shift in our sound and we found a lot of new fusions it sounds through working on this record which has brought us into a new creative place for making the EP.

We were lucky to hook up with one of our favorite rappers Yung Bans and he absolutely destroyed it and added a whole new quality and vibe to the song.

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

No specific event inspired the song, more of a mindset. We found ourselves in this place dealing with a lot of personal mental health issues and relationship issues where the mental weight on our shoulders was getting to be more than we could handle, putting us in this “almostDEAD” state where we could literally feel ourselves getting away from the people we used to be and losing ourselves, writing this song was a way to fix that.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There’s been a lot of talk and ideas for a video, we’re currently coordinating with Bans on when and where to shoot.

The single comes off your new album Hell With My Friends – what’s the story behind the title?

Hell with my friends is the metaphor for the world we have been living in, and it’s the contrast between the beauty and the pain in it. It’s our representation of the constant ups and downs, knowing you can’t have the highs without the lows.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process is extremely fun for us and definitely our favorite part of the whole thing. We do it all ourselves out of our home studio. Kali produces and we write everything together so we always have fun with it.

What role does LA play in your writing?

LA indirectly has played a massive role. What we write about is usually a little more personal than just the city we live in but LA is a jungle and definitely contributed to the pre-existing madness.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

No we don’t purposefully take a different approach but when it’s the outsideoutside sound and just us, it has its own vibe and unique context and will always come out a little differently.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

Nine inch nails, My chemical romance, Blink 182, Brand New, Marilyn Manson, From first to Last, X, Travis Scott, Linkin Park, Danny Elfman, Nothing Nowhere.

What aspects of life did you get to explore on this record?

Lol all the best ones…depression, anxiety, love, heartbreak, addiction…you know all that good stuff.

Any plans to hit the road?

Abso-fucking-lutely.

What else is happening next in outsideOUTSIDE’s world?

Right now we are insanely stoked to be releasing our first body of work, we’ve never been more proud of anything and we can’t wait to be able to tell our full story in something more than just a single. From there, the sky is the limit. We are looking forward to national tours and whatever else may come, we can’t wait to meet all of the outsiders that are already out there.

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