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INTERVIEW: Beth // James

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

Great thanks! Things have been really crazy lately.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wasted On Sundays”?

It’s a song inspired by millennial culture. When we go out on tour, we meet up with friends in different cities and are meeting lots of new people. Some people have great jobs, lots of money, cool homes, some are like us – artists, musicians, etc. But everyone essentially wants the same thing – to go out and have fun, go to brunch on Sunday mornings, and look like they’ve got the coolest life on instagram haha. Everyone seems to be putting on the same facade, pretending they know exactly what they’re doing, but we’re really all just winging it.  Trying to figure everything out and create a life we love.

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

We wrote this song after we got some disappointing career news. I guess we wrote it to cheer ourselves up and remind ourselves that everyone is in the same boat at times.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Nope, not this time around.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded our new single, “Wasted On Sundays” at King Electric Studios in Austin with Justin Douglas engineering. We self-produced this one and had a great experience at King Electric! We wanted to use musicians that we knew could get the sound that we were hearing in our heads. We also wanted to use people that we were close with and that we both trusted. Justin Douglas was incredible to work with – he’s the best vocal engineer we’ve ever worked with. It was just fun, good vibes working on this record.

Our writing process is always similar. One of us will come to the other with an idea and we’ll continue the song together until we have something we’re happy with. Mikaela came up with the initial idea and we finished it together.

What role does Austin play in your music?

We absolutely love Austin and are constantly going out to see/hear music. This definitely keeps us inspired to write. It’s really amazing to be able to hear Brian Pounds, Kalu James, and Jaimee Harris anytime in town. Austin has a great music community and the artists that we love and look up to have become our friends.

Slowly but firmly gaining success – does that put any pressure on you or rather the opposite?

No, we don’t feel any type of pressure. We’re just making music and trying to get people to hear it. We don’t like to focus on “success” or some idea of fame and fortune. We enjoy getting to make music together, travel, and share it with the world. We’d like to keep doing that as long as we can.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! We’re working on a new EP that we’re hoping to put out before the year is up. “Wasted on Sundays” will be on it as well as a small collection of songs we wrote in the past year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re still working that all out – you’ll have to follow us to stay in the loop!

Any plans to hit the road?

We go up to the Northwest every Summer for a tour and this year we’ll be going to Montana as well. We’ll be playing around the Texas are hitting up the big cities – Houston, Dallas, and of course, Austin.

What else is happening next in Beth // James’ world?

We’re writing a bunch for our next project. We would love to release a full-length album next year. Again, you can follow us to see what we’re up to!

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