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INTERVIEW: Soham De

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

Hey! I’ve ben great thanks!

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

I wrote ‘Confession’ in winter and just being locked in the moment – I had to write it. It was one of songs where everything just came together and really felt right. To take it into the studio after half a year and really let the song develop organically and breathe felt really special.

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

Not really. For me, songwriting is about emotion and getting something out and that doesn’t necessarily limit it to writing about experiences. Confession was really a picture in my head and an emotion I felt which I pursued till it was done.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great, we worked with an excellent filmmaker called Raja Virdi who came in and just filmed a live performance. It was his idea to film everything in one, long continuous take and I think it works so well – a song can tell a story and having one take really helps keep the immersion.

The single comes off your new album The Next Nowhere – what’s the story behind the title?

I was just thinking of titles and this one came to mind after a while and didn’t budge. I didn’t really question why I was thinking ‘The Next Nowhere’ but that’s always been my approach to these sorts of things – if it came from me out of nowhere, there must be a reason for that. I often learn in time what that reason is and for the Next Nowhere, I think of ‘Nowhere’ as a place or a feeling or just something that doesn’t have any meaning for you till you start to give it a feeling. Take my guitar for example – it goes with me wherever I go and I express my deepest emotions on it, as a result of that this guitar really means a lot to me due to those experiences we shared that started from a sort of ‘Nowhere’.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was goods thanks, lovely to let the songs come out and breathe organically.

What role does the UK play in your music?

I don’t really see the UK as such playing a role, it’s all about the people that listen and come to the shows wherever they’re from or where ever I am. Performing for me is to connect with people through music and that’s what I focus on – the connection, the feeling and the power a strong, raw performance can have with people anywhere.

How your upbringing has influence your writing? (How has your upbringing influenced your writing?)

I’ve always loved listening to music and I’ve been writing since I was a child, it seems like that has kept growing and I’m really grateful it has, there’s so much amazing music out there and music that hits me, I guess I’ve wanted to write and perform music like that, nothing else really makes sense to do.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

You can find inspiration form anything with an open mind I think, music’s obviously a great way to start but films, scraps of memories from years ago or even small things you notice as you go about your day. I just sort of write and question why I wrote it later, just believeing that there’s a reason for it that allows me to express myself.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m actually on the road right now! I have been for nearly two weeks supporting The Pierce Brothers in Europe which has been an amazing experience, it’s been amazing to play to such respectful audiences and people have been really lovely after shows too. The Pierce Brothers are absolutely amazing, it’s an honour to support them, one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen.

What else is happening next in Soham De’s world?

Writing, releasing music and performing, in any order really! I’m so excited to finally release this EP and new music in the new year with lots of writing going on currently, I’m also doing a headline show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on February 28th and the iconic Paradiso in The Netherlands on the 3rd March, I can’t wait!

Check out his video for “Confession”: https://vimeo.com/280890314/a7eeb0b56c

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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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