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INTERVIEW: AMFM

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

Great- thanks!  Everything is great right now…so excited to put out our new EP “Brevity”.  I am really happy with the sound of this record.

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

“This town” is a song that I wrote based on a certain vibe I was feeling reflected more on the music and the production.  The lyrics that came out in that process were focusing around this theme of isolation.  It’s not based on any personal experience, it just felt right at the time.

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

Funny enough I had just played a new acoustic guitar and the song idea came immediately when I was playing it.  I don’t know if it was inspiration, but I’ll give anything credit when a song comes to me that easy.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Abner James (of Eighty Ninety) directed the video and had this idea of the sunset being in view.  We headed to the beach in NJ and had a perfect day with no one around.  We got really lucky because it was raining for days prior to the shoot.  ‘This Town’ song is pretty simple song and the video is too.

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

The EP tracks have themes about isolation, dissatisfaction, and gratitude, which often get masked under daily emotion.  So the idea of how short time is and how quick our lives are moving make it important to stop and examine these sorts of feelings.  In the end it all comes down to being happy.  Maybe just slow the fuck down.

How was the recording and writing process?

When writing is good its great! When it is not coming so easily it’s a horrible feeling… almost like I will never be able to write another song that I actually like ever again.  But there is a secret to hitting that writer’s block (for me)…I just stop and go do something else unrelated to music.  I trust that process.  A guitar teacher of mine once said “life becomes the natural editor of how you play.  You just have to live”.  That resonated with me a lot and took some pressure off.  Inspiration will come.  I love to record here at home and in the studio- it’s the most fun process for me.  The possibilities are endless in the studio if you have a good song.

How have Arcade Fire and Talking Heads influenced your music?

Totally! I listened to a lot of Talking Heads growing up- they were everywhere.  To me David Byrne is pure genius and his expression is so real.  His songs are simple but the performance just knocks you out.  Arcade Fire made a few records that made me want to get back to playing rock stuff. The first time I heard them I became sort of addicted to those early records and then The Suburbs blew me away.

You’re known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing together?

I am always playing jazz when I pick up a guitar at first.  My mind is just there.  I haven’t played any jazz gigs in a while because I’m doing more with AMFM, but we still have sessions.  I think that jazz has influenced my sense of melody in the rock songs that I write for sure.  It’s good to play both genres.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah there will be some NYC shows in the fall/winter.  Next is 11/27 @ Painos.

What else is happening next in AMFM’s world?

I have been writing some new songs and already back in the studio so you can expect more music very soon.

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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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