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

Hi!! Thanks for having us. We’ve been awesome because we’re on tour with the best people – Sofi Tukker and LP Giobbi! It’s a lovefest!

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

“Higher” is our effort to make you feel good and inspire you to dance. We originally started writing it as a letter to Prince after his sudden death. We were shocked by his passing because we thought he’d live forever. The song eventually became a broader message about getting through the difficult times in life and rising up to your highest, truest self.

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

Prince’s death. And my sister’s death a few years back. I didn’t know how I would ever get over that, and I didn’t totally, but I eventually was able to enjoy life again.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

FAST! We knew we wanted to make this type of video for awhile now, but we just so happened to be passing through Arizona where my Aunt Annie lives and has a horse. Our talented director friend Graham Fielder was inspired by the track and made a lot of calls to assemble an amazing Arizona-based crew, led by our DP Aiden Chapparone. With only one day to film, we shot the whole video in eight hours, right up the final sunset shots you see in the vid. I grew up riding horses with my aunts, so having them involved in this was really exciting.

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

It’s one of the songs off the EP, and we felt like “Alive” is how we hope you feel when you’re listening.

How was the recording and writing process?

Really fun and chill. Le Chev and I love each other a lot and we finish each other’s sentences musically. We wrote dozens of songs and these ones just made the most sense to us right now.

How has Prince influenced your music?

I mean, he’s the best musician, most incredible performer, and truly the sexiest person to have ever graced the Earth. He’s always inspiring us and he’s the go-to reference every time we make music.

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

Collaborating with other people is amazing because it’s really a conversation. You never know what you’re going to make even if you go into the studio with a strong idea of what you want to do, and that’s exciting. We actually just got in the studio with our tour-mate LP Giobbi, and we’re really happy and surprised with what came out of it.

What life struggles did you get to explore on this record?

Each of the songs are about a difficult moment either in relation to someone else or yourself, and then dealing with or conquering that situation. We make you emotionally work for the joyous payoff you get in these songs haha! Really for me this EP is about losing something or someone (sometimes yourself like in Mystery Man), and deciding to keep living and having the best time possible.

How has the road been treating you so far?

Oh my god, so fun! It’s our first tour so we’re living it up! We have this thing where we try to stay in as many casinos as possible. The rooms are nicer and they’re basically resorts for the price of a Motel 6 because they know they’re gonna rob you at the tables. Too bad for them we’re WINNERS.

Any highlights?

We’re just did a DJ set for Output in Brooklyn on Friday. This is a dream come true to play the mega club so it’s a huge highlight.

What else is happening next in Crush Club’s world?

We’re about to announce some more live dates so definitely stay tuned! Also some remixes of “We Dance” are coming out this week! Ooooh they are so HOT!

Watch “Higher” Now, Here:

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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