INTERVIEW: Modern Whale

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

Doing well! Thank you for having me!

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

Hi! “Dead Wrong” was inspired by a 1980’s Casio synth and a relationship on a break.

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

Most definitely, but the concept of the song is easily relatable b/c we all experience the evolution of any relationship. Whether a friend, significant other, co worker, the list goes on – we all experience change as time passes.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! And I’m the most excited. This video is dope. The directors are long time friends and I’m so grateful for their talent and inspiration. I’m compelled to mention their names! Raviv Ullman and Flash Lowry.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was easy. I co-wrote “Dead Wrong” w/my long time friend and writing partner Scott Harris(Shawn Mendez, Chainsmokers). Scott and I have written dozens of songs together and it’s just really comfortable.

The recording process on the other hand was more complicated in that I had done the production a few different ways. I actually wrote the song in a higher key and it was initially slower in tempo. I also made a guitar oriented version w/more of a live drum feel but I kept being drawn to the simplicity of the Casio.I even have a version of this song with a Fender Rhodes solo in the bridge!

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

Brooklyn directly plays into my determination to finish songs with the quickness.Inherently NYC is fast paced and I thrive in this scenario.

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

My first instinct response is not really. I always strive to make the vocal the centerpiece and to have the musical and rhythmic ensemble support it.

Following my last question, do the techniques use while producing other artists work for you when working on your own original releases?

Absolutely they do! Generally I’ll become inspired by a plugin or something recording related and use it on a number of things that I’m simultaneously working on. A perfect example would be my buying a cool reverb for something Modern Whale related but then using that same sonic vibe on a project totally different.

What do you borrow from all your past experiences as a backup or session musician?

Definitely an awareness of what everyone is doing alongside one another. It’s important to me that a group of musicians is playing as an ensemble, with each other not against!

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

Yes, currently working on an EP! It will include “Dead Wrong” and 4 new songs!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Spring, 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully in the spring/summer of 2019!

What else is happening next in Modern Whale’s world?

Walking Stella and smiling! Haha.

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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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