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INTERVIEW: Idle Bloom

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

Busy as ever!

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

Seeping In was written in response to the election in 2016. We had just left for a tour two days after Trump was elected. It was doomy and gloomy out there to say the least. We saw everyone in our community feeling so defeated and of course we were too. This song reflects this weird feeling of solidarity with a grain of hopelessness. Money is power and for those of us who’s currency is community, we’re at a disadvantage and often left feeling powerless. Like, who knows if it’ll work but we’ll try.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have some ideas for a few videos as a kind of movie since so many of these songs tell different parts of the same story but we’ll see. Not till 2019!

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

Flooding the dial is like screaming into the void. Trying to get your point across or to your needs met and your voice heard. There’s been a lot of that in my life personally for the past few years and of course politically. I feel that socially as a woman and a feminist as well.

How was the recording and writing process?

This writing process was done with a lot more direct intention that our past releases. We got together in a few separate chunks of time over 2017 instead of say weekly writing sessions because we’re all so busy. I think we got much better results because we were so focused.

Recording was a similar thing, we took 5 days to record with our friend Ben McLeod (All Them Witches) who produced it. We really clicked with him when we toured with the band in early 2017. We agreed that wanted to make something simple that showcased our live sound but also wanted to have fun with it! And we definitely accomplished that!

What role does Nashville play in your music?

At first Nashville was just a cheap place to live for me. I was drawn here after visiting randomly and fell in with a great scene of artists who were also living here because it was affordable with amazing access to great gear, practice/living space and studios. It really has been a dream. Lately it’s grown so much that you have to work more to live because the cost of living is so much higher. I definitely see an impact on the artists output, ability to tour and also gathering spaces (DIY venues, house shows etc).

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

I have always written from a personal place so really I just write how I feel or how my environment is making me feel. Politics seem unavoidable at the moment so that’s why the album turned out more politically driven than in the past. I grew up listening to folk music and at the core of a folk song is a good story or message. I think that my songwriting reflects that.

Any plans to hit the road?

We just got back from tour and plan to do a lot of one off regional dates for the rest of the year and maybe write some more since it’s almost dead time in the music industry (aka the holidays). We’re planning to go to the west coast again in the spring and then who knows!

What else is happening next in Idle Bloom’s world?

We started a record label, Budding Romance Records, to put out this record as well as local buds Peachy (new EP Squirt is out now!!) and hope to put more stuff out for others and ourselves in 2019!

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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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