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

Thanks for having us! We have been fantastic, thank you. Excited to chat with you guys. 

2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Bury Me Low”?

“Bury Me Low” is all about fighting even when you feel hopeless. We wrote it to say that even in the times when you are having your darkest thoughts, you have to find the strength to push on. The idea of the song is that the battles I have faced with depression have made me strong. Sometimes I feel like even if I were dead and buried, I’m so used to fighting that I’d crawl right back out of the ground to keep going. So while it talks about being down, it ultimately celebrates the fight in all of us, and how strong we can be, even at our lowest point.

3. Did any particular event inspire you to write this song?

I had just been going through a rough time. Not many things were going right for me, and I found myself deep in a rut. I had allowed my depression to get on top of me a little bit, and was really wallowing. I talked to Nick about what was going on in my head, and he urged me on and let me know he was there for me. Finally I decided that I just had to get myself out of it, and that no matter how awful I felt at the moment, it was time to fight back, just as I always had. “Bury Me Low” is about the spirit of that moment. Not giving up and pushing on. 

4. Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually have talked to a few people about doing one. Whether or not it will happen is still up in the air, but we have a pretty dope idea, so I’m hoping we can push to get it done. 

5. The single comes off your upcoming album Black – what is the story behind the title?

So, Black is just a simple way of representing a lot of things in our music, and in my head. Our latest songs have had a darker vibe to them that we have really gotten into doing. Also, they often discuss themes like suicide, depression, and things of that nature. So dark sounds, dark ideas, dark times in which I was writing. Black just seemed simple, to the point, and appropriate. We haven’t done a package of songs in a while, so we’re excited to actually do an EP, even if it winds up being a short one. 

6. How was the recording and writing process?

Nick and I have our process pretty down pat. We have been making music together for like 15 years at this point, so we know our tendencies what we need to do to inspire each other. Nick has been in a real groove in terms of giving me instrumentals that I’m in love with. Then I mull them over for a while, get a loose idea and show him what I’ve got. He filters my ideas and refines them a bit, and then I do scratch vocals to test it out. If we listen to it and think it kills, then we push it forward. But we are super close, so it’s a brutally honest and heated process at times, but we have been absolutely in love with what we’ve been creating. 

7. What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC has been the battleground of our musical careers for almost the entirety of our time playing music. NYC is so competitive musically. If you’re playing there, you know what you’re doing. Playing and operating there definitely pushes and inspires us. We want to be as professional and powerful as we can be, and if we are not, we have no chance convincing folks around NY that we are worth their time. That environment constantly challenges you. It eats folks alive who don’t take the music seriously, and the ones who remain are always top notch. It’s truly one of the most aggressive proving grounds in the world, and we couldn’t be happier to have our musical careers exist there. 

8. Was it therapeutic to use music as an outlet to talk about mental illness and depression?

I always tell Nick, my friends, and the people we are lucky enough to do interviews with, music literally saves my life every single day. Calling it therapeutic is so true, but at the same time, it’s truly so much more than that. Nick and I were in our last music project together as well, and in between that and 8 Graves, I wasn’t making music. In that time, it got darker for me than it had ever been, and Nick and I getting together to make music again dragged me out of that. Having people identify with what we create is just so fulfilling and comforting. I can’t even begin to explain just how much it has helped me and how much it enriches both of our lives. I can definitely say I wouldn’t be here without it.

9. Any plans to hit the road?

We are constantly trying to get out and do our thing. It has been challenging to say the least, but we want nothing more than to be on tour, playing shows, connecting with people who enjoy our music. I can’t say we have anything planned at the moment, but I can say we are working tirelessly to make that happen. And when it does, we are going to come with absolutely everything we have. 

10. What else is happening in the 8 Graves world?

We are working on the EP, and that takes a lot of our time, but other than that, we are actively trying to find innovative new ways to connect with our friends that support our music. We are doing some live sessions soon, so that people farther from NYC can get a little idea of what being at an actually 8 Graves show is like. We are rehearsing our live set like crazy, and are really pushing to make it a memorable, awesome experience for folks that come out and catch us. So the EP is obviously the focus, but we are really trying to consider how we deliver the music as a live experience. We are also putting together some ideas for perspectively doing a music video, as we talked about earlier. So a lot of stuff is going on. We’ve been busy, and we have no intention of slowing down. 

Listen to “Bury Me Low” 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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