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INTERVIEW: Strange Talk

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

We’ve been great!! Crazy busy with music, staying creative and life in general but that’s certainly not a bad thing!

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

The song was actually one that we’ve had hidden away in our archives for quite some time, even one that we’ve performed live on many of our tours. We re-visited it recently, updated some of the production from where the original demo was and thought we’d use it as the first piece of material after a 2 year hiatus.

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

The only initial inspiration for this song was the title, which was from the song ‘Synchronicity’ by The Police.

Everything else musically just came pretty naturally by using sounds and ingredients that we were drawn to.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re lucky to be surrounded by a tonne of wonderfully creative people, so we have a few ideas for a video that have been sent to us but nothing’s set in stone yet.

How was the recording and writing process?

For this song in particular the writing/recording process was all pretty simple and natural. The hardest thing was probably keeping a clear perspective of the track. Since the original demo of the song was one that we’d lived with and even performed a bunch of times, we didn’t want to lose perspective whilst re-working it. Often artists can fall into the trap of re-working something that they lose perspective on it, but we’re both happy with how the song turned out.

What made you guys to return and take on a new direction? 

When we took time off, it wasn’t our intention to never release anymore Strange Talk music. We just wanted to spend time working on other projects and we knew eventually we’d naturally get back to focusing on Strange Talk. We also have a fair bit of music saved away that it would be a shame to let it go unheard. We’re also loving the fact these days there’s so many streaming platforms and social media that we can literally finish a song and release it for our fans to hear!

Was it difficult to find yourselves as musicians and as a band? 

In the early stages of Strange Talk it all happened so quickly that we went from a bedroom producing duo to a performing 4-piece outfit virtually overnight. These days, I guess you could say we’re a lot more seasoned so any challenges are much more easily managed.

How Passion Pit and Cut Copy has influence your writing? 

We’re big fans of Cut Copy and Passion Pit…we’re music lovers so the list is absolutely endless and forever changing when it comes to influences.

What role does Melbourne play in your music? 

Having spent quite a lot of time abroad in Los Angeles and the US, Melbourne has always been a place to call home. Familiar faces, family and friends are all things that help keep you grounded.

We often spend our time in Melbourne fine-tuning and finishing all the song ideas that we start whilst overseas.

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

100%! Collaborating is almost like dating in that every session and every person you work with brings something new to the table. Over the years we’ve each developed our own workflow and collaboration can often be a key that might take you out of your comfort zone and broaden your own skillset. Eitherway, you never stop learning when collaborating.

How’s your new EP coming along?

The EP we’re really happy with – we’re actually making the last few amendments to the final song as we speak. This EP has had a slightly different path than our previous work, moreso from a mixing sense.

We used to outsource mixing engineers on our last records, which would mean all production and parts would have to be signed-off on for the mixer to do their thing within a timeframe. But since over the last 2 years, Gerard has been building his expertise within mixing/engineering, so we can now do everything in-house. It’s been awesome because it’s given us the flexibility to even re-visit certain parts in the music until we’re both happy with the final mix.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Unsure at this stage from an overall EP release date, however in terms of new material, we want music going out regularly for our fans. As we mentioned earlier, its so easy these days to release music for your fans to gain access to, so we intend on doing that.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Yea definitely….There’s a few things in the pipeline, which we’ll be sharing across our socials in the coming months!

What else is happening next in Strange Talk’s world? 

We both cook a lot these days…and never shy away from a cheeky glass of red!

Listen to the Single “Cosmic Synchronicity”

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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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