INTERVIEW: Valentin Marx

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

Thanks for having us!  Things are going great with the band right now.  Between promoting this new single, planning future releases, and booking shows things have never been better.

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

Made Up was the first song we all recorded together after several years away, and with a new lineup.  The excitement behind all that comes through in the song, a new sense of focus and creative energy.

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

The lyrics for the song were really inspired by a frustrating relationship I had just gotten out of at the time.  Social media interactions and just the overall technological disconnect that is so common nowadays was a real drag, and I was just more confused and annoyed that anything.  So I changed some things around to protect the innocent, and just kinda vented about how I was feeling.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are still working on a video right now, but we have lots of great ideas and look forward to getting something out there.

How was the recording and writing process?

This song really came on fast.  It was the first thing we wrote and recorded together with Brian as our drummer/percussionist.  His energy and influence played a major role in the total vibe of the song.  Travis and I have worked together for years and have a pretty seamless musical relationship, and adding Brian just gave it that much more excitement.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

This band really cut its teeth over the years at my Rehearsal space in Bushwick, and now our spot in Gowanus.   Also, the recording of these new songs goes down in Greenpoint, so the Brooklyn vibe is always in the air whenever we write and record.

How the new lineup has influence the band’s sound?

To kinda go back to the previous question, Brian has been a super positive force in the band.  He’s definitely had an palpably large impact on every aspect of the band.

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

 We are in the process of recording a bunch of new songs, and also have a new single on the way.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We are looking at releasing our next single in early February, so definitely be on the lookout for it!

What human crisis and struggles will you be exploring on this new record?

While most of the songs I write are super personal, I usually have an editing process where I really strive to open up the narrative, so that the listener can move around in the song and find their own place in it.  So to answer the question, the themes of isolation in an ever exposed social landscape, and the struggles of finding and maintaining strong and balanced relationships and endeavors is a major theme in our music.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now we have shows coming up mostly on the coasts. 

Some February dates in LA and some NYC shows in the Spring.  But stay tuned, we are definitely looking at a possible summer tour.

Listen “Made Up” 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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