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INTERVIEW: WARHOLA

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

I’m doing great thank you!

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

It’s one of the first songs I wrote for this album, written in Cape Town, SA. Strangely while it’s one of the first ones I wrote it immediately felt like it would be the last song of the album. And it stayed like that ‘till the end, for me it’s a song where everything peacefully comes together.

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

I never feel like I’m inspired by something really specific when making music. It think influences get in to my music in a less direct manner. In that way, staying in Cape Town for a month to work on the album will certainly have had some influence on the song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

During the last couple of years I’ve been working together a lot with my good friend and amazing DOP Nicolas Karakatsanis for Warhola’s visuals. We thought it would be cool to get different perspectives on the album title YOUNG LOVING by asking directors we really like to make something about the subject. Nicolas made one himself together with Belgian director Leo Van Dijl. The result is this video for Sportkar.

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

About 2-3 years ago I began to write this album, I wrote songs about what was happening in my life at that moment. Because it took me some time to finish the album, for me it really gives some kind of overview of the last 3 and probably most exciting years in my life. Love, in its widest sense played big part and is definitely the main subject in the album. The moment I called this album YOUNG LOVING, it felt like it all felt in its right place.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’m almost making music and writing constantly. The real start for me, like “I’m going to make this album” was the month in Cape town. After that I kept writing more ‘till I had the feeling that I had all the songs. At same time I’m writing I also work on the production of the song. But most of the songs have had lots of different version the I and some friends/producers/musicians have been fine tuning during the last years.

What role does Belgium play in your music?

Of course Belgium is the country where I live, where spend most of my time and make most of my music. I think Belgium has an interesting music scene and has lots of great musicians, because the scene and the country is so small you know almost everyone and you work with lots of them. It’s hard to tell what role it plays in my music, it probably does, but it just feels natural.

With the great reception your music has gained throughout the years – do you feel any pressure as you work on new material?

 I don’t really feel a lot of pressure from outside. But I must say that I put quite a lot of pressure on myself, I always want to get the best result for myself and very often that asks for a lot of effort and time from myself and the people around me.

Any plans to hit the road?

With the album release we have some concerts planned in Europe and the UK, not exactly sure which are announced yet and which not. But I’m pretty sure more dates will follow soon!

What else is happening next in WARHOLA’s world?

First of all I’m extremely happy to finally have finished my debut album and that it’s finally being released. At the moment I’m still working on more video’s for the album, some Europe concerts are coming up and I’ll definitely will start working on new music again the second I find some time.

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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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