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INTERVIEW: Woongi

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

Hi VENTS! We’re great, thanks so much.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fire’s Dead”?

It is track number 5 on our upcoming record. It’s in the key of C! Very easy to play.

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

Wavid: I ate at a very strange restaurant with my parents in Casper, Wyoming. I wanted to go there because there was a big statue of Daffy Duck outside. Inside there were a lot of neon signs, and the food was pretty nasty…something about that inspired me to write a song about how sad the world is.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was nice because we got our friend Alex to make the video for free! The only issue was that the heat was out in that building where we filmed. It was during the middle of a Chicago winter.

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

The entire album was written to sync up with a movie from 1993 called The Skateboard Kid. The movie is about a sentient skateboard named Rip… we don’t want to spoil the plot, so we won’t say any more about it than that.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote, recorded, and mixed everything ourselves, which was challenging because we weren’t really going for a DIY aesthetic. But having complete control of a project like that can be very rewarding and fun. It was quite an experience. We recorded most of everything in that room where we filmed the “Fire’s Dead” video, and also in Wavid’s apartment. The only issue was that the a/c was out. It was during the middle of a Chicago summer.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

There’s a very welcoming music scene here, with lots of people shredding. Being around that probably helps us try to be better. Also, if it weren’t for the DIY scene in Chicago, Woongi might not exist today– three of us (Wencer, Wavid, and Watt) met a few years ago when we all wound up living in the same DIY music space. Wax and Wavid were already good friends and had been working on the project for awhile, so it all kinda coalesced in that music space. That experience seems pretty quintessential of Chicago.   

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

For the most part, YouTube binges at 2 AM.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are trying, but nobody will respond to our dm’s! If anybody reading this has connections in Wichita, West Des Moines, or any city beginning with a ‘W’ please contact us.

What else is happening next in Woongi’s world?

We’re adding a fifth band member, Joy, to the lineup, and that has been super fun. We’re also pretty excited to be opening for Diane Coffee at Schuba’s on 4/24 in Chicago, and then of course there’s our free album release show at The Empty Bottle on 5/13! Other than that, we already have some ideas going for some new songs. Also, we are all extremely hyped for Toy Story 4.

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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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