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

Could complain a bit, but it don’t change nothing.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The World Has Seen It Before”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

The song is about how frequently when people discuss climate change, they discuss it in a way where it’s the Earth that dies and humanity somehow lives on. I think they that reversed. Pretty positive we’re dying and the Earth is sticking around.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Yeah! There will be one this summer!

The single comes off your new album Wherever The Internet Goes, Sorrow Follows – the story behind the title?  

Truly, most technology copies are there to remove human interaction for profit. So really what they’re creating is more loneliness. I also think social media contributes to a lot of unnecessary longing or envy. You’re capable of seeing what other people have and wanting it, when really we were probably fine before we had that knowledge.

How was the recording and writing process? 

I recorded, mixed and mastered it all in my bedroom in Brooklyn, so it was probably quite a bit slower than what it could have been. Sometimes you can benefit greatly by having a ‘time equals money’ scenario.

How did you get to blend and balance the philosophical themes of the lyrics with the much upbeat and carefree music?

I suppose I don’t hear the music as carefree, but I think it’s amazing that you do!!!  It’s nice to understand how other’s hear the music because it’s fairly impossible for me to be subjective about it.

Did you ever have second thoughts on the approach for the music?

Yeah, always. Second thoughts and constantly rewriting is a natural part of it. Bands have band members to bounce ideas off of and to keep things reigned in.  Solo musicians have self doubt for the same thing.

How has your time getting to meet different cultures have influence your musical vision and approach?

I think it’s lead me to believe that we’re truly all a part of the same society and what we all do affects one another.  Thousands of miles away, but we’re still on the same planet.

What aspect of our society and technology did you get to explore on this record? 

I guess I discuss that aforementioned loneliness quite a bit, but also automation as a way to free the worker class. Life is a little too short for jobs we all hate.

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

Through the tragedies and triumphs of living. Every single day I’m not only shocked that I’m still alive, but also extremely thankful.

Any plans to hit the road? 

I’ll be touring this April and off and on from July to November.

What else is happening next in REACHES world? 

I’m currently recording another record actually.

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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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