Hi Catty and Gethin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello hello! Thank you for having a chat with us, we’ve been well – still excited from our release.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Uncontrollable”?
We can. Uncontrollable was written in Stockholm and it was the first time we’d ever written outside the UK! We had a session with Emmanuel Abrahammson and Louise Lindberg in the most amazing studio and the song came naturally. The hook of the chorus came as we were walking to get some food from 7/11. And for the vibe – Geth asked our producer Emmanuel if he had anything weird, he showed us the intro and we fell in love with it. It was one of the most fun days in the studio we’ve ever had. Louise lindberg and Emmanuel are gifts.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Life always imitates art in some way. Every song we’ve ever written is about an experience we’ve had or something we’ve seen. Uncontrollable isn’t about either of our romantic relationships, but we’ve definitely been in other relationships that we’ve lost control of, it’s about celebrating the break up if the relationship isn’t what you need. We’ve written a lot of those finger pointing, break-up songs so we just wanted to write one about two people wanting different things and splitting on a mutual ground.
What made you want to film the video in a vertical format?
If we’re being honest, just how often we’re all on our phones. It made sense to make one that would fill that screen and we’ve never done it before. Linking the art-work to the video was very important to us so we had a lot of fun with the graphics. Our video team were incredible.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
This one was testing as we filmed in a different format and in front of a green screen – we’ve never done that before and we also had a photoshoot on the same day but we had an incredible team of people with us. We’re always trying to out-wit each other and make the other laugh so every shoot is fun.
How was the recording and writing process?
All we can remember from that day is laughing. It was a long studio day because we didn’t stop talking – we just ate good food and wrote what we felt was honest. We had such good energy in the room – it really felt like we were all on the same page. Emails production was exactly how we envisioned it would sound as we were writing and all the hooks and lyrics came so fast. For a while the trumpet section was Geth’s voice, and now he’s going to have to do that every time we play it acoustically.
What was it like to work with Emmanuel Abrahammson and how did that relationship develop?
He is a genius. We went to Stockholm for a week and we were put in a session together – we admired him before we got in the room and that admiration has doubled now. He understood us instantly.
How much did he get to influence the song?
Producers are a huge influence on any song, Geth asked him if he had any weird noises and he played us the flute. We fell in love with it and started writing – Uncontrollable would not exist without all of us in the room putting what we had on the table. Emmanuel is a wizard, it felt like we had something from the get-go.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I think subconsciously, yes. We’ve known each other for 3 years and for writing sessions you normally meet people on the day, so there definitely are songs we’ve written together that come from a darker place. But there’s no right or wrong way to write a song, we write differently every time, that’s the beauty of it.
What made you want to go for a much modern approach?
That happened naturally. We’ve been writing for two years now and all we want to do is make music that we would like to listen to and say things that we want to hear. It was Geth’s idea to have the beat follow the UN-CON-TROLL-ABLE and we really wanted to do something that felt different, we do feel like we achieved that.
I understand you were trying to capture your young spirit – was it easy to pull this off or you guys actually found some challenges?
Growing up and figuring yourself out, we think, is challenging for most people but putting that into songs is so enjoyable and therapeutic for us. The “young spirit” really does seem to just exist in us and our songs.
As your music keeps getting much attention – does that put any pressure on you as you work on new music or rather the opposite?
There’s always pressure, you always want to do better than you previously have. But luckily it’s something we both thrive off of – being comfortable is a scary place to be. We do have a lot of songs in the bank that we’re extremely proud of, though.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes!! Uncontrollable was our first release of 2019 and there is definitely more to come. We’ve been working with Mark Ralph, another genius – so we’re very lucky and excited.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
None that we can tell you yet – apologies! But we’re definitely going to give you a song for the summer.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes!! We have a few great escape shows coming up and we’re supporting Jess Glynne in London and Wales this summer. Hopefully we’ll do our own headline run again at the end of the year too.
What else is happening next in Dusky Grey’s world?