Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Very good thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Odd Boy”?
The message of the song is that “It’s ok to be weird”. The song is inclusive and celebrates diversity and human interaction. The verse is in 13/8 which is quite an odd time signature, but the 4 note theme over it makes it a bit easier to follow and almost catchy.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song has some connection to my childhood and how I felt growing up, maybe even how I feel right now. We live in times of such segregation of all kinds, and everything requires a certain amount of aggression for it to even exist. Odd Boy is a song that was written to inspire strength in those who seem or feel fragile, and confidence in those who seem or feel insecure.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
A really interesting video is about to come out. It took us quite a bit of time to finish it, cos we’ve used really interesting video shooting techniques, but it was definitely worth it.
The single comes off your new EP Reality Suspended – what’s the story behind the title?
The title basically sums up the way I tend to write songs, and specifically, lyrics. I tend to write as I’m looking at humanity from a bench at a park in outer space. At least, that’s the way it feels. Not in a patronising way, but more contemplative.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well, this time it was quite a bit different than last time. We wanted to find someone that would capture the actual sound of the band, how we sound live, and the intension behind the songs. On this occasion we managed to grab the attention of Grammy Winning producer, Sylvia Massy, famous for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince, Johnny Cash, and many others. Because of the way she works and her creativity in the studio, we couldn’t have found a better person for the job.
What was it like to work with Sylvia Massy and how did that relationship develop?
Maybe more than her talent in the studio and knowledge about microphones, the modt impressive thing about her is how possitive she is about everything. Even though she could get used to being picked up in a limosine to go to the studio, she was more than happy to deal with the limitations we had, and was always very honest and humble, which are my 2 favourite traits in a person.
How much did she get to influence the EP?
Her work was not only guided by her ears but also her mind. It was almost like going to a psychologist, but in a music studio. I feel like her possitivity inspired us to do the best we could, and not get too stressed about technical issues, or finding the right cables.
How Yes and Pink Floyd World has influence your writing?
I don’t have much influence from Yes to be honest, maybe I should. Pink Floyd though, they’re my favourite band ever. I went to see The Wall, by Roger Waters, and the production of that show is just ridiculous. It’s not even fair to call it a gig. It’s more like a theater play. I hope we get a chance to create something that profound and beautiful.
What role does Bristol play in your music?
Bristol was the place I chose to move to within the UK. It’s a small enough city for you to be able to enjoy life outside of a public transport station, but it’s big enough to have everything you need to enjoy life. It’s got a lot of venues and live music, so it’s a very vibrant place. Despite having the legacy of bands like Portishead and Massive Attack, there isn’t much left from that scene, but it does provide the environment for bands to exist.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I’m lukcy in that I’ve had a very interesting life. Also unlucky in that I’ve been hit in the face by life a plenty of times, but I’ve learned to ust myself off and keep going because in most cases I can say, I’ve been through worse. My mother is a very admirable and rescient woman, and I owe her everything I am today. The inspiration for music comes from all those experiences.
Any plans to hit the road?
What else is happening next in Mutant Thoughts’ world?
We’re writing new songs and taking a slightly different direction, so we’re hoping to be back in the studio after the summer.