INTERVIEW: 49th Parallel

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

Thanks for having us, we really appreciate it. We have been very busy. Some of us are still wrapping up school, counting down the days when we can fully group up in Seattle.

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

Sadess was the name Nicky titled the beat when he sent it to us. A lot of people have asked us what the name means and honestly you might get a different answer from each of us. We thought this title was unique enough to create a mysterious feeling towards the track while also encapsulating the song’s vibe as a whole. Sadess is aimed to be whatever the listener wants it to be. Whether you’re in your feels or if just tryna turn up, the song can fit any vibe and that’s why we think this song is so special. We’ve honestly been sitting on this song for awhile, constantly tweaking it because we want to give our fans the best work we can.

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

Not really, more of just the idea of emotions in relations to our actions. And how the two effect each other if that makes sense.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’ve been talking about shooting a video for this song, but our focus is more towards the new music we’ve been working on. Expect a video soon, even though it may not be for Sadess.

How was the recording and writing process?

For this song it was pretty simple, Nicky sent the beat, we wrote our verses and then laid them down. As far as specifics it varies from member to member but I think we got a lot of inspiration from the idea of sadness and knowing how that emotion can affect the way we act in our everyday lives. We were each inspired but different events in our own lives that we wanted to get out into the world through music.

What was it like to work with Ruby Koh and what did she brought up to the table?

Ruby’s been our friend for years, and working with her is always great. She brings this poetic approach to songwriting and singing that’s really special and adds an entire dimension to whatever song she’s on. Also we always loving having more creative people in the studio, and with her there, it adds the creative level that we feel like we can reach as a group.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Well that’s sort of the thing about our music: it’s all collaborative in some way. We all are working together to create whatever we want to put out there. So adding another mind into the fold usually just adds to our ability and can let the fire burn faster. We all also have our own unique sounds so when we make songs we try to feed off of each other’s energy, while also carrying our own respective personas on a track.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

That’s our home, where every one of us was raised and where we grew and continue to grow as artists. It’s also where we all met and made so many lasting memories. So it plays a huge role because a lot of the time we are writing about things that happened in Seattle, and if not we are trying to create a feeling that one of us probably experienced while in Seattle. But deeper than that, the attitude of the city as a whole has been huge for us. We try to rebel from certain things about it, and embrace others, but when it really comes down to it every one of us loves this city. Plain and simple.

How BROCKHAMPTON and Logic has influence your writing?

BROCKHAMPTON is a huge influence. Not necessarily in the way we sound, but more in our attitude towards music. Like, We are really just a bunch of friends trying to follow our dream and say fuck you to what anyone else is trying to tell us to do, and I think that’s the attitude groups of this era like brockhampton, Odd Future, and others have. Also just the fact the members of brock were strangers to some extent and then just decided to chase what they love and found success in it is really inspirational to us.

Honestly, Logic isn’t huge for us. We hear this comparison all the time but other then his first two albums I don’t think any of us really listen to him anymore. With that being said, those first two albums are great, but not necessarily massive influences when creating in the way some other artists like Kanye are.

As your music keeps getting more and more momentum – do you feel any pressure as you release a new material?

Coastal: I think a lot of the pressure is internal. At least for me it’s like, as we gain more fans I’m putting more pressure on myself to create the best thing I think I can. I’m not worried about what they think about it as much, so it’s not outside pressure, it’s more me trying to push myself because I know if I create to the best of my ability and I am honest in that, people will like it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We’re always working on new material. Everytime we get together we work on new concepts for songs and Nicky and Cormac [49th’s producers] are always grinding out beats and sending them to us. Now that we’re all back in Seattle, it’s way easier for us to create new music because we feed off of each other’s creativity so well. So long story short, expect tons of new music soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No but the goal is to have an EP out before the end of June and an album our before the end of the year. Other then that everything is very much in the works.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yea we are actually living in LA this summer so hopefully on the way down and while in LA we can get some more shows under our belt.

What else is happening next in 49th Parallel’s world?

Like we said, EP and album along with living in LA. On top of that we are constantly working on a ton of stuff no one really knows about like clothes, videos, and really anything creative. So be on the look out for sure.

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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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