INTERVIEW: Mitch McAteer

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

Not too bad, feeling great after two well received EP launches and a So Far Sounds gig last week!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Hate That I Love You”?

“I Hate That I Love You” is sort of a rocked-up folk song. The sound of this track particularly has given me great direction for my future releases.

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

It was after a break up when I was caught in that no man’s land where your heads spinning all the time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m off touring, then when I come back there’s talk of a video being recorded, so keep your ears peeled.

The single comes off your new album ‘Lost In The Wild’ – what’s the story behind the title?

“Lost In The Wild” is basically being stuck out in the unknown, not knowing how to get back.

How was the recording and writing process?

Both processes were very organic. The song writing was never forced, songs came when they wanted and the recording was all done live over a period of two days, in an Airbnb.

What made you want to go for a much live approach with the music on this record?

I feel that most people in music are looking to make there sound perfect and “correct”, which I don’t understand. Music isn’t perfect, it’s tiny mistakes and blemishes, that’s what makes it human. I believe live recordings capture music in its most natural form.

How has Dave Cobb influenced your writing?

Dave Cobb influenced my recording style because he’s somebody in the modern industry who records the way I think recordings should be done and he’s achieved great results from it.

What role does Ireland play in your music?

Ireland has a massive role in my music for many reasons. I am Irish so I’ll always stay close to my roots especially based on the fact that traditional music is the foundation of my sound.

How much did nature get to influence the writing on this record?

Nature has always been a place I love being engulfed in. Three of the songs were written in rural areas, so the changing of season and the weather effected my mood and therefore my music.

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

I suppose it’s an indirect inspiration but listening to music I Love has always inspired me to play. Whether that is old classics or new fresh music, there’s something about certain sounds that can really move you.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, so I have a Danish Tour coming up in June then I have some other gigs confirmed in July such a one down in Budapest.

What else is happening next in Mitch McAteer’s world?

I’m planning on building a recording studio when I come back from Denmark, so it’s all go!

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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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