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INTERVIEW: Lift The Medium

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

Joey: Thank you for having us, we are just enjoying the journey that is life, love, and music.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Don’t Need To Fall”?

Joey: It’s truly a song about two endings coming together, ultimately to a new beginning. I am convinced that love can heal us internally in ways that words can’t quite describe. Even so, there is always a struggle inside that a lot of people have to embrace to grow. We must fully surrender to the moments that are given to us.

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

Joey: For me, it was meeting the right person who touched my soul in a powerful way. We don’t typically write love songs, but this seemed to just flow out into melody and lyrics effortlessly.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Joey: We had a ton of fans, friends, and family show up who helped us make this video happen. It was a beautiful thing. Threshold Productions, the company that produced the video, really did an amazing job.  A lot of what we thought worked in our initial script had to be improvised that day to work cinematically. It was a cold November day and it got a bit chaotic at times, but it was a very fun experience for all of us. We managed to wrap 95% of the filming that first day and completed the final scene a few weeks later.

The single comes off your new album Moment In Time – what’s the story behind the title?

Joey: It comes from “Moment in Time,” the title track of our album. That song highlights a different side of the same story line of “Don’t Need To Fall.” The rest of the album ties life together in different ways. Every song Lift The Medium writes strives to have a message that is positive yet relatable. It’s meant to lift you at the end of the day, even if it splits you open for a minute. We all fight wars internally; we all face storms.  Our music focuses on the redemptive part of life. It’s about learning to ride through the storm without looking back.

How was the recording and writing process?

Joey: Recording is one of the band’s collective favorite things to do. We recorded “Moment in Time” with Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge Studio. It was a smooth fun process all the way through. With this album we ended up doing things a little bit differently. For instance, with some songs we laid down acoustic tracks first, then built the song around it. Other songs we had already built and structured before we went to record. It could be said it was a very fertile creative period during the recording sessions of “Moment in Time.” It all just came together.

What role does Cincinnati play in your music?

Joey: Cincinnati is our home and we are fortunate enough to have support from our local radio stations like 96 Rock and WEBN. We have had the opportunity to open for some big name acts on Cincinnati stages.  Cincy has an amazing local scene brimming with talent. We wouldn’t be able to put out a video or tour in our van if it wasn’t for our hometown support. Our fans have honestly become a big family. We share so much joy, music and laughter.

Where do you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Joey: Life itself should be inspirational. Inspiration can come from anything. A thought or an experience can inspire a melody just the same as a melody can inspire a thought or experience.

Any plans to hit the road?

Joey: We are definitely looking to tour the east coast before the end of the year. We have a west coast tour brewing as well.

What else is happening next in Lift The Medium’s world?

Joey: We are looking forward to getting out on the road and adopting new members to the Lift The Medium family. We also plan to release more music and videos this year. We don’t want to give too much away, but you can follow it all at www.liftthemedium.com.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p07tXSf4fo

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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