INTERVIEW: Deer Park Avenue

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

We’re doing great! Super busy with shows, travels, and getting ready for our new single release!

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

Scars is a really personal song for us. It’s a song about finding love when you least expect it, about being open and vulnerable and being excited about loving someone again. Musically it’s a powerful sound with big guitars and some throwback 60s harmonies – we grew up listening to really old stuff, including doo-wop from the 50s and 60s and that makes its way into our music now and then.

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

Yes…but the best stories are often left untold. What we will say is the past two years have been amazing in some ways and heart breaking in others, for both of us – you end up carrying these hidden scars around, and you’re afraid those broken parts of you will scare someone away. Then you meet someone who feels the same way, and in finding each other you realise that those scars are the best parts of them, those stories that made them who they are. You love those scars, and you learn to love your own scars, too.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are very excited about our new video for the single! We are releasing it shortly after the single is available on Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming platforms.

How was the recording and writing process?

We got to record with Reto Peter who is a genius and has worked with so many amazing bands that we love, including Green Day and Modest Mouse, loads of others. His ideas in the studio were so creative and made the whole process incredibly fun. It was basically a music party every day in the studio. The two of us also eat a lot, and when we’re in the studio we’re basically eating non-stop because we’re working so much! (We’re like Brad Pitt in the Oceans movies.) The writing process was also really fun, we write our songs together. Sometimes one of us has a melody but no lyrics, or we have a part of a song, and then we end up finishing them all together.

How does your Switzerland background influences your music as a whole?

We grew up in a very international family, so we grew up with many different music styles, which really opened our eyes and ears to sounds and what’s possible musically. There is no “one way” to do things. Growing up in Switzerland was wonderful because the people are so honest, they love creative, original music, and you find so much of it. Sometimes literally at every street corner. The street musicians in Basel to this day are some of the best we’ve found anywhere.

How your upbringing has enforce your writing?

We grew up playing in our church every Sunday – it’s the best way to start playing music, not least of all because playing every week makes you a better musician! Our church on Long Island had never had drums and guitar, so we were the first rock band there. We’ve always had a very close family and their love and support has meant everything to us. We’d never have gotten this far without that. Our parents love travelling and living in different countries, and bringing us to Europe was probably the single most life-changing thing that ever happened, in the most wonderful way possible.

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

Definitely! We’ve got an album coming together which should be out later this year…we have a few more singles we are finishing up and will be releasing in the next weeks, so keep an eye on our Instagram!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Our working title for the album is Stream of Conscious Mess…because it really was just a lot of life stories flowing out of us all at the same time, connected in some ways but totally disjointed in others. That’s the way life is, though – sometimes it is a mess. But that’s the best part.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got more shows coming up this summer and fall in Europe and we’re going to be announcing a few select US dates soon.

What else is happening next in Deer Park Avenue’s world?

When we’re not playing shows, in the studio, or writing songs (which is not that often!) we love travelling. We find so much inspiration in the stories of other people we meet, in the places we go and see. And food. We recently went on a Bavarian food tour with our friends and it was ridiculously fun. We definitely need another one of those. We really do eat a lot.

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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