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INTERVIEW: Augustine

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

Hi there! Thank you so much! I’ve been great, I’m back home for a little while now just taking it slow. Hanging out with my cat!

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

Yes, it’s the lead single for the EP and definitely the biggest song I’ve written when it comes to sound and production. I think it’s about looking back at a relationship with both happiness because of the memories but also regret because of your choices. 

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

Not that I can recall… it’s that kind of a song that wrote itself when I gathered different lines that’s been stuck in my head. It’s also the most straight-forward song on the EP when it comes to the lyrics and theme. I think the listener understands most of it after the first listen… or I have really no idea! Maybe it’s not straight-forward at all in someone else’s eyes, haha. What do you think?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, there is! And soon actually! We went to Spain last month and had a lovely time while shooting the video for a couple of days. I can’t wait to show it!

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

It kinda went hand in hand with the theme of the other songs as well. Some of the songs, like ”Luzon” and ”A Scent of Lily” have different parts that’s made up in a sense. Like the imagination of falling in love or a scene that’s been playing in my head but isn’t a real memory. So I guess that’s ”Wishful Thinking” somehow, of things and places I would like to experience and visit. 

How was the recording and writing process?

It took various shapes! Mostly I started different songs and demos together with Rassmus Björnson, and then we deconstructed all of those songs a lot of times before finally ending up with these five main ideas. Over the course of a year when finished them one by one together with Agrin Rahmani, starting with ’Luzon’ and finishing with ’Wishful Thinking’. ’A Scent of Lily’ and ’Slacks’ were ideas I had for over two or three years though, as demos on a hard drive. 

How has Bon Iver and James Blake influenced your writing?

Bon Iver has been a very strong influence in my songwriting right from the start. I heard ”For Emma, Forever ago” when I was around 14 years old and started taking interest in writing songs. Every record of his is just magical. I can’t say I’ve spend the same amount of time listening to or studying James Blake… until recently! Diving into all of the albums at the same time. Incredible songs and productions. 

What role does Sweden play in your music?

Oh good question. Through the visuals or the songs for this project isn’t picturing or telling much about Sweden at all, I think it’s just always there in the back of the head. Almost all of the songs on the EP has been written in different cities here in Sweden, so it’s new experiences and different people I meet here that eventually ends up in the music. 

What were some of the fears you get to explore on this record?

I did a lot of reminiscing and coming to terms with how I’ve handled things in the past. ’Viola’ and ’Slacks’ are very much about that topic. The biggest fear I got to explore though is the whole thing about trying to be an ”artist” and opening up to people. I wasn’t visible at all on Facebook and Instagram etc. before releasing ’Luzon’, and I was so scared that friends or other people would think I’m silly. I’m still very scared of that though, haha. But what the hell!

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

There’s been many different sources during the years. Most of the inspiration for lyrics comes from albums like ”Trouble Will Find Me” by The National. ”Stranger In the Alps” with Phoebe Bridgers. ”I Forget Where We Were” with Ben Howard. The movie ”Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind” has some beautiful music and dialogue in it!

Any plans to hit the road?

That is certainly the plan! Looking into the possibility of doing that after the summer. 

What else is happening next in Augustine’s world?

Right now there’s some kind of shorter vacation here at home. Then it’s time to prepare and rehearse the live set, and to write and release more music! We’re actually going to Gotland in a few weeks, a small island on the Swedish east coast, to write more songs. Very excited for that!

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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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