Hi Bonne, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been? Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Holy Water”?
Hi! Well actually the song I’m releasing a music video for first is “Down Down”. This is the first time I don’t really view any song is a single – its the first album I wrote “as an album” so they all kinda go together…..so it was hard even to decide which ones to do music videos for-although eventually I plan to do at least lyric videos for each one of them.
“Holy Water” is about warning someone not to come back into my life….saying “stay away” – because I view them as such a bad presence in my life no amount of time will change that
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A particular person did, yes.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
The first music video will be for “Down Down”.
The single comes off your new album Gauntlet – what’s the story behind the title?
It came from a conversation with my Dad – as I was searching for the title.
He asked what the album was about…which (in a nutshell) is a statement about my uphill battle to get this album made. Battled for respect & opportunity as a female in an industry I’m grossly outnumbered in …. Battled medical issues …. Battled the genre stigma that comes with being from the Midwest… So I commented “I feel like I’m going through an artistic gauntlet”. Dad said – there’s your title.
How was the recording and writing process?
The bulk of that process took place in the literal woods in TN. I have a mini in-home set up I took with me and Matt owned the Sound Farm studio so he’s all for writing & recording at home – where it’s not as scheduled – but left more organic & based on “when you feel it”. The bulk is electronic / I use MIDI to write & most of it remains. We did track live drums and bass/vibes we did mostly via Skype with my other trusted bandmate/mentor Jon Locker. He owns Sonic Factory Studios so he was able to capture on his end & file transfer. For vocals – again, to keep it less scheduled so I could sing “when I feel it” – we rented a vocal chain from Blackbird Studios in Nashville for a month. I recorded the vocals myself throughout that month – when emotions or ideas song to song hit me.
What was it like to work with Matt Sepanic and how did that relationship develop?
I met Matt back in Iowa before he moved to TN. I had worked with him on a few songs from my last album (Fairytales/LoveAffairs) and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with someone in the studio-having someone on my side who understands the sound I’m going for… He moved to TN in 2016. So….I went to TN to record with him.
How much did he get to influence the album?
He really served as my constant reminder of the vision I had …. He is who chose the collection of songs that made up the album – and he was the one that kept me on my rails-artistically.
I had a goal…I wanted album – not a collection of songs.
I wanted it to sound big…apocalyptic…yet pop/rock. It can be very easy to get carried away down a rabbit hole of an idea when you spend as much time writing/working on the music as I do.
He was the one that would listen & say to me “Angry Bonne…remember? You’re angrier than…” or “Rethink that first line….sing it with more vulnerability” and then leave & let me internalize & interpret that on my own.
He pushed & tested me – and I’m proud of how it turned out.
Having such a creative mind guiding you through the process – how did you get to balance your creative inputs and ideas?
Matt was very respectful of my vision – He really did not push me to change my sound… He pushed me to dig deeper for my own.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical record?
Not really – it’s an extension I think – a concentrated collection of a “part” of my sound. Anyone who has heard my past songs such as “I’MNOTWAITING” or even “Possibly Impossible” that dates back to my very first album will hear/know this is a Bonne Finken album.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?