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INTERVIEW: Visitor Kane

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

Pretty good! Been busy with finishing up our new record “Change of Heart”, small details needed my attention artwork wise, and in general there’s a whole lot of planning around the release. Next up I got some more recording to do with all the other bands I play in (Dowager, Tears and Less Win).

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Came To A Stop”?

Well, it’s based on a frustration around the obsession of modern day amusement, and how easy it is to get distracted by this. I felt like I’d grown accustomed to being distracted with all the entertainment that’s out there, to the point that I couldn’t focus on what’s important to me.

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

For this song there was an idea floating around in my head which came from a book called “Amusing ourselves to death” by Neil Postman. It’s essentially about how amusement has become a modern kind of enslavement.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

So far no date has been set for its release, but there will definitely be one sometime in the near future. It’ll mainly made by me and some friends who have the right equipment to do the visual side of it. There’s also other videos in the making for the upcoming singles, but I actually don’t know how they’ll turn out as the people who’ve made them have been given total control and artistic freedom over the whole thing. I trust that they’ll do a great job and maybe add something that I couldn’t have thought of.

The single comes off your new album Change of Heart – what’s the story behind the title?

I thought that the music had become something else entirely from the previous that’d we’d done, so “Change of Heart” seemed like a fitting title.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing and rehearsing was done over the course of a few months, my guess is around 4, but I can’t really recall. I try to write as much as possible, and at some point I end up with a whole lot of songs and then just pick out the songs that fit, and then just start reworking them up to the point where I’m satisfied. Lyrics I tend to rewrite a lot up until the ending stage where the recording is set to happen. Lyrics for me is the hard part and what takes the longest in the process. Recording was done in only 2 days in a studio just across our rehearsal space. The particular studio is my favorite in Copenhagen. I’ve done recordings here for the latest records that I’ve done in the past as well.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

I would say that, yes. It’s a totally different style. Our first record was recorded and played by me. I was into synthesizers and drum machines at that point. Now it’s a full scale band, drums, guitars, bass and keys. It’s gotten a country vibe, and I love country.

What role does Denmark play in your music?

Nothing in particular. There’s a lot of great bands coming from Denmark, but I can’t say it has had a huge role to play in my music.

How has Gram Parsons and Nick Cave influenced your writing?

Gram Parsons has been a great influence, but I could also say that I’ve been influenced by country music in general. It’s soulful and honest. Right now I’m obsessed with Orville Peck. Nick Cave’s influenced me in different ways. His vocals for one, but also his work ethic.

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

Inspiration to me is an odd thing. Of course I get some ideas by just walking around, reading, watching movies etc. but most of all, it’s just hard work. I doesn’t hit me like lightning. I need to focus and sit for hours just to be able to grasp the concept of a song, and then make an effort to understand what I’m trying to say. It’s mainly just trying to interpret a feeling and then translating it to something that makes sense.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got a couple of shows before the record comes out. When it’s out, we’ll definitely tour but can’t announce anything yet, as it all needs to fall into place.

What else is happening next in Visitor Kane’s world?

Lots of writing. Recording a new album at the end of this year, so quite busy.

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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