INTERVIEW: Highly Sedated

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

Today is a great day, we released our new album ‘Symphony’ into the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t Be A Victim”?

For this song, we wanted to have something stronger and darker. I remember last summer we had to play this song on release day, it was so great to perform it live, such an energy!

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

No, but I think we wanted to write something dark and hypnotic. Leonas showed this great beat that he had been working on before so we just kept on working on it. You could hear from the beginning that it had something special to it.

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

That summer we played this incredible show with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at The Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius, and the album is the live recording of that show. For us it was very special, I personally think it’s the biggest thing we have done so far. We are really proud of this album, we brought the whole project to a really mature level that trusts the intelligence of our fans, the people listening to our music.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a live recording of our first album but with a symphony orchestra providing the backing track. That in itself brought new challenges for the recording and writing processes. We went from recording a four-piece band in studio conditions to recording a huge number of different instruments in a live setting. We also had to translate all our compositions to orchestral pieces, which was definitely something that threw us out of our comfort zone. But those things push you as artists and make you grow and ultimately helped us produce something really mindblowing.

How has Massive Attacks and Faithless influenced your writing?

Those bands will always be one of the biggest inspirations for me personally. We grew up to their music so it helped shape us. A lot of the British bands from that era have something special to offer, such great songs and sounds, very timeless!

What role did Vilnius play on the writing and music on this record?A big role for sure because we recorded and wrote a lot of the songs on the first album in Vilnius. I think the people we hung out with and the environment there really shaped the whole outcome. We had some really crazy nights over there.

How did you get to balance your love for old school with your much modern sounds?

In the beginning we were really majorly inspired to write and produce music by using more analog equipment, to stay as much as possible computerless, making beats and arrangements with drum machines and hardware. We also like to use guitar, bass, piano and even wurlitzer on our recordings.

Why taking on a full orchestra chamber for this particular album?

I think this brought our music to the next level. In some cases it sounds fuller, more complete. It’s like someone giving you a Ferrari to run a marathon in.

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

Through the people, the places and all the long nights out dancing at different rave parties. Just sucking in the vibe, then translating that into our creative process.

Any plans to hit the road?

Now that our album is done, we can focus on our new music. It’s been some time getting all this together and then putting it out there and in that time, of course, we’ve come up with a lot of new ideas! So all those ideas can’t wait to be released 🙂

What else is happening next in Highly Sedated’s world?

We’re gonna start writing and recording new songs, try to find a new angle and evolve further as artists.

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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