INTERVIEW: Sweet Crisis

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

Great thanks. Just enjoying all the love we’ve been receiving for the new single Black Magic!

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

It’s the new single, it’s out now. Everyone go have a listen…It’s a great mix of Blues-Soul-Rock all in one.

How was the filming experience behind the video?

Great fun – all done in front of green screen, then a whole lot of editing! We wanted to do something ‘magical’ and ‘vintage’ looking to match the song, and we’d been watching a lot of True Detective, which is where we got the idea for doing this video style. All in all, we’re really happy and super proud with how it’s come out – and all done in-house by us!

How was the recording and writing process?

This is a song we’ve had kicking around in the locker for a few years now, and the way it came about us doing it funny actually – we were out gigging in Switzerland early in the year and on the way out there, we were playing the band a bunch of songs we’d written over the years. One of them was Black Magic, which we weren’t intending on even playing that tour (and to be quite honest I had completely forgotten about), and the band said “ this song is awesome, why aren’t we doing this?” And we looked at each other and were like… “that’s a good point why aren’t we doing it!”. So we started playing it that tour, and made the tour the pre-production and rehearsals for the song. It sounded so good, as soon as we landed back in UK we went straight back in to my studio in Cambridge and recorded it straight away! It came out so well it became our first single from this album.

What was it like to work with Don Airey and how did that relationship develop?

I know Don very well as I’ve worked with him on his last solo record, in my studio and we just starting recording the second one actually – plus I was also involved in record some of the keyboards with him on the last Deep Purple record – so I’ve worked lots with him and we’re good mates. I asked him if he was up for playing on some of our record, he was well up for it. He loves a bit of a crisis and is an absolute legend in his own lunch hour!

How much did he get to influence the song?

Not much in the writing side of this song as his Hammond Organ was just an overdub after the band had recorded it – but his sound, I mean, come on…it is Don Airey after all! What a sound he makes with that Hammond! It was the finishing touches on an already great sounding song for us.

Tell us about your influences – who inspires you from the past, and from right now too?

We have Loads as we do live and breathe music, but for both of us it’s bands like Free, Black keys, Jimmy Hendrix, Gary Clark Jnr and Humble Pie – that kinda thing.

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

We love the rock/blues/soul thing, so you can expect more of that. We think the new stuff is even better than Black Magic, I can’t wait for you guys to hear it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, hopefully touring around the UK end of the year, and maybe the US at the beginning of next year. Let’s see!

What else is happening next in Sweet Crisis’ world?

Gigging and touring, plus more recording, that process never stops! So fun though.

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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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