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INTERVIEW: FUTURIST

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

I’m well, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Olive Mountain”?

Sure, “Olive Mountain” is the first single off of our upcoming record “Omens,” which is available on September 27. The title Olive Mountain is a play on the ‘Mount of Olives,’ where Jesus was praying before he was betrayed. Give it a listen:

https://soundcloud.com/futurist_music/olive-mountain

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

The song is split up into two parts, the first being more personal; “Here I am again wallowing in it. Look at the mess you’ve made of your kingdom. It would appear you’ve gotten your comeuppance.” It’s a plea and a reckoning with a former relationship that was collapsing in front of me and the ways in which I had a hand in the matter. But I continue more haughtily; “I don’t want to know the reason you’ve been  throwing stones at me.” There’s nothing I can do. The sides are drawn. The possessions, social circles, and love is cracked into halves and I’m too proud to show my underbelly. The tone shifts in the prechorus to something more sincere; “Okay, I get it. You’re happier, paid off the cable news networks and they’ll spin my words.” This was my internal monologue. The things I would say outright if things weren’t so twisted and hostile.
The second half is more of a birds-eye view, the current state of the culture. It’s constant outrage, nihilism, and an ever-diminishing middle ground. Everyone virtue signals to strangers on the internet constantly about how THEY are on the right side of history, but couldn’t last two seconds outside of their own echo chamber, much less attempt to understand or tolerate a difference in opinion. I mean, no one is immune to confirmation bias. The second prechorus echoes the more tender inner thoughts of the first, except now aimed at the world at large; “Okay, I get it. It’s the end of the world. We might as well all go home and give up. I mean, what’s the use in ignoring the control freaks? They’ve had a leg up since before we were born.” It’s a bit tongue and check, but honest.
However, it’s the choruses that are the true sentiment I’ve ultimately arrived at; “Bad undertones and diamond science.” And what  makes the diamond shine? It IS all of that heavy and relentless pressure. Is that all you got?

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Ah yeah, we made this series called the Cash 4 Gold Sessions back in November 2018. We setup mics in our rehearsal space and I had a friend film us performing thew new songs off of the record. “Olive Mountain” is the first release from that series.

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

We didn’t specify whether or not they are good or bad omens heh, but the music deals in a lot of our own future projecting and how we’re coping with what’s to come.

How was the recording and writing process?

It spanned about 2 and half years. We were primarily focused on a collection of singles so we could share those, make music videos, and get on playlists, etc. We made a demo of all of the tunes and then record them at Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn and More Sound Studios in Syracuse, NY.

How much did you get to experiment on this record?

We split up the stages so we could afford them, so we actually had a lot of time to experiment. I think you’ll hear a lot of that in the opening track “Slow Motion” as well as the funkier “Harakiri” later in the record.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

Less so now. The band formed in Brooklyn, but we are actually scattered around the country at the moment; Texas, LA, Philadelphia and NYC.

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

Life experience! That’s pretty much the only place I write from currently. It helps me process my emotions and integrate them.

Any plans to hit the road?

We just finished our summer tour, but we’ll have some new dates on the calendar when we release the record in September. (www.futuristnow.net)

What else is happening next in Futurist’s world?

I’m currently finishing up our first music video for our second single, “Bad Air, Still Water” which is out on August 16. My friend Jason Ho, with http://www.dreamnineteen.com/, is doing the following music video, which is out October 4.

Watch “Olive Mountain:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_cd2Se4rXM&feature=youtu.be

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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