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INTERVIEW: Terrane

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

Thanks for having me. It’s been a busy few gearing up to release my debut record. It’s a very exciting time getting ready to share this music with people…

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

Circles is the first single from my upcoming album, and was one of the first songs I wrote on the record. I had this loop that I’d created. It felt never-ending, mesmerizing in a circular kind of way. I ran with it and “Circles” is what emerged. I’m really curious to see how people respond, and particularly with the video also.

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

I wouldn’t say a particular event per se, but I guess I was in a moment of reflection generally. I felt like I wanted to write something about navigating lingering memories and feelings from past relationships. When I came up with this circular feeling loop, it seemed to lend itself to this theme that was in my mind at the time. I think we’ve all experienced these kind of post-relationship insular, circular moments, which play out as if on a kind of emotional feedback loop.  I wanted to try and channel some of those feelings that I’ve had in my life, hoping that it may touch and resonate with listeners.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I feel lucky to have had Bambi Kirschner, an amazing 3D artist, make the music video – she created this hyperreal, vapourwave-y universe for the song to live in. It’s otherworldly, and a little nostalgic, which I think really captures the essence of “Terrane” overall.

How was the recording and writing process?

It ended up being a really important song in making the album. Listening back now, it speaks to me like a kind of anthem for the album as a whole, setting the direction for the record. The recording and writing process were quite fluid between myself and co-writer/co-producer Oli Rockberger. I knew that I wanted to integrate vocal harmonies with electronic atompsheres and industrial elements sound-wise. I was also experimenting at the time with casette looping and a bunch of fun stuff. It all just kind of bled its way into the track. I think overall “Circles” is pretty emblematic of what “Terrane” is about; creating stories within an atmospheric sound world. So it felt pretty natural to my manager Kwame Kwaten and myself to make it the first single.

What role does London play in your music?

London has always been home to me. The BT Tower in particular has been an unexpected source of musical inspiration; my studio space is right beneath it and I’ve lived there for over eight years. I love that the tower is at once a source of communication for so many, and yet to me it carries a kind of isolation with it somehow. It’s become a symbol for my music in a strange way that I can’t totally explain. Like I often sample soft signal and transmission sounds on tracks which I think must have come from my connection and proximity to the tower. There’s a kind of ocean, calming quality to the transmissions…it’s something I want in my music too.

How’s your new album coming along?

It’s all done! It felt like closing a big chapter in my life when I finished the last song but also somehow like opening another one at the same time. I feel so ready to share this music, to launch “Terrane” in the world, and to keep creating and releasing from here.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The full album release date is 11th October, and we’ll be announcing the album title very soon…

What aspect of human connection will you dive into on this record?

It’s hard to pick just one. But I’d say human connection and disconnect is kind of at the heart of things for me. I try and take snapshots;  moments of togetherness, chance meetings, memories which loom large in the moment and then fade away. There’s a poignant place of acceptance that things will change, and a window just before they do. I think Terrane exists in this space.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely – I’m looking forward to working on the live set once the album is released.

What else is happening next in Terrane’s world?

Second single “Let it Never Be” drops in the first week of September, followed by a third single and album release in October. I’ve also begun work already on a follow up album…

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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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