Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mangata”?
Sure. mångatais a Swedish word for roadlike reflection of moonlight on water.
We love to wrap our brains around some melancholic theme or event. Sometimes it can be funny, sometimes not soo funny.
We couldn’t print anywhere Mångata with a Swedish å so it simple became Mangata. And it was probably a little bit problematic for the keyboards. 🙂
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
It came from a dark place with a glimpse of hope. I think everyone in the band likes good storytelling and structure. At least we’re trying to create it. We don’t want anything to be too linear.
The single comes off your new album Round 2 – what’s the story behind the title?
We’re from a small country. It’s not so usual around here that you have the opportunity to travel the world, sign to a big label, or get some recognition or reward. Round 2 is actually what happened between 2 albums and a backslap to all those who didn’t believe in us. When you sit between two rounds and contemplate your next step, you know…(laugh)
How was the recording and writing process?
Producer Milos Mihajlovic(studio Blaze) helped us a lot. Since we’re coming from different musical backgrounds, it’s as easy to fall into certain “Creative traps.” Finding your identity and creating something personal, yet accessible can’t be easy. I don’t think we’ve made our best record yet, but it’s something that we’re striving for. I believe every song you make is like Voldemort Horcruxes. If you’re not careful, it’s going to get you.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
What role does Serbia play in your music?
Do you want an honest answer or a diplomatic answer? (laughs)
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
For example, Yura (song from Round 2) is about a Soviet Bear who was like a circus bear, and they would give alcohol to a poor creature. He got rehabilitated in some animal resort. Shit, you not, I read the article somewhere, and I was so pissed off.
Defpotec is a funny story. I was hammered at a bar, and I went to the bathroom. There was a picture of some letters. Turn’s out to be; it was the same one as you can see at the Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) when they check your eyesight. I couldn’t see at first then I tried to focus, and the letters were Defpotec(if you can’t see this from 3 feet, it’s not good) The owner of the bar thought it was funny to check you’re eyesight at the bathroom when you’re probably drunk. You can check word Defpotec on Google. Then I called the guys, and we made a song about Drinking, etc.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. American Soil. I hope soon.
What else is happening next in ITC H’s world?
We got some remixes from Beau Hill, brilliant and humble guy, one of the creators of Interscope records. We got Couple of remixes from Adrian Hawk Melendez and Mazel the Soundmaster.
Were exploring our possibilities, you know EDM and other stuff. It’s entertaining. We got a lot of demos to work on.