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INTERVIEW: Aurin

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

Thank you so much for having us! We are doing great and have been keeping busy getting everything ready for our upcoming album release “Serotonin”!

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

Sarah: Absolutely! The song “Brother” is about the thoughts and feelings that coincide with losing someone to suicide.

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

Andrew: My brother took his own life. I never knew how to really deal with that loss. For the longest time I was simply traumatized by it. Nothing made sense. It even took me something like 5 years to get the courage to write this song about it…or at least to get into the right headspace to. I wanted a song that could honor his memory. I didn’t want it to come out of grief, anger, or sadness. I wanted it to reflect on what his life truly meant. I needed to write a song that could not only do that, but also reach other suicide survivors and people contemplating taking their own lives as well.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Sarah: It was an extremely hot day in Brooklyn, haha! Aside from that, filming the video was an amazing experience. Our lead actors Tim Martinez and Kaan Akyol did an incredible job of portraying what depression and a mental breakdown can be like. We also had some incredibly brave people who lost someone to suicide be apart of this video, and are very grateful that they shared their stories and feelings with us and the rest of the world. We really hope this video reaches out to others to let them know they are not alone, and if it helps even ONE person off of that metaphorical ledge , then our job is done.

Andrew: I wanted to throw up the entire time. The band and everyone else there who came out in support really kept me grounded. I wanted to shoot it on a rooftop in order to memorialize the city my brother loved, lived, and died in.

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

Sarah: The album title was really based on one of the first songs we wrote for the album, which was the song “Serotonin”. I wrote this song about what it feels like to battle depression, having to take medication and how desperate it can feel wanting to make it go away. The song kind of deals with the overall theme of our music and is very representative of the direction we are heading musically, so we thought it would be a perfect fit.

How was the recording and writing process?

Andrew: Fun & stressful simultaneously. When we decided to go with Mike Ferretti, we set a time-line to get everything written by. We have never worked within a time-line before, at least to write. We ended up scrapping a lot of the songs we were already working on and trying a new approach. We developed a ton of ideas and slowly whittled them away to the best ones and tightened those up. We felt that all the songs needed to flow right and feel organic, not only from a song-perspective, but fitting within the album as well. It was a lot of pressure, but it got us all to work hard and push to create what I believe to be the best material we have ever put out.

What was it like to work with Mike Ferretti and how did that relationship develop?

Sarah: Mike is very professional and very efficient at what he does. We can’t recommend him enough. He has worked with some amazing artists such as Sevendust and Thank You Scientist. We initially met him after the producer for our last album, Jason Corsaro, passed away. Mike worked alongside him for many years, and we just began talking. At the time, Mike was building a studio of his own and we were in discussion about doing an album together in the future.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Sarah: The songs were pretty much complete when we brought him in. What Mike offered was some constructive criticism to make things sound better from an outside perspective, and we definitely followed his advice with some of those things. They were mostly arrangement/repetition opinions more than anything.

What role does NJ play in your music?

Sarah: NJ is our home state and we love it very much. There are some great venues we’ve made relationships with over the years such as Debonair music hall, Starland Ballroom, and Dingbatz to name a few. There are a lot of great bands here that we’ve made friends with over the years, and it’s amazing when we all support each other. We also love being able to work with the great radio stations that are here such as WSOU, who give so many artists a platform to be heard.

What aspect of society and life did you get to explore on this record?

Sarah: The songs were inspired by various subjects, such as the divides placed between us through the media and political parties, raising mental illness awareness, and the overall need for change in our society. We need to become better and all start working together. These were raw feelings for us when we began writing.

Andrew: For me, creating music has always been a way to work out my inner demons. I think it’s that way for all of us in Aurin. Things like mental illness, suicide fallout & ideations, addiction, pain, and loneliness were always at the forefront of our music, thematically. I used to work in the mental health field, and it is corrupt on the highest level. Like most things, it is more about making a buck than actually helping people in need. Much like our prison systems, it is developed to keep people inside it, not rehabilitate them.

What made you want to touch on some of these dark themes?

Sarah: Honestly, it’s just a part of who we are. We write what we feel comes naturally and we are dark people I guess, haha.

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

Sarah: Through personal endeavors, general observations, and even in literature. For instance, the song “The Stranger” was inspired by Camus. It was a novel that both fascinated me and made me uncomfortable.

Any plans to hit the road?

Sarah: Right now, we have our album release show scheduled at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ on 9/14/19 with our good friends in Methodical, Concrete Dream, Another Distraction and Unkempt Herald. We have also sponsored a raffle along with our good friends at Puncture Wounds Clothing, and Old Bridge Metal Militia to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

We will also be playing the East Coast Ride for Dime show on 9/21/19 at Drafter’s outdoors in Dudley Massachusetts, which will be another amazing charity event.

Aside from that, we are in the process of booking tour dates for this fall/winter and early 2020, so stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Aurin’s world?

Andrew: We just want to reach as many people as we can. Whether that is simply through our music, by coming to them and pouring our hearts out on that stage, or some other means. Music saved my life as a child, and continues to do so. We just want to be able to contribute back to what has brought so much comfort, motivation, and change throughout our lives.

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