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INTERVIEW: Shutter

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

We’ve been great ! Working really hard on our upcoming new album “Abandon your Mind” since the spring and doing plenty of shows, can’t complain at all.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shine On Me”?

Absolutely, Shine On Me is a really important to us because its something we all wrote together instead of just one person coming up with the whole song. We really learned how to work together and find what we all loved.

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

Lyrically Jonni always tackles songs based on whatever he is feeling or something that he can relase to. “Shine On Me” was hard to write because its the most brutally honest song we have. Its about coming clean , reflecting, and realizing that you attact people who aren’t necessarily good for you. although through all of that you can find something positive and learn to find someone who brings happiness into your life, something new, something beneficial.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was very surreal. We got to work with our good friend who we call “Afro Voltage”. Originally we thought of recording the video at a carnival because it ties into the scenery of our last EP “Neon Dreams” and also because of the enviroment is so happy, pure, and genuine. Afro had mentioned we should go to somewhere that embodies what we would define as peace, and right away Jonni knew we had to hit his favorite park he’s been going to since a kid. From there it was all basically done aside from a few weird shots where Jonni is hanging out the window in the back of Dawids car going 40 MPH on a main road.

How was the recording and writing process?

Different than anything we had ever done at the time, until then we only recorded with other people’s amps and pedals but we decided to use our own stuff and really experiment to find OUR sound and do weird stuff with pedals. Thats really where Jonni’s exuberant obession for pedals started to take place.

What role does NJ play in your music?

There is a abundent Alternative Scene in & around New Jersey such as, PA, MA, and most inportantly NYC where shoegaze reigns supreme in dark night clubs. Being from around here so close to everything was an absolutely beneficial platform to start and grow to where we are.

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?

Everything. the 90s was the time to be alive, everything new & innovative was happening. It was the point in time where “Rock” and “Alternitive” music was popular all over again. MTV was at its prime, I remeber growing up and watching Smashing Pumpkins music videos on there. Our Favorite bands are also from the 90s so thats a big one. It was just a really happy time to grow up in and be a kid.

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

One Hundred Percent. Lots of new material in the very near future! we finished recording our Debut album over the summer, now we are just waiting on mixes back to fine tune everything to make sure we love it just as much as we want everyone else to love it. So much detail, blood, sweat, tears, long days and nights at the studio where put into this so we want to make sure it exceeds not only our expectations but everyone elses.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

Early 2020, start the year off with a big bang! we are going to be calling this album “Abandon your Mind”. Its a motto Jonni has had since before the band formed and it basically means to find peace and be with the world you need to abandon your mind and see everything for what it is.

How did you go on blending and balancing your Alternative Rock love with your Shoegaze roots?

It just happened. At first it was just about big fuzzy grungy riffs but eventually with experimenting with pedals and effects Jonni realized how much he loved those odd spacey effects and noises from the Shoegaze side of things, then blended them together to form something that has elements of both that we all love. Growing up with Dinosaur Jr, Ride, and My Bloody Valentine being some of Jonni’s favorite bands it wasn’t really an odd or difficult idea to put the two together for us.

Any plans to hit the road ?

Very, Very soon. We are planning a short Spring tour, then a week and a half on the road in the Summer time. Don’t know exactly where we are headed but hopefully not just an East Coast tour. We are pushing to see our friends and fans in the West as well.

What else is happening next in Shutter’s world?

After the album and touring we are hoping we can meet new friends on the road. Connect with new bands, learn to grow as not only a band but best friends. We run the band like friends doing something we love together, figuring that more love that goes into it the happier we are as a group and the easier it is to be together to write and record!

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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