Hi The Silhouet, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! My debut album is finally out, and it feels great.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Speak Up”?
Speak Up is about guiding a person through tough times; giving faith and self-confidence in those who lack it or need more of it. It is about renewal and overcoming personal struggles.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No particular event. The inspiration was drawn from where I used to be and how I overcame particular struggles.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming of the video started off with myself pitching ideas to the videographer. He liked the ideas so much that the majority of the ideas came to fruition in post. I chose the abandoned Wyman-Gordon powerplant as the primary setting. The dark-screen shots were actually shot in my parents home, in one of the bedrooms and we let the fog machine rip! The green-screen shots were also done in the same room. I wanted to get a dark and rustic vibe to the video, with a hint of light. I think we managed to pull that off. The experience was amazing and a lot of fun. A cool historical fact, the Wyman-Gordon powerplant closed in 1986, the same year I was born.
The single comes off your new album Agent of Change– what’s the story behind the title?
The story is quite simple: change is needed in the music industry. I feel that an agent is needed to create that change. That agent is The Silhouet.
How was the recording and writing process?
The songs were written within a span of about three to four years. Initial tracking took place in our studio over a year ago with my brother, Roger Bozek, who is the primary songwriter and the engineer behind the album. I wrote a few of the songs with my brother, but the majority were solely written by him. We then sent off the tracks to our Producer-engineer, Nick Monti, who took the songs to the next level, adding additional instrumentation and also mixed each song. Jeff Heard at GTR Studios then mastered the tracks at his studio.
How deep in the dark did you get to go on this record?
The songs themselves possess a dark quality. Well, maybe not every single one, but the majority of the songs have some lyrical content that is quite dark. We didn’t want to turn the whole record into a dark gothic album, but of course we played with the idea of gothic themes and imagery. I like to think the album possesses a dark folk/ rock vibe.
How did you go on balancing the darkness with the much uplifting tone?
Primarily though uplifting melodies and instrumentation. Adding higher pitches and lighter tones to the initial dark measures that are present in the songs enabled the balance.
What aspect of life itself did you get to explore on this record?
There are several aspects of life we explored. The yearning and desire for love, for lust, and for living all come out in these songs. And then balancing those desires and yearnings with the concept of death, of loneliness, and of abandonment.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Just really taking in all that life has to offer: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Any plans to hit the road?
Spring of 2020 looks promising!
What else is happening next in The Silhouet’s world?
Another video is in the works for the next single titled “She’ll Fix You.” Release date has not been established. Stay Tuned!!