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INTERVIEW: Saults

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

Hey there! Pretty good actually! It’s really exciting to be here with you guys. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Leave Me Then”?

“Leave Me Then” is the 3rd single we have released in 2019, after “On our Way” and “Getting Over”. All three has been produced by us and Matt Gooderham, and we are so proud of this song. It definitely shows a more “pop” side of Saults, and obviously, we want to keep pushing this way. 

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

Antoine Saults : Oh yeah. (laughs) Actually, the first time we met our manager Matt, he loved our single Kelly Ride, but wasn’t convinced by the other demos that I sent him. We had lunch together and he told me “Love you guys and you are clearly excellent musicians but currently, you just don’t have the songs, and until you have them, we can’t work together”.  I gotta be honest : it cut me to the core but he was right!  I wanted to show him that I could do it and when I came home, “Leave Me Then” came out of the blue in ten minutes.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely! We have made a video, directed by our long time friend and collaborator Sam de Salvador (from Wistsag, France). He worked with us on our first singles (I Wanna Jam and Kelly Ride). For this video, we went on a little road trip to Brittany in France and also to Marseille. We can’t wait to show it to everyone!  

How was the recording and writing process?

Antoine Saults : The song was written like, one year ago but has constantly evolved throughout the year. We recorded it in our bedrooms, in London, and then I produced the track up with the help of our manager, Matt. To be honest, I spent every night during summer, working on the sound of  “Leave Me Then”.  For example, I could leave in the middle of a party, just because I had new ideas popping up into my head. I just wanted it to be perfect.

What role does London play in your music?

All these new songs have been recorded in the past year, because of London and its British culture. We are constantly inspired by this way of life, the culture, these new bands and the emerging scene in the capital city. Also, we are pretty fortunate to be in a city where you can meet all sorts of inspiring people all the time. Living in London helped us grow up and more importantly, helped us develop our own sound.

How did your perspective change as you move from France over to the UK?

It changed everything. Literally. When we moved here two years ago, we had to leave our house, our friends, our parents, our fans. Everything was different but it was our choice. We won’t lie, it was hard… but not for long. Our entire childhood, we used to listen to British bands only : The Beatles, Oasis or Queen… . So, it was obvious for us to be here as all the music we loved actually came from London but more generally from a British background.

What is it like to have the legendary Pete Townsend as a fan?

What can we say? It’s just amazing and… unexpected. (laughs). No but seriously, we are so happy.  Antoine is a big fan of The Who and Pete Townshend, he is one of his heroes. Receiving words like this from him, a legend, it is just unbelievable. At first, we could not believe it, because it seemed like a dream to us.  But now, we can’t ignore it and have to tell ourselves  “Alright, so now Pete Townshend is a fan of Saults. And that’s a fact.”

Does he put any pressure on you as you work on a new material?

In a way, sure. But it is a positive pressure because it forces us to live up to this great man’s expectations. His words give us some confidence that you can’t afford to ignore as an emerging band.

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

Yes, exactly! We’ve got an EP coming, with two new tracks on it. Our first album was released in 2016 but now, Saults is a totally different band.  We can’t wait to share it with everyone because we are so excited and eager to see how the public is going to react.  It is stressful, but exciting! 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The EP is called “On Our Way” and it will be released on the 5th of December. We are also having a release party in London on the 12th of December at Gigi’s in Hoxton, (known previously as the Underbelly). 

Any plans to hit the road?

We hope so! With this EP, we hope that we will get the chance to hit the road next year as our tour in France and in London, earlier in September, was amazing.

What else is happening next in Saults’ world?

We keep writing new songs all the time, and we can’t wait to play them. If you want to stay in Saults’ world, just be sure to follow us on social and streaming platforms and sign up to our mailing list. 

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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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