Pretty solid to be honest thank you, hyped on the new release and excited for what’s to come!
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “unbelievable”?
Unbelievable was a song written to portray betrayal and lies within relationships whether that be family, friendship, love etc. The concept behind the music video suggests that someone who has been lied to or talked about behind their back will have felt in the dark, out of control or blind to what has been going. The person in the chair in the music video is to represent a liar who now feels trapped, out of control, and blind to what’s going on. Lewis and jot circling the chair and speaking to the person suggests the guilt of lying. It’s a big metaphor I guess.
3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Our current and up and coming songs are fitting within a theme of “human nature” e.g. lying, taking things for granted, changing for the better and many other things…(TEASERS). As mentioned above, unbelievable came about not necessarily from a specific situation but lying is something we have all experienced at some point in our lives.
4. How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Unbelievable was fun to film, very dark though! We were in a barn for 15 hours over two days. Our actor, Nina Salgado-Nacke, had to stay blindfolded for the whole 7 hours of the first day, she only took it off once to eat her lunch so for her I can imagine it being quite tedious. She said she loved being a part of it and enjoyed it though! The video came out how we wanted it to and we enjoyed suggesting shots and working with Tony Palmer (filmer) as we always do, he’s a great laugh and always produces a quality end product for us! Our special effects make up artist Natalie Allahna, did a great job of getting nina into the right look and patching her eyes for the very last shot etc. We would recommend her highly and she was a real joy to work with!
5. What was it like to work with Jot Maxi, (solo artist and co vocalist of Hackitivist) and what did he bring to the table?
When Evan and Chris were going to pick him up, they were unsure of what he would be like, how the weekend was going to pan out, what if we didn’t get on as much as we wanted? The whole band being massive fans of Hacktivist, this was a big thing for us. After spending two days with Jot, filming a music video, going to the pub, bowling and pool with the guy, we can genuinely say we couldn’t have picked a better person to spend our time with. He was an absolute pleasure to work and hang with and we have future plans of seeing him again. And if that wasn’t enough, it turns out, Jot Maxi is also a videographer for music videos himself and therefore brought way more to the table than we could have dreamed of and for Tony aswell! He was so focused and dedicated when it came to filming and we appreciate everything he has done!
6. How was the recording and writing process?
This song was the first in the heavier direction we took. As soon as we wrote the intro, we knew it was going to be our next release and has inspired our consistency in writing the songs you will all hear soon. As it was being written, we could all almost hear Jot rapping in it. We knew he had to be on the track and decided to follow through with the idea. We sent Jot our full demo of the track and he said “I fell in love with it instantly and lyrical ideas were bouncing around my head as soon as heard it”. Recording this song came in two parts due it first being in our old tuning drop D. A few weeks later, we decided for Lewis’s voice, we would drop the key of the song to C and it came together so much better on the second recording. Our producer Pash Stratton worked his producer magic as he usually does and got our track sounding the best it possibly could and we are so proud of it!
7. What role does the UK play in your music?
In our area, indie rock plays a big part in the music scene and we use to be a part of that scene. We decided to go with our love for heavier genres but maintain the melodic and popular elements of music you hear so often In the UK. The UK hosts some of the biggest pop rock / metal bands such as Bring Me The Horizon who have inspired us to go forth with this style. We’re confident that this new style will take us further than we have have gone before and we can reach out to so many different people and opportunities.
8. Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
We have spent 2019 trying to reinvent our sound. We haven’t done nothing during this time, we have written and written and have plenty of material (some recorded) ready that will be coming to your ears very soon. We are so excited!
9. Any tentative release date or title in mind?
You can expect 2 releases early next year and titles will be revealed closer to the time.
10. Any plans to hit the road?
We are still in early planning for a tour but we are very eager to get out there and show off our new music. There will be gigs next year, so look out and come to a show to experience the NEW AGE.
11. What else is happening next in the collisions world?
We have a full plan for 2020 of dates for all kinds of new things one of which will be fan interaction through new videos, ideas and events.