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INTERVIEW: The Pink Dust

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

Hey, thanks for having us.  We’re great!  We woke up last week and found ourselves in a new decade with a new record, and we’re open to all possibilities…

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

Cliff: We generally have a lot of collaboration on the music, but in this case, Roy had this piece of music, and I thought it sounded perfect as is.  The instrumental beginning that opens up into this song with such restrained power.  It moved me and still does.

Roy: I was experimenting a lot with sampling our own instruments and vocals, like pitching things down, reversing stuff, etc. With “Fathom”, it was the first track in this new collection of material for us that really found its own fresh and exciting vibe, and once Cliff laid down the vocals for it, the song really came alive for me. It went to another level, and I knew we found our “flagship” track for this new sound.

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

Roy: Not an event in particular but just the constant hope to write our next best song and create something we had never done before. In an era where lots of producers are using tools like Splice, sample libraries, and even A.I. to create music, it’s easy to just rehash sounds and let that take the life from the creative process. Even though I think some of the tools are cool, I try to create sounds and tones completely from scratch if possible, which is why I started sampling our own guitars, basses, synths, etc.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Definitely, we’re working with Van Velvet in Barcelona, Spain who produced our She video.  She’s awesome, and we’re really looking forward to sharing the video with everyone soon.  We’re hoping to have it completed in the next week or two.

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

Cliff:  For me, the song Fathom is a great representation of where we are musically right now, and it just spoke to us as the title track for this collection of songs.  It’s also kind of a cool word, you know.

How was the recording and writing process?

Cliff: Working with Roy is just great fun.  When it’s time to write and record, we work fast and efficiently, and we laugh a lot.  Our biggest delays aren’t getting stuck on vocals or on a certain musical passage, it’s telling too many stories and acting a fool.  During our last session, a hawk raided Roy’s chicken coop, and Roy actually caught the hawk in the coop, and that bird was mad.  It was crazy!  Roy was being a very protective dad to his hens, until he realized he was dealing with a bird of prey with some serious talons.  He smartly let it out, and all the chickens survived the ordeal.  Those hens have allowed me to poach a mean egg in-between takes.

Roy: I think in some weird, deep down place inside, I want to be that hawk, like it’s my spirit animal or something.  I’m glad I had an experience so close with a wild animal like that… it was intense.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

Cliff:    I would call it a progression.  There’s no doubt that it has taken us a few records to figure out what exactly is our collaboration.  This record just feels right, and we hope others can relate to the songs, because it feels like our direction moving forward.

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

Roy: I’m constantly searching for inspiration, consciously or subconsciously.  The other day I came across my son’s sketch book, and I was blown away at how good it was! Both my sons are really into Manga now, and because of my two boys, I’ve been reading a series called One Piece by Elichiro Oda. So, my inspiration comes from a steady diet of books, film, art, and any other medium I run across that moves me.

Cliff: I think we’re both good translating how we’re feeling into the mood of a new song and lyrics.  In the case of the title track, the word “fathom” has several connotations, be it a measure of depth or understanding, which was the jumping off point for the lyrics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Thus far, our schedules and other commitments have prevented us from touring, but we plan to start playing live this year.  It may be acoustic sets to start with, but it would be a lot of fun to put an entire band together and see the full potential of these songs.

What else is happening next in The Pink Dust’s world?

We’ve go some sync placements in the works, so hopefully, you’ll find these songs popping up on shows like MTV The Challenge and other places as well.  We may also have an opportunity to play an acoustic set at SXSW in March which we’re psyched about.  We look forward to seeing you there…

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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