INTERVIEW: Whitacre

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

Thanks for having us! We’re living the dream right now. We just added a big festival show in Beaver Creek, Colorado in December and are feeling the high from that right now.

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

‘Peach’ has been out for almost a month now and we’re getting really good feedback! We love hearing people’s thoughts on the new music and can’t wait to play it live more next year.

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

After meeting my girlfriend’s family (now my wife) after one month of dating, I had some pretty crazy emotions. I think that trip home with her is what initially sparked the song and I came up for the melody shortly after.

The single comes off your new album Seasons – what’s the story behind the title?

‘Seasons’ is a metaphor for the different stages of life we all go through and the opportunity to learn and grow from each of those times. We wanted an album that faced challenging, real life issues that could be relatable to anyone that listened.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process happened incredibly fast. We booked time in the studio to record two songs, but that environment turned out to be so helpful for our creativity. We ended up bringing a bunch of half-baked songs into the studio and recorded a whole album without even really thinking twice about it.

What was it like to work with Joe Richmond and how did that relationship develop?

I love this question because I love to brag about Joe. If you met him, you wouldn’t think that he’s played sold-out arena tours with ‘P!nk’ or a half dozen shows at Red Rocks, but he has. He’s the most humble person in the industry and every time we work with him, the experience is better than the last.

We met Joe through another Denver friend and things clicked quickly. Similar to the way the ‘Seasons’ record developed, we were only supposed to do one song with Joe in 2018, and then we recorded our full EP ‘Within The Mountains’ Shadows.’ We love that guy.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Joe recognized early on that while elements of our music have a straight-forward rock sound, there are some really weird chords/ideas that make us unique. Because he caught onto that so quickly, we’ve really welcomed him into the creative process in writing and recording.

What role does Denver play in your music?

I’ve said this a ton of times before, but if this band had formed anywhere else but Denver, we wouldn’t be half of what we are now. The local music scene has curators, tastemakers and creative minds that give us pro-level opportunities that most local bands never get to see. We’re super thankful to be based out of Denver.

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

The inspiration came from all of us in the group. We all agreed early on that ‘Seasons’ felt like a fitting album title, and we let that direct the storyline of the record and songs. Some of the inspiration comes from the balance of having a 9-5 day job on top of being in a band, while some are about relationships. The lyrical content of each song differs quite a bit from the last, but the whole record has a full storyline that we’re proud of.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re currently working through booking a U.S. tour in 2020 to support this album release – stay tuned for dates!

What else is happening next in WHITACRE’s world?

We just had one of the busiest seasons of life we’ve ever had. Almost everyone in the band got married, we’ve gone through job changes, the band is booming more than ever and we’re just trying to balance it all out. We’re excited for some downtime in the holidays to be creative and work on new music.

LISTEN TO “PEACH” HERE

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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