Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All: Yes, we are great thanks, it feels great to finally have our debut album out into the world!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Ghost Town”?
JC: “Ghost Town” is the 4th single on our debut album, Highlights! It features the amazing ROZES too, whom we have been a fan of ever since we heard her song “Roses” with The Chainsmokers!
How was the filming process and experience behind the “Ghost Town” music video?
JC: We shot the music video out in Philadelphia, in a creepy mansion. ROZES was such a professional and we had such a good laugh on set.
The single comes off your new album, Highlights – did any event in particular inspire you to write this song and what’s the story behind the title?
JC: A lot of the songs on the album are situations either I’ve gone through or situations friends have gone through. This song in particular is about being stuck in a relationship where convenience has been put ahead of love in terms of importance. All the excitement, passion and friendship has expired and the relationship itself left resembling a ghost town.
What was it like to work with ROZES and how did that relationship develop? What did she bring to the table?
JC: The initial idea was never written to be a duet, it just kind of naturally happened. We thought the song was finished and when ROZES sent back her vocal on it she added this little middle 8 idea melody to the end of it which we all just loved!! It just had to be on the final version!
Having recorded and written this in three different locations – how did all these different environments get to influence the music on this record?
Freddie: Writing in LA meant that we were on different time zones to our friends and family for the most part of the day. This removed a lot of distractions for us and let us really focus on the writing process. London brings with it an element of competition as there are so many talented musicians looking to build their reputations, and the countryside always brings a sense of calm to the process!
You also get to work with a wide array of producers and collaborators – how did you guys go about balancing and sharing your creative ideas?
Huss: It’s always interesting when there are more people involved in a song, generally though you always do what’s best for the song itself. In the Flawes world we keep everything open and free in our writing sessions, everyone is free to speak their mind and bring ideas to the table. Which helps create an honest, creative environment.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
JC: We don’t like to put any rules on the way we make music, we always like to let the song take its natural course. This is the same when writing just the three of us, or when writing with other artists and songwriters.
What role does the UK play in your music?
Freddie: We’ve all lived in the country since we born, so we owe it the memories that went on to shape our music!
Any plans to hit the road?
Huss: Yeah as soon as we can! Playing live is what we do this for, we’re heading out to South By South West festival in Austin, Texas next month to play our first run of US shows, then we have some UK dates that are on sale now at flawes.com and then hopefully European dates after that and then we’re in festival season!
What else is happening next in Flawes’ world?