INTERVIEW: High Waisted

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

JESS: We’re stoked to be back with some new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Boys Can’t Dance”?

JESS: It’s a song about freeing yourself from stress and worry so you can enjoy time with friends. Everyone deserves a break from hard work and everyone deserves to dance.

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

JESS: I had been in what I like to call hermit mode, cooped up in my apartment trying to write new music and it wasn’t coming easily until I decided to write about what I wished I was doing: out dancing with my friends.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

JONO: We got to work with director and one of our closest friends, Zach Wright, along with his production family out in LA. The final concept for the dance number was determined the day before we started filming and honestly, it could not have been a more smooth and enjoyable process. Huge shout out to Paddy Connor, the lead of the video, along with Zach Bass, producer/editor, and Angela Solouki, costume designer/stylist.

The single comes off your new album Sick of Saying Sorry – what’s the story behind the title?

JESS: It pulls from my experiences of being a woman in the music industry. I found myself on autopilot, apologizing for every little thing – even if it didn’t warrant it. I’ve been combatting the inherent misogyny I’ve been raised with, this feeling of being less and as if I’m always in the wrong and messing up. During the writing process I realized I had surrounded myself with a lot of people who made me feel this way.  “Sorry” became the new “um” or “like” and I wanted to seize back control over the word, the power it holds and who deserves that sentiment from me.

How was the recording and writing process?

JESS: For every amazing moment or break through there was an equally difficult or heart breaking moment. It was emotionally fragmented and balanced.

What was it like to work with Tad Kubler and Arun Bali and how did those relationships develop? How much did they get to influence the album?

JONO: Tad was a large part of the preproduction process as well as recording at Russell Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Arun did all of the post production out of his studio in Nashville. We couldn’t have made this album happen without them.

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

JESS: It’s impossible not to. You have to find a common language of either shared experiences or cultural references to communicate together. Songwriting is pulling a sound from your head only you can hear. A good collaboration is when all parties can tune into that same frequency to create something unified.

What aspect of the afterparty life did you get to explore on this record?

JONO: There’s still plenty of partying going on but the album reflects us stepping into the next phase of our lives.

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

JESS: This album is a pretty even mix of personal life experiences being told through song and creative story telling about fictional people and places.

Any plans to hit the road?

JONO: We’re looking at some dates in major cities to celebrate the release—let’s say spring and maybe fall with some friends you may already be familiar with 🙂

What else is happening next in High Waisted’s world?

JONO: More art.

High Waisted – “Boys Can’t Dance”

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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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