INTERVIEW: Heartour

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

Hey!  I’ve been great thanks.  It’s a fun time for me finally starting to release all of these tunes out into the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Refill The Fountain”?

Yeah sure.  Refill the Fountain is about the wonders of nature and how we sometimes forget that we are a part of the natural world.  I worked on it on and off for a while before it started to take shape. Musically it started off as a keyboard jam and I kept layering ideas but the right vocal parts eluded me so I had to leave it alone and come back later with fresh ideas.  It went in a few different directions lyrically before I stumbled upon the whole fountain idea.

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

Different parts of the song were inspired by different things.  The “colors in the air” and the “boat coming down the river” lines were inspired by a sunset in Washington state with my friends a few years ago overlooking the Columbia River.  The “Mamas gonna wake you up” part is mother nature.

The single comes off your new album R U I N – what’s the story behind the title?

“Are you in” is the closing line from the song Bubbling.  Bubbling is one of my favorite songs on the record and I like the idea of spelling it “R U IN” because everything we create in this life seems to be impermanent.  Our greatest creations will one day become ruins and maybe that’s ok.

How was the recording and writing process?

The music itself was all recorded and written at the same time at my home studio over the past 2 years.  Then the vocals were recorded and edited by my friend Jorge Vivo at his studio.  I’ve worked with Jorge in some capacity on almost every record I’ve made in the past 15 years.

What was it like to work with Tony Hoffer and how did that relationship develop?

Tony has been on my radar for years but I never really thought about trying to work with him until I was looking for a mixer for this record.  I’m glad he was into it because this record wouldn’t sound like it does without his input.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Tony definitely brought more creative ideas to the table than I was expecting from a mix engineer.  He really helped shape the sonic world that these songs live in and while keeping things true to my initial vision he highlighted and accented certain parts.  He also added a lot of cool delay effects to the vocals which took things to new heights and I love the way he mixed the drums.

What made you want to go for a much retro vibe with this album?

I didn’t intentionally go for a retro vibe and was inspired by a lot of modern production while recording.  In general though I naturally gravitate more towards warmer organic sounds while working within electronic music.  Not to mention my influences are mostly 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock so that’s bound to seep into things.

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

Musical inspiration mostly came in the moment from playing and just jamming.  Lyrical inspiration comes from everywhere.  Sometimes I’ll come up with a line I like, write it down and months later it will wind up working its way into a piece of music I’ve written.  I think of lyrics while reading, listening to podcasts and of course every time I travel there is always a flood of lyrical ideas in my iphone when I come home.

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans for shows this year.

What else is happening next in Heartour’s world?

Working on some art and videos for the R U IN songs and then back to writing new songs.  After taking such a long break from writing between Submarine Sounds and R U IN, I feel like I’m just getting started again!

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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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