INTERVIEW: ARABNORMAL

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

I’m great! Thanks. 

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

I had that melody in my bag for a few years, but the song didn’t really come together until we wrote that bridge. Which is kind of inspired by grace jones. We had Polanski’s Frantic on in a loop in the studio, and it functioned as a visual catalyst for that part. Not that you’ll necessarily hear that influence.

Tell us about the video for the track? 

Directed by Floor Wyns and her friend Stefan Kartchev. I didn’t know her, but Jonas, our bass player came up with the idea to let her go crazy, knowing she has a distinct visual aesthetic that would probably work well with our music. So we gave her carte blanche and she just ran with it. We had our friend Kim Vandenbergh cut it together in a couple of hours and that was it, no fuss, no second guessing. Turned out great in my opinion. People should check out Floor on instagram, handle @flopstical, she’s nice!

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why did you decide to name the record after the band?

Seemed like an obvious choice, I like self-titled debuts.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Niek and myself recorded the album near Stockholm where he’s been living for the past 14 years, he’s transformed this typical Swedish sauna cabin into a studio. I’d go up there for sessions regularly, in total we recorded around 18 songs, stuff I had finished already and songs we wrote together. We’d usually start by tracking drums and bass live together and then build. We drank and listened to music alot, beautiful experience. Saw my first bull moose right behind his house, huge fucker.

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

Sure. I think I’ve grown and the field of play got bigger. And I still feel like I’m only spreading my wingz

What role has an Eastern upbringing played in your music?

I wasn’t brought up Eastern, my father’s Tunisian and my mother’s Belgian. I guess me and my brother were brought up secularly, my father himself was too busy assimilating. But my parents played arabic music alot throughout the house, Oum Kalthoum and such, I’m sure that snuck into my sense of melody and scales.

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

Life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes we’re working on that. Maybe the UK, if we still can get in.

What else is happening next in ARABNORMAL’s world? 

Next month I’ll be in Sweden again to record our second album, there’s some good stuff in the pipeline. I’m excited!

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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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