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INTERVIEW: Mild Minds

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

Great, excited to have the album out of course.

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

Its the only track with a collaborative vocalist on the album.

“Boats” and I wrote the song wanting to approach it from a dichotomous angle.

We wanted to talk about the walls and divisiveness between people at the moment.

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

For “Boats” it was inspired by Trumps border Wall proposal and migration.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

That was all up to Colin Read the director. But it turned out to be a great video that really touches on the emotion we wanted as well as hints at the idea of migration and displacement.

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

Geee, it was so long ago! I think it was a word that I was pulled into visually and it felt bold and powerful.

How was the recording and writing process of MOOD?

I basically let go of everything I was used to doing for this project. Historically I’ve always talked myself out of doing certain things based on what I had been trained by the industry.

Basically ‘if its not going to sell dont do it’

This would lead me to stop exploring more abstract songs and ideas, and although these aren’t that abstract, its a beginning. I really want to explore structure a lot more on my next release. For this LP in particular I had a few trips away in solitude, listened to new music that I was enjoying and just let it all come out.

Would you call “Walls” a departure from your previous musical work?

Musically it’s not too dissimilar, but Walls in some ways it the most “song-y” track on the album, with clear and almost direct lyrics. It’s the one that tries to tell a more literal story.

What role does Melbourne play in your music?

It kind of forces you to be quite critical. People have a good taste and hold you to it.

How did your musical perspective have change as you move into LA?

At first it allowed me to feel a little more independent with what I was influenced by, as opposed to letting the scene influence it. It took a while to get to the place I want to be, but it helps you to just be yourself.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely, but at the moment it’s all about studio time until there’s enough of a interest to play some international shows! I think for the moment it will mostly be support slots. 

What else is happening next in Mild Minds’ world?

Learning about the world, art and humanity as much as possible. These days I’m finding a lot of inspiration outside of music and current topics or politics. I like the idea of seeing earth and humanity from an outside perspective, it’s become far too introspective and too much conflict for my liking.

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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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