INTERVIEW: Buck Twenty

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

Hey! Thank you so much for having us be a part of your magazine issue. We have been really well. Extremely excited for the new single.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All I Can Do”?

All I Can Do is really special to us because this is our first release in nearly 4 years. After our last single found some success, we really wanted to make sure we gave our fans something even better. After 4 years, we are really proud of how it sounds and we think that our fans will really enjoy it.

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

This song was actually written by Justin Wilson co-writer of #1 Billboard Single “Drunk Me” – Mitchell Tenpenny, John King co-writer of #1 Billboard Single “We Went” – Randy Houser and Chris Stevens “Everything’s Going To Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney. When we first heard this song we were blown away. It was exactly the kind of sound we wanted to capture as Buck Twenty. It’s funny, catchy and lots of fun to play live. So after we were pitched this song, we jumped on recording it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we have just finished up shooting the video for “All I Can Do”. We have never released a video of this quality before. It’s going to be exciting to show our fans. We love how it looks and think that they will feel the same way. The video will be available soon after the single release! Keep an eye out.

How was the recording and writing process?

We’ve had some recording experience in the past, but with this single and the entire EP we have never made anything at this level before. We were incredibly blessed to be working with award winning producers and in world renowned studios. Everything about this creative process has really raised the bar for us musically.

What was it like to work with Brian Howes and JVP? How did those relationships develop?

Our manager, Brian and JVP have been very close for a long time and that’s how we were connected. We would be lying if we didn’t say that we were nervous going in. Brian and JVP are two of the best producers in the world, so we wanted to make sure we brought our A-Game.  But, after having met them we instantly felt welcomed and valued. They have amazing chemistry together and are so good at what they do. As an artist, you never felt like your creativeness was being forced in a direction that wasn’t your own and they were always open to trying new ideas.

How much did they get to influence the song?

Sometimes it’s hard as an artist when you get to the recording stage because you know how you want something to sound, but can’t put it into words. Brian and Jay (JVP) really helped organize our creativity and helped bring anything we couldn’t put into words to life.

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

Our approach is definitely different when we are collaborating with others. Mike and I (Aidan), have a really great workflow together, but that took a long time to achieve that. We know we won’t have the same workflow when we start working with someone new, but there is something really amazing that comes with that. Different ideas, opinions and mindsets. The best music we have ever written, recorded, performed has been made through collaborating with others.  Working with others shapes who we are as artists and we learn so much from others too.

What role does Vancouver play in your music?

Vancouver holds a special spot in our hearts. It was the perfect place to finish our EP.  Spending 12-14 hours a day in a studio can be incredibly stressful at times, so being able to go for hikes, visit the stunning markets, share in a drink in such a beautiful city really helped us finish this project stress free.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, we have a new EP coming out soon and this single is just the first, off it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing as of yet, stay tuned.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have a few dates booked as of right now, but with the COVID pandemic things could change. Fingers crossed.

What else is happening next in Buck Twenty’s world?

We look forward to releasing more music and hitting the road whenever we can!

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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