INTERVIEW: Born Animal

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

Hey VENTS! We’re doing great – trying not to go stir crazy during shelter-in-place. But hey, now we’ve got lots of time to make more sweet music for your ears.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “15 Seconds”?

15 Seconds is our response to the question “how can we bring the raw, rockin’ energy of our stage performances to the listeners at home?”. We worked really hard to capture the key elements of our live sound to make you shake your booty and bop your head. –Stephen

I’ve loved this song from the second we started creating it. I think it shows a lot of growth from our previous releases, and everything on the track feels intentional. We thought about all the tiny details, but we weren’t afraid to let the ‘studio magic’ happen and keep those moments of spontaneity. Combine that with the creativity of our producer (Alex Carter) and mix engineer (Ben O’Neil), and we made something we’re really proud of. – Ryan

It’s a throwback to what I really like about rock music – dancing and having fun. Playing a beat I like and hearing a guitar riff I like and putting those things together really excites me. And the lyrical content of the song is something we can all relate to. I just love playing this song! – Adam

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

It sure sounds like it huh? The unfaithful lover in the song isn’t a real person, but some of the details in the song are very real. Like the picture of the guy wearing my shirt – that actually happened to me. But I was also inspired by my friends’ romantic lives, as well as my obsession with reddit’s r/relationshipadvice page. If you’re looking for some good drama, I can’t recommend it enough.  – Ryan

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a lot of hard work, but it was a lot of fun too. We worked with Aaron and Ashley from Scotty Films who are amazing filmmakers and people. They really understood the vision behind the video and we’re really proud of the final result. – Stephen

It was totally seamless. The people we worked with were just so amazing. They made our jobs so easy and just let us perform. They also made our last video for our song ‘What You Got’ and we’re thankful to be able to work with them again. – Adam

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded the song at a studio called Alex The Great in Nashville. It’s in a vibey old house full of old pianos and amps – a lot of which are featured on the song. It’s the same studio where Soccer Mommy recorded their newest album. I firmly believe vibe is at least 50% of what makes a studio great. – Ryan

Recording a song is so much easier with talented people because they make you better. Everyone we worked with elevated our sound. Writing with Ryan is just a blast – we wrote that song in the best way possible, just by having fun and doing the things that made us smile and feel good. – Adam

What role does Nashville play in your music?

There’s plenty of talented musicians and bands in town that inspire us and play a role in how we make music. Nashville has such a supportive and fostering community, and we’re very grateful to call this city our home! –Stephen

It’s pretty amazing how Nashville still feels small. I actually met Ben O’Neil, the mixing engineer on the track, by happenstance outside a coffee shop I frequent. It’s great to be surrounded by such talent – you never know who you’re going to meet. – Ryan

It’s put me together with the people I want to make music with. When you’re a small fish in a big pond, there’s plenty of bigger fish to work with. Nashville definitely still has that natural rock sound that’s missing from the world right now, and we’re happy to represent. – Adam

Which artists have had the biggest influences on your writing?

Some of my favorite songwriters are Matt Berninger, Dave Grohl, Matt Schultz, Julian Casablancas, and Justin Vernon. For this track, I was listening to a lot of Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, and Trophy Eyes. – Ryan

I have a very eclectic taste but I love artists like Thundercat, Snarky Puppy, Cage the Elephant and Alvvays! I take a lot of my bass playing influences from Victor Wooten, Jon Paul Jones, and Michael League. – Stephen

Ben Rector has always been a personal favorite mine. I also love Nashville’s own Colony House, and I always keep it funky and fresh with some Vulfpuck. – Adam

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

The bright side of being practically locked inside for a while is that we get more time to focus on writing. We’ve got a couple of songs we’re working on right now that we think have some serious potential. Once we give them the finishing touches and find the right people to work with… watch out! – Stephen

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’d love to give away some secret information, but everything’s so uncertain right now. Some things can be done at home, but others can’t. The second we can get in a studio, you’ll find us there. – Ryan

Any plans to hit the road?

We had an awesome show in Atlanta earlier this year and we can’t wait to get back! Shout out to our ATL homies if you’re reading this! – Ryan

Hopefully things will clear up soon in this crazy world and we can get on the road and meet some new people and visit some old friends we’ve made! -Stephen

What else is happening next in Born Animal’s world?

Quarantine is allowing us to grow in a really unique way and we’re leaning into that. We’re experimenting with new sounds and arrangements, and really excited to see where it leads us. – Ryan

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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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