INTERVIEW: Stepping Sideways

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

Hey Vents! Thanks for having us. We’ve been great. We are focused on remaining healthy and productive while dealing with this strange time together.

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

Solace is our first release in a series of preludes leading up to the beginning of our cosmic story Chronicles: The Secret War. While the video projects a story connected to our concept, the meaning of the song remains very personal.

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

Personal events dealing with intense depression, anxiety and ultimately the realizations that we didn’t have to be stuck within the same cycle, that we could become more than what we give ourselves credit for. Those were giant inspirations in the fulfillment of this track.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process itself was incredibly difficult yet massively satisfying and fun! Our guitarist, Joey Vasatka directed the video and we really pushed ourselves with grand ideas while trying to keep it under-budget. We worked fully in house with a hand picked crew by our own production company, “Dreamseeker Productions” (which we shoot everything through). We were blessed to be able to work with industry professionals in every department and it shone in our abilities to create stunning VFX and massive stunts. The experience overall was amazing. The whole band stepped up. It really offered us the next step in fulfilling our dreams of not only being successful musicians, but innovative and unique filmmakers.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote this song with Jonathan Dolese of Konkrete Studios in Kenner, LA. He really took the time necessary to help us shape this new sound. So much credit goes to Jonathan for dealing with our craziness and specificity when it comes to the crafting of our sound. This is truly Stepping Sideways and we couldn’t be happier with it.

What was it like to work with Lee McKinney and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Lee was a breeze. He’s such a pro and a true pleasure to work with. He was the only guitarist that we really wanted featured on this song. Our relationship developed through a friend and Kiesel Guitars Endorsee, Kenny Gerbick. He’s known Lee for a long time and we were able to connect on that note.

How much did he get to influence the song?

After hearing Lee’s solo record we REALLY wanted to get him on a track. We needed a guitar solo for Solace so we sent him a message! Once he listened, he was extremely confident so we gave him full creative reign. He got us the solo within a few days and we loved it so much that we went with his first take!

What role does New Orleans play in your music?

New Orleans is a special city. It’s so full of creative, talented people and that really motivates us to keep moving and continue creating the best possible product that we can.

How does sci-fi and fantasy influence your writing?

While the lyrical content of our songs remain somewhat personal, sci-fi/Fantasy influence plays a huge role in our concept. We have some REALLY special things to announce this year and in this video, we hint at the release of our first graphic novel, “Betrayal” which will tell the origins of our Novel, “Chronicles” also set to release this year.

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

The album is finished! It’s our first full-length and we can’t be more excited considering we will have 5-6 singles to release off of it. We will be releasing content all year and are already working on getting our next EP/LP recorded.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Tentatively, the album is called “Rebirth”. We are looking into fall of 2020 for the full release. However, you can expect a new single every month leading up to the release.

Any plans to hit the road?

Obviously, right now everything is on hold since we are all kind of in “limbo” but we are looking into fall dates at the moment. We think people will be itching to get out after this quarantine!

What else is happening next in Stepping Sideways’ world?

Next is more filming/writing. We have some big plans to fit into our live show. We are working with some big names to ensure that the quality of our content is right where it should be. Everything is in the works. You can expect Stepping Sideways to be around for a long, long time.

Check out “Solace” (feat. Lee McKinney) here:

Keep up with Stepping Sideways here:

RJ Frometa
Author: 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.

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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