INTERVIEW: Soulful Electronic Duo BODY SALT

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

Doing good, just working out to old 80’s aerobics videos and learning how to knit while we’re stuck at home. Working on music also…

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Please Avoid Your Grave”?

Please avoid your grave is a song that illustrates the profound importance of simple moments with others and truly loving another human. We started working on it a few months ago after Ezekiel had been working on some lyrics relating to a few subjects that he had wanted to cover for a while, namely love and compassion for the lives of others… and monster truck rallies. We booked a few secluded Airbnb visits to record and develop the sound of the song. We’re excited about how it turned out. 

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

From a  lyrical standpoint, the catalyst was love, the desire for that person not not perish in any manner, spiritually, emotionally or physically and the desire for continued simple shared moments with that person and memories of moments. The embracing of our mortal existence and its fragility as well as the absurdity of life. The creation of a narrative that collected all of these things and painted a picture of how we view our existence. As far as the sound and vibe of the song, it was something stylistically that we wanted to do for a while. We wanted an anthemic ballad that was pennsive and huge.  

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re working on some ideas right now. Most of them consist of dangerous acrobatic maneuvers, wild animals and pyrotechnics, so we’ll see how that all plays out… we hope. In the meantime we’ve been developing some DIY skills and also hope to work with other visual artists to get something cool visually for this track. 

How was the recording and writing process?

We were both in-between apartments when we made this track so it was about as difficult as it gets logistically to get everything down. As we mentioned before we set up shop in a myriad of Airbnb’s so getting the acoustics down and figuring out how to set up all of our equipment time and time again was a testament to our patience. We do all of our own recording, producing, mixing and mastering. Figuring out how to pull all of this off while we were constantly on the move was pretty intense. It was like some bizzare mobile studio circus thing. We should probably pitch netflix for a show.

What role does San Diego play in your music?

San Diego is where we got our start and it will always be important to us because of that. San Diego has allowed us a platform to get our music out there, and it’s where friends and family are so it’s home-base for right now. Being a progressive electronic band here has presented some challenges, but ultimately this has made us better and stronger for tackling other markets. We’ve also had some amazing people that have given us platforms for exposure like radio play and stages to perform on. We’re very grateful.   

How has Bob Moses and Marian Hill influenced your writing?

Bob Moses and Marian Hill are both exceptional acts. They haven’t necessarily influenced our writing, but bands like these have paved the way for modern electronic acts that believe in creating amazing content. Watching what they’ve done both live and in the studio has helped us hone our craft and make stronger music in our genre.  

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

We are obsessed with putting out as much content as we can right now. We’re constantly creating new music and have quite a few things we’re working on at the moment. Even in the middle of quarantine we’re 200 miles apart and still finding ways to keep creating. We’re relentless like that.  

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No title yet we are throwing around ideas but we’re thinking at the end of April we’ll have something pretty sweet ready to go! 

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d love to take our show throughout the United States, we’re just looking for the right opportunity with the right bands. Any takers? Haha 

What else is happening next in Body Salt’s world?

Music, music, music. We have so much to share with the world and we’ve barely scratched the surface with our last two EPs and singles. we are honing our writing and production skills constantly and we have many songs and ideas in the works!  We’re syriving to develope more visual content both for live performances and for video as well. We come from song writing and production backgrounds and we both come from photography and design backgrounds so aesthetics are huge for us in how we paint a song with texture but also with media and performance. We’re excited to grow and develop in such a dynamic landscape of media and content sharing. We’re also stoked to connect with more fans and share our music with people. We desire for our music to uplift, bring joy, solace, an ability to embrace sadness, accept struggles and simply allow them to feel ok being human and know there is always hope and beauty. 

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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