INTERVIEW: BLACK NEON

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

Considering the unprecedented state of the world we are blessed with good health & musical blessings. Our thoughts and hearts are with all affected and we wish the world a quick recovery.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pleasure In The Pain”?

PITP was the first song we ever wrote together.. A couple years ago we met through a mutual friend out in LA and wrote it before we ever even thought of becoming BLACK NEON.

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

In our own way we all had a history of various struggles behind us and we found a mutual theme in the understanding that struggles are meant to be learned from and taken as lessons. That you don’t always have to walk away, hide or numb unpleasant feelings or situations.. Sometimes it’s healthy to feel pain or loss, to learn and grow from it. And to even find your peace in the midst of it. Thats basically what this song is about.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We have a friend who is starting a huge indoor street art museum in Amsterdam and we basically hijacked the place and started playing with everything in the room. Unplanned chaos that turned out pretty dope.. Kind of the theme of our journey so far.

How was the recording and writing process?

On and off it took about two years before we were ready to sign off on this one. We were looking for that timeless pop sensibility that we would be proud of in 20 years from now. Not too trendy but current, not too commercial but catchy. It’s always a struggle finding that balance but really, we just want to make art that lasts.

Featuring a large number of musicians and a vocalist – how do you go on playing and balancing all your different influences and ranges together?

We are a group of crazy cool kids, artists and rebels with completely different backgrounds but we are united by the urge to create something meaningful, impactful and lasting.

Known for having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry – what would you say you’ve learned from these experiences?

All of us in our own individual careers have worked with many stars and have been involved with several major acts and one thing it has taught us is that in today’s world, you have to be creative on all levels of the game. There is no label that is going to save you, there are no managers with solutions and there isn’t somebody with a magic button. Only your own raw talent mixed with perseverance is going to pave the way to a lasting audience.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than your own?

The creative process is always the same although some parts of it may change. Ultimately, we only want what’s best for the project regardless of the name on it.

Where does the name BLACK NEON stand for?

We are the new black.

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

Absolutely, our first 4 track EP drops early June and we are working on a lot of new releases. Fortunately before the lockdown we recorded a lot of new material for us to focus on now.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

EP 1 in early June, 4 tracks to celebrate the start of our journey. 

What else is happening next in BLACK NEON’s world?

Creating our musical path one song at a time.. We would love to see people start to follow our journey and continue to stay on it with us as we keep growing and rising. 

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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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