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INTERVIEW: Between Kings

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

Hey, thank you so much for talking with us. We have been great! We have been busy in the studio finishing off our album and playing shows around California.

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

Our latest single “Antidote” is a song that deals with mental health and the need for medication in order to feel normal. Mental health issues in our society seem like they are getting worse and it’s a subject that is close to home for some of us in the band.

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

The song came from a collection of experiences. I (Nic Machuca, vocals) have struggled with mental health for a while and I’m only now coming to terms with the fact that it’s something I might just have to live with and deal with through medication. That realization is what inspired the song lyrically.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming of the video was so much fun. To be able to see your vision come to life through a team of great people was an awesome experience. We got to meet some great people and see some great locations and even managed to sneak in a cheeky skate.

The single comes off your new album Young Love – what’s the story behind the title?

The album title Young Love just seemed to fit the vibe of the whole album. While our single deals with the topic of mental health, one of the themes of the album is love. I met my wife in high school so we have gone through the whole process of growing up together but we are still those same high school kids. I think that feeling of young love is something worth writing about.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was great for this album. We feel like we are making the best music we have ever made. The songs came together quite smoothly. It’s easy for me to do my thing lyrically when the music Jordan, our guitarist, is writing is so good. When he came to me with these new songs, we pretty much sat down and let it all fall into place. Recording with the legendary Jimmy Messer has been amazing too. He has really helped put our vision together and helped us define the sound of the album.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

I think we have matured since our last album in the sense that our music isn’t directly influenced by the music that influenced us. This music comes straight from us and we aren’t trying to replicate anything. We are just making the music that we want to listen to and hopefully other people want to listen too.

What role does Australia play in your music?

We are very proud to be an Australian band. The Australian music scene isn’t as big as it is in America but there is some great music coming out of Australia and it’s great to be a part of it all.

How did your musical perspective change as you move from the other side of the pawn?

It’s been an amazing experience coming from Australia and getting to see the music scene here. There is also a rich history here that demands respect. We have had the opportunity to headline places like The Whisky A Go-Go, which you hear legendary stories from back home in Australia. There is also a great amount of support for live bands in America so it’s awesome to see so many bands having their music heard.

How have Linkin Park and Blink 182 influenced your writing?

Bands like Linkin Park and blink 182 have played a big role in how we make our music. They are so great at writing music that we have learned a lot about writing and song structure from them. We have grown up listening to bands like them who have paved the way for new artists to create. Listening to bands like Linkin Park or blink 182, you learn how to make emotion come out in your music.

What aspect of society and mental health did you get to explore on this record?

In today’s society, mental health issues like depression and anxiety seem at an all-time high. The album deals with coming to terms with the fact that some form of medication seems to be the only way to deal with these issues, whether it be prescription medication or other forms of self-medication.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The inspiration for these songs came from our daily lives. We have been able to make music that reflects how we are feeling at the time. From love to lust to mental health problems to nostalgia, the inspiration for the music and lyrics come from human emotion.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have recently relocated to Los Angeles from Brisbane so we plan to tour as much of America as we can! We are in the studio right now finishing off the last few songs for the album. After that, we want to play our music in front of as many people as we can so keep an ear to the ground for tour dates on social media.

What else is happening next in Between Kings’ world?

Next for us is just doing as much touring as we can once our album is out. We have worked so hard writing these songs that it’s time to burn off some of this energy doing live shows!

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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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