Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, we’ve been doing well. Trying to take advantage of the time we have at home to write lots of new material! Staying somewhat sane.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Want You Back”?
This song came to be after a show in Edmonton. We were playing in an arena of around 16k people, and during the last chorus of our outro confetti and CO2 shot off without us knowing. Super freaked us out (in the best possible way) and we all lost it. We felt like Beyonce, surrounded in confetti and screaming fans. We really wanted a song that felt like that moment. Elijah got on the plane and wrote the instrumental to try and capture that euphoric energetic vibe, and we pieced together the topline over the next few days. It felt really great to write something with tempo after a long period of writing slower music.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song was specifically inspired by that show in Edmonton, but I think the story comes from a few past relationships we both have been in. I think every song sort of does for us haha.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We just released a music video actually! Super stoked about it. We had a lot of fun shooting it with a company called REBL House out of Montreal. We wanted a video that was fast paced and fun and I think we accomplished that.
How was the recording and writing process?
Very straight forward. The song was all written at Elijah’s home studio in Ottawa. It was a true collaboration between the two of us. I think the first lyric that stuck out to us was the “F*** my life I think I lost my phone” because it felt super gimmicky but also kinda hard haha. We just ran with the theme of being messed up at a club and feeling emotionally lost.
What role does Canada play in your music?
Canada is home. We’ve been blown away by the support. We feel so well received and loved here, people really seem to get us.
With the great reception from your previous musical work – would you say you feel any pressure as you put together a new material or rather the opposite?
We’ve absolutely felt pressure. We both watched that new Taylor Swift doc and something she said really stuck out to us. We all “live for the applause” and when we’re not getting them everything kind of spirals. The tough part about writing in that space is you often create the worst content when you’re chasing a “hit”, so we’ve been really been trying to focus on how we feel about the music rather than the response.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Lots of new stuff. Acoustic version of WYB coming out in May, as well as a cover at the end of the month. Other than that we have so much content ready to go, just a matter of how and when.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
WYB Acoustic May 15.
Any plans to hit the road?
As soon as this quarantine lifts we neeeeeeed to get back on stage, we miss connecting with the fans.
What else is happening next in ExJ’s world?
We’ve been trying to get back to our roots musically. Been a weird few months in quarantine but we’re making the best of it by rediscovering our love for the music, both independently and together. We’ve been writing a ton of music both for pitch and for our project, but at the moment we’re all just trying to stay in a routine that keeps us sane during this strange place in time.