INTERVIEW: Project X

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

SYLVIE: Thanks, we are all keeping as well as can be during “lockdown”. Alongside music, I also lecture at a University so have mainly been working on writing book chapters during lockdown. Dave has been busy music wise as he produces work with a number of artists and also provides drum tuition. Terri is currently in Spain and will heading out on the road with the musical “Six” shortly. We work on Project X around our schedules.

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

DAVE: This was a song Sylvie presented asking for our interpretation to be played of our parts. 

SYLVIE: I had a handful of songs I thought could be used as a start point for Project X, ideally we look to moving towards collaborating on writing. I sent some demos over to Terri and Dave to listen to, Terri particularly liked “One”, so we focussed on that as our initial demo and then moved to the single release.

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

SYLVIE: As a songwriter, this is one of the more recent tracks I have written. The song is about missing someone and reflecting on the difficulties overcome to find happiness and looking towards the future. The track was actually written as a Christmas present for my girlfriend, and I really enjoy the rock/grunge genre which largely influenced the style of the song. I wanted to write something that was melodic but that listeners could “rock out” to. Dave’s drumming really adds that “hard rock edge” to the track, and Terri’s melodic bass playing really carries the essence and groove of the song. It’s great to be working with musicians of their caliber.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

SYLVIE: We filmed our parts (videos) separately from our lounges, which then went through a video editing process to form the collage. We kept in contact online to make arrangements and to collaborate regarding the process. Following this, we began to share the video on social media. Obviously, this is not the “usual” way we would be used to working, but with “lockdown” we had to think outside of the box to start getting music “out there”.

DAVE: Strange because I filmed myself during lock down and emailed video over to be edited into a final video. 

How was the recording and writing process?

SYLVIE: I had known of Dave for a while locally as a Professional Drummer and it was early on in lockdown we started talking online in terms of a possible project. Around the same time, Terri (who’s also a Professional Musician), and I began conversing online, I’d mentioned to her we were looking for a bassist and sent her an initial demo of “One” to listen to. I initially asked her if she knew of any bassists that might be interested in coming on board, and she said she would be happy to. When we first started collaborating on the project, we didn’t have a “band name”, and I would store all the audio files we individually generated in folder on my laptop called “Project X” – hence the band name.

In terms of recording, the idea for Project X formed during lockdown, and due to this, we were not able to physically get into the studio together to record or film. Prior to lockdown I’d already tracked the vocals and guitar. I sent the vocal and guitar tracks to Terri and Dave, who wrote and recorded their drum / bass parts individually from their homes using Logic. Dave initially mixed the track at home. We then sent the files over to the recording studio for further mixing and mastering. After a few mix sessions we then released “One” via digital distribution and short-run vinyl.

DAVE: The recording process was very easy. I write, record, and produce lots of songs for myself and other artists. During the lock down period I had a Pearl Midtown kit set in my front room along with my remote recording set up. 

What made you guys want to form a band during these weird times?

SYLVIE: I guess life is ordinarily so busy, and lockdown had changed the hustle and bustle of everyday life to having to stay in our individual homes. It was around a month into lockdown I really thought about how I missed playing in a band and working with other musicians – not just musically but also socially. Initially I found going from such a busy everyday life into lockdown very isolating and I felt quite disconnected from other people. At this time, Dave reached out to me, and the ball started rolling from there really.

Did it happen throughout 2020 or you guys been discussing this for a while now?

SYLVIE: The project literally came together during lockdown.

DAVE: This happened this year. 

What role does the UK play in your music?

SYLVIE: Since releasing “One” the single was radio broadcast in 47 countries in the first week alone. What we are seeing here is that the majority of radio play is occurring in the United States, In the first week of release the single was broadcast in 36 states across the US. It is a challenge to state the role the UK will play in our music; we are still in lockdown and music venues still remain closed here. We are starting to see some radio play of the single in smaller stations within the UK, however, the majority of airplay the single is receiving at this time is largely international.

DAVE: I don’t like areas, people’s beliefs, or choices to be associated to what I do. 

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

SYLVIE: As well as the digital release of “One” via Independent release, we also produced a short run of 45” vinyls of the single, with “Breathe” as the B-Side. We have since released “Breathe” as a follow up digital single. However, at the moment our PR focus is upon “One” as our debut , and the single has been since been registered with the UK chart company, the US Billboard Singles Chart, The Canadian Charts and the German Chart this month.

We are currently working on tracks for an EP which we are looking to record at the end of Summer.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

SYLVIE: Not yet as we are still working on developing the song ideas, but watch this space…

Any plans to hit the road?

SYLVIE: In future, of course at the moment we are bound by lockdown restrictions and so need to wait until the world returns to normal.

DAVE: Eventually

What else is happening next in Project X’s world?

SYLVIE: Collaborative videos of “One” and “Breathe” are due  to be aired at a number of virtual festivals in the UK this summer – the first of which will be broadcast next Saturday. Our single (One) is attaining radio play internationally each day, and we are working on EP tracks. Other than that we are individually all very busy, Terri Will be touring with a musical for parto f this summer, Dave is also busy resuming drum tuition at his teaching studio, and I’m working on another book chapter and prepping lectures for the next academic year.

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