INTERVIEW: BREANTONIA x JAK

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Exposure”?

Bre: (happy for you to take this one Jack)

Jack: We’ve been good VENTS! It’s been an unusual few months but given the circumstances I think we’re adjusting well to a new way of working together.

So ‘EXPOSURE’, Where to start it’s been a journey! It’s BREANTONIA’s second project after ‘ORGANIC’ and my debut as an artist. I mean, at this point I’m gassed. We’ve had a lot of love from a lot of people, and even radio so it’s nice to get that support without having to hustle for it you know? 

Me and Bre talk about ‘EXPOSURE’ all the time and I said the thing I like best about it is that it  meets perfectly in the middle of both of us creatively. Neither of us could’ve made that individually, it’s like synergy or something. Other than that I’m just feeling proud to hit the ground running with something so fresh. 

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

Bre: Honestly, it was entering a healthy and mature relationship that inspired me lyrically. I knew what I wanted to say, I just had to find an interesting way of saying “omg, this is amazing, it’s moving hella fast but I’m kinda okay with that”! I’d been playing around with photography for quite a while at the time, and all the theory jargon and buzzwords felt like the perfect descriptions to explain what it was I was feeling. So the two concepts just merged into one.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Jack: There is! Me and Bre actually came up with the video ages ago and pitched it to our videographer Olz, probably in february. We kinda felt that the people that were into track would properly love it (like us) so we made it with them in mind. Basically, no spoilers but there’s a few ‘easter eggs’ for the real fans, well excited about that. 

Anyway we’d planned the shoot for March but then lockdown came so we’ve been sitting on it ever since! I feel the time is almost right to start filming though..

How was the recording and writing process?

Bre: It started off really organic, actually. We came up with the idea and basic skeleton of the song the very first time we met. Jack went away to produce the beat and once he sent it over to me, it was such a breeze to write to. It was as if the words and melody was already there; I just had to find them. The only thing we did struggle with was the structure and ending. We spent a while figuring out where we wanted the song to take people and how. But once I recorded harmonies for the outro,we knew we got it! 

Jack: I feel it was easy? Like because we came up with such a sick demo, it took shape on the spot. Digging into that first session a bit, nothing was really out of the ordinary but something about starting EXPOSURE by jamming together breathed a lot of life into it. It kinda meshes beat making with a written song, it’s got those live elements side by side with the electronic. So yeah, that first time we met was super important because it set the trend for what kind of sound we were going for. Also incidentally set the bar pretty high! 

How did you go on balancing your creative inputs and ideas for the song?

Bre: I think Jack and I do a good job with this in general because we give everything a go. No idea is completely thrown out of the window unless it really doesn’t make sense but even then, we tend to give everything a go just to see what can happen. 

Jack: Totally agree, you’ve got to give some ideas time to grow, I’ve played parts on this track that I only really fell in love with after snoozing on them for a bit. Even the last section for example, Bre was like I want to switch it up and take it somewhere mad, I was thinking: sh*t what am I gonna do! haha, but now it’s like my favourite part, i’m waiting for it every time.

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

Bre: I definitely do. When I work on my own, there’s nothing and no one there to interject or stop my stream of consciousness, so I can often write a song or come up with an idea and it’s just one ongoing experience that is almost above me and suddenly, I’m left with a completed song. I’m in my flow state and just pouring out ideas. Working with someone else challenges you to think outside your box and comfort zone. It slow downs the process, which I think is a good thing, and forces you to give your ideas thought and critical consideration because there’s more discussion on what works best. There’s certain chord progressions or melodies that I go for just because they feel good to me, but working with someone else makes me sit back and think, ‘but does this actually compliment the song?’.

Jack: Yeah it’s a completely different experience. Coming from the producer angle, it’s about bringing out either the best in an artist.. or something completely different. You’re not trying to make the song your own but think about what would compliment their style. That’s not to say you can’t inject some of your personality into it though! But yeah, there were plenty of times when I had to check my ego because I might’ve been pushing for something that wasn’t right, you gotta be considerate. 

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

Bre: Yes! Jack and I have a few songs under our belt, which I’m super excited for us to share with everyone.

Jack: We do. The next one especially, I feel is maybe even better than ‘EXPOSURE’! 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Bre: I think we’re playing it by ear for now. We’ve only just released ‘EXPOSURE’ and want to fully enjoy and give it it’s moment, but we’re eager to get more out there, definitely. 

Jack: Not yet. A little anticipation is also good I feel! The rest of the songs are sounding great but we’re not gonna rush the process even in the final stages. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Jack: We’ve been thinking about hitting the road for a little while but since things are still returning to normal I think it’ll be looking like next year before we get to play anything to an audience. We are about to begin rehearsing our live show though!

What else is happening next in your world?

Jack: The ‘EXPOSURE’ live session is next. We’re gonna perform a stripped version in the studio and get a videographer in to shoot the whole thing. Sadly I can’t play all the instruments at once like on the record so we’ve got ourselves some players. It’s gonna be sick.

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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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