INTERVIEW: Running Lights

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

Nick: We’re doing well thanks for having us! Times have definitely been a little crazy, but we’re just happy to be healthy and making music while we’re locked down in quarantine.

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

Mike: The song came from a nostalgic place that I think everyone who’s been in love can relate to, whether it’s new love or old; it’s meant to sound like a first kiss feels. In a world clogged with fear, information overload, and straight-up bad vibes, “One in a Million” is a reminder that there is still magic out there. As long as you have someone to love, you can make it through anything.

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

Mike: Well, the pandemic itself because it prohibits us from having experiences like the one in the song. We wanted to remind people of the good times they may have had in the past AND of the good times they will have when the pandemic is over.

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

Nick: We’re actually finishing up a live performance video as we speak. We figured since we can’t get out and play a proper release show we’d record one and put it out online instead!

How was the recording and writing process?

Mike: I recorded a few acoustic guitar loops into my iPhone voice memos, then transferred them into ProTools. You’d be surprised how good the quality is, while still maintaining that utilitarian sound. From there I built a production around the loops and essentially had the entire arrangement worked out before any lyrics or melody were written. Nick had a killer melody for the chorus, which I put lyrics to and wrote the verses to tell the story. Steve added his rock-drumming style to it after which we sent it to our co-producer Will Larsen of IDAP Music. He added his signature touch, bringing an EDM flavor to what we had originally, resulting in the song you hear today.

What role does NYC play in your music?

Nick: They say NYC is the city that never sleeps, so in that respect I’d say that defines us and our music pretty well. We never stop when it comes to our music even if that means staying up till 6am the night before a gig trying to program an entire light show (which we’ve done lol). Long story short we’re the guys that do the work.

Having worked with other artists – do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than with this band?

Nick: Mike and I do a lot of production, mixing and mastering work when we’re not out playing shows or writing for Running Lights and as artists ourselves, we understand how important a piece of music can be to the person who we’re working with. When you’re simply producing songs and haven’t ever been on the other side of the proverbial glass you can forget how personal songs can be to an individual. That’s why as producers Mike and I will always recommend what we think is best for the song but at the end of the day, if we disagree with the artist we always tell them to go with their gut since they have to wear the song at the end of the day.

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

Mike: You can always expect new material from us; we’re constantly writing and recording. There’s new material to last a year!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Steve: There are several, but nothing set in stone yet. We usually take time to plan accordingly so we can support each release with solid marketing.

Any plans to hit the road?

Nick: As soon as this pandemic lifts we’re planning to hit the road hard and fast. As a band it’s always great to be able to create music but at the end of the day it’s the rush and the risk of playing shows that we live for!

What else is happening next in Running Lights’ world?

Nick: Since we can’t get out on the road just yet, we’ve been slowly but surely putting together a way to stream live performances from our home base. That being said, we’re not talking about getting an acoustic and sitting cross-legged on a bed while singing into an iPhone mic. We’re talking about the full experience, lights, smoke and high-quality sound. Our goal is to be able to bring our live show to your living room. We’ve also been really diving into TikTok and having a little bit of fun on there so if you want to have a laugh head on over to our page (@runninglightsmusic). Other than all that we’ll just be writing / recording new music and wearing masks!!


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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