Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great!
Can you talk to us more about your EP “My Last Debut”?
“My Last Debut” came as a result of about a ten day stretch where we locked ourselves in a bedroom with a goal of creating about two songs per day. Through very little sleep and a lot of coffee, we reached that goal, with about 20 tracks to show for it by the end of the stretch. Out of the twenty, we felt that these 4 tracks would be great to release as a collaborative project.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this EP?
We wanted to take the best aspects of what we each have to offer creatively and fuse them. “Damian C.” comes from a singer/songwriter background, while “Farco” comes from a production background ranging from EDM to Pop to Hip/Hop.
Any plans to release any sort of video for ‘Can’t Promise You’?
We actually did release a 30-second promo video for ‘Can’t Promise You’ that features the two of us playing the chorus section of the song front and center, with rapid cuts in the background of different places in Southern California.
Why name the album “My Last Debut”?
For starters, one of the tracks off of the EP is titled “My Last Debut,” but the choice to use this as the title for the EP runs a little deeper than that. It kind of started off as a joke amongst us that we hope this EP is our “last debut” EP, in that we will work hard to push these tracks as much as we can to really establish a returning fanbase, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do.
How was the recording and writing process?
Believe it or not, the recording process didn’t give us many issues. About 95% of the EP contains the original takes from the respective days that the tracks were originally created, which is pretty cool because it truly is a portal into the moments when we were making these songs.
That being said, the writing process was a different story. We’d spend multiple hours per day bouncing ideas off of eachother, and putting an extreme amount of effort into avoiding cliches, and we would not move on until it was finished. But another cool thing about the EP is that we never went back and re-wrote anything once the day was over. We’d do all of the re-working/re-writing in the same day no matter how long it took. The goal was to have two finished songs per day, so that’s what we had to do.
How did the two of you guys come together?
Strangely, we both attended the same college, Rowan University, in New Jersey, but it took moving 3,000 miles across the country to meet after being introduced by our mutual friend DJ. At the time of making “My Last Debut,” we had known each other for less than four months.
Do you take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Absolutely, but it is more effective because you get immediate, on-site criticism and waste less time. If you write a song alone, you can put so much time into a line that ends up being scratched when someone hears the demo. With us, we were very comfortable with saying a line the moment it came to mind, and with saying “I’m not crazy about it, let’s think of something else” before too much time was wasted.
How did you go on balancing your distinctive influences together into one?
It was pretty seamless. Although we come from different backgrounds in terms of the music we create, we both listen to a wide variety of different music and genres that made us both extremely open in terms of a song’s direction.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Oftentimes we just let the music take us there. Different keys, chords/chord progressions, drum patterns caused us to feel different ways, and we built off of that. Also, the chorus was always conveniently the first melody/phrase that came to mind. That’s super helpful because it allows you to identify what you’ll be trying to say within the verses to stay true to that overall theme/message.
What else is happening next in your world?
The next logical step for us would be to start planning shows and hit the road, but unfortunately we all know how that’s going right now with COVID-19. So we hope to just keep making new music, and by the time live shows come back around we’ll just have even more tracks to share with you guys.
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