INTERVIEW: Cosmo’s Midnight

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been

Thank you! We’ve been pretty busy getting some last minute work done before our album drops in October.  

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

‘Yesteryear’ was one of the quickest songs to write, it came about really naturally. It’s a song written partially about someone you are struggling  to move on from but it’s also a very introspective tune. Reflecting back on the years past, memories and experiences both good and bad, and how they shape us into the person we are. We tried to blend these feelings into the production by drawing inspiration from older pop records as well some more progressive records.

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

A friend came over and played me a little atmospheric sample. For some reason that triggered an idea for the chord progression and the words “thinking ‘bout yesteryear’ popped into my head.  I think people right now are feeling particularly nostalgic for a different time which probably is why I started thinking back. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was pretty chill compared to how a usual shoot goes. With no strict shooting schedule we just had to set up a greenscreen in our studio and come up with as many ideas as we could. We also had to record every zoom call or phone call we had about the creation process.  Then some very talented friends came together and painstakingly rotoscoped/animated and edited all our footage into a super creative montage. 

What made you guys want to go for a full DIY, Zoom driven visual? 

We were responding directly to the limitations that quarantining had put on the creative industry. Because so many people were unable to meet directly to work on a music video we had to think outside the box on what we could do, while still involving the whole crew. In a way we knew that the format of DIY videos might become popular so we thought to go for a meta, self-aware approach that was a bit tongue in cheek about the whole process. 

Why naming the new album after this song in particular?

Our second album is more or less summed up in the title track ‘Yesteryear’. It’s about reflecting on the past with not only nostalgia but also an element of melancholia ~ all the formative experiences that we absorb growing up both good and bad.  It’s an album inspired by personal growth, looking back on these experiences, learning from them and moving forward with optimism.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing this album was really enjoyable. A lot of the songs were recorded in beach houses up and down the NSW coastline, and I feel like you can hear it in the music. It’s loose and flowing, relaxed and upbeat, we really like to be able to see the natural world while we write so being inside a dark, soundproof studio without any sense of time,space or ambiance is really restricting.  

What role does Australia play in your music?

I feel like Australia’s literal isolation from the world is why we have a really close-knit music scene with a bit less focus on music trends and pop/celebrity culture.  This has allowed for a whole ton of creative expression. It’s very free-ing and we love it. 

How did the current situation with the lockdown influence the writing on this album?

To be honest our album was almost finished except for two songs when lockdown started. We finished the title track and Idaho in lockdown but I don’t think being isolated had much influence on the writing process. We’ve always preferred to write music at home rather than in a studio and I feel like that 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Stylistically we have always looked back to genres our parents introduced to us growing up; disco, funk, psychedelia, alt-pop of the 70s and 80s. In ‘Yesteryear’ we have consciously moved  away from overly produced sounds to more organic instrumentation, focused on feeling rather than thinking. Lyrically I more or less am drawing from past experiences or projecting myself into hypothetical scenarios. 

What else is happening next in Cosmo’s Midnight’ world?

Album release! Then have a little break before getting  back into the studio and start writing the next tunes. With lockdown touring is probably not going to be happening for a while so may as well stay productive. 

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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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