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INTERVIEW: Aussie Artist Chris Lanzon

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

Thanks for having me! I’ve been great, thanks. It’s my favourite thing to get new music out there, so right now I’m doing great.

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

“Everest” is one of the songs I wrote during quarantine, and touches on a number of feelings I was and have been experiencing lately. It’s actually one of the most personal songs I’ve written, although its the most upbeat so far. Mainly it’s about a desire to leave behind all you know in pursuit of somewhere better, because where you are right now feels so overwhelming and you can’t find a way out. I think that’s something a lot of us have felt especially through this year. I wanted to create a song that grabs all those feelings, bottles them up, and lets them go.

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

Mainly the onset of cabin fever during quarantine. Feeling stuck and unable to move around. I went travelling last year and spent some time in LA where I met some incredible people who I felt super connected to, and it was hard enough returning home to the other side of the world, let alone having a global pandemic crush any plans of travelling again anytime soon! Obviously, there are a lot more important problems than this in the world right now, but that was on my mind a lot when writing this one.

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

Yes! I shot a video last week which I’m keen to release super soon! I love creating visuals to pair with my songs. Hence why I made a whole short film for my first project!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was really enjoyable, but it took me quite a while to get right. I tend to write and produce everything on my own in my bedroom studio. For this one, the song idea actually came pretty fast in one sitting, I wrote it just with my guitar and could quickly hear where I wanted to take it with production-wise. After some experimenting I got it to a place where I was pretty happy, then I showed my friend Nick Ward (who’s an incredible upcoming artist in his own right) and he added some extra synth parts which tied everything together and took the climax of the song to a really great place.

What role does Sydney play in your music?

Consciously, I wouldn’t say it plays too much of a role. But I’m sure subconsciously it does. To me, Sydney is home, it’s where I do most of my music making and have most of my friends and family. But like I mention in this song, I sometimes struggle with it as a home, as often I’m “looking out for somewhere new”. I suppose that’s natural though. My next song actually kind of romanticises New York, so I guess I’m often inspired by foreign places, and Sydney acts as a perspective metric for me in that way? I’ll always love Sydney though, I feel lucky to live here.

With the major reception from your previous musical work – did you feel any pressure while putting this record or rather the opposite?

Not exactly pressure, more so excitement! I was so happy with how the first project went, and ever since I couldn’t wait to get more music out there. I still have so much music I’m dying to get out. It’s super addictive once you release one thing, you just want to release more.

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

Yes, absolutely. “Everest” is technically the first single from my second EP. It’s coming along great, I’m super excited about it. I’ve been working every day to finish recording the tracks and I’m hoping to get it out by early next year, with another single or two before then! It’ll be 6 or 7 songs and a big progression from my first EP. I’m excited for it to be finished.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Tentative title for the EP is “Far From Perfect”… but we will see if that sticks. I want to finalise all the songs first before locking in a title.

What else is happening next in Chris Lanzon’s world?

I’m planning to release another single from the EP before the end of the year, most likely November. And then next year I want to start playing some shows! Hopefully the world returns to normal soon…


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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