INTERVIEW: SYLVETTE

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

Hello! We have been good thanks. It’s been a very strange year for us as a band but we’ve managed to get into a rhythm of writing in isolation and we’re very excited for the future.

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

It’s the most poppy and synthy song we’ve ever written but it’s also still progressive and punky and it’s about the sacrifice of a Messianic child in a cave.

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

The main synth riff was initially written for guitar but when we put it onto the synth and began to build a sound world around it we were inspired create the lyrical story. It sounded powerful and mysterious and Philip and I both agreed it had to be set in a cave so naturally we settled on the idea of a child being sacrificed to a cave based cult.

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

We’ve already released a video. It’s the video we are most proud of so go check it out on our youtube!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was joyous! We used a lot of the stems from the initial demo and then recorded all the live parts in Macclesfield with Jake Evans and Phil Cunningham who produced the whole album. In terms of writing it was one of the easiest processes we’ve ever had. Philip and I wrote it over the course of four sessions together and unlike many of our songs this one just flowed out and everything seemed to make sense from the start.

What was it like to work with Tom Chapman and how did that relationship develop?

I met Tom when I was playing keyboards for new order in 2017. He was very kind and supportive right from the off and he’s great mates with Phil Cunningham who produced our album so he often popped into the studio while we were tracking. He actually lent us some of his gear too which was amazing.

We were buzzing when he offered to do a remix for Kelpius and he didn’t disappoint. We were all so happy with what he did.

How much did he get to influence the song?

We didn’t give Tom any brief. We know he’s a great musician so we just wanted him to do his thing with the track and it definitely worked for the best!

How has New Order and Led Zeppelin influenced your writing?

Led Zeppelin was a big influence on us when we were learning our instruments and we took a lot from the four of them as players. It has definitely influenced the way we structure a lot of our songs and the space we give to each player to be expressive.

I think New Order has definitely influenced us in the electronic side of what we do and having Phil who is the New Order guitarist in the studio has been a direct influence on the sound of the album.

What role does London play in your music?

We are based in Manchester but we try to play London a couple of times a year. There is always a great atmosphere when we go down to play there.

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

Yes! We have other remixes from the album in the pipeline and we will have a lot more music to be released in 2021!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Expect another remix in December and a 3rd album in October 2021.

What else is happening next in SYLVETTE’s world?

We just can’t wait to get together and rehearse all the new music we’ve written over lockdown. The aim is to get back into the studio in February and hopefully touring in May/Sept 2021.

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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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