INTERVIEW: year over year

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

-Hey thank you for having me! I have been pretty good! 

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

-Yeah totally, “Charm” is the 3rd single from my upcoming EP titled “The Love We Think We Deserve” and is the second single we shot a music video for. I guess overall the track explores some heartbreak and the motions of dull repetitive life. 

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

-I wouldn’t say any particular event inspired the song writing for “Charm”, generally I think I took from a few different events of me learning and becoming a little bit more self aware and kind of compiled my findings into a track.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

-I’ve been taking a little bit more of a DIY approach to all of the music videos and visualizers for the songs on this EP. For “Charm” my partner (@brandynnleigh) and I spent about a month creating a shot list and getting ourselves prepared for shooting and spent about 3 weekends bringing in different actors in and doing scenes one at a time. I think for the most part it worked well!

The single comes off your new album The Love We Think We Deserve – what’s the story behind the title?

-The title of the EP comes from the book “The Perks of being a Wallflower” my partner had actually lent it to me while I was in the middle of demoing these songs about a year and a half ago. The quote that stood out the most to me was a conversation between two characters about abuse in relationships and the quote reads “Well, we accept the love we think we deserve”. When I had finished recording this EP and had an idea of where the placement of the songs would be I just felt like the quote really fit everything that I had written.

How was the recording and writing process?

-The recording process was pretty unorthodox I would say. I drove out to Vancouver BC Canada to record these songs over the course of a week. Originally we had the intention to make a very stripped back project. Me and an electric guitar and maybe some ambient percussion, nothing crazy. Probably about 2 or 3 months following we actually added full band and I think that really helped grow the foundation.

What role does Canada play in your music?

-I think being from Canada is kind of weird. Specifically Western Canada. It’s always tricky to explain to people and give every aspect to the scene out here but for local touring musicians its extremely difficult to tour nevermind make profit. A lot of touring and driving out here can be exhausting and dangerous seeing anywhere from 3-12 hour drive times to play to a market. I think it becomes discouraging to local musicians. On the other hand I believe it can make musicians work harder to and push to make touring worth it when they do. I try to find myself on the positive side of and always pushing.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

-For the most part I believe I explore the aspects of what I thought love was and what I am slowly learning about love and becoming a little bit more self aware about the topic. I feel like a lot of the songs on this EP are more of me asking myself questions about love and maybe offering my observations. 

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

– I think aside from love, specifically I feel like I am inspired by relationships with other people, death, basic observation on why people do the things they do. Probably more topics I will end up exploring in the future. 

What else is happening next in year over year’s world?

-For now I have an EP titled “The Love We Think We Deserve”  and will be self released on Nov 27. We have some merch coming out as well to be apart of the celebration as well as another lyric video. Im also demoing some more songs this year so hopefully we can expect some more songs out in the new year! 

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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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