Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been chillin in the greatest year in human history lololololol. But for real we’ve been pretty good all things considered.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Don’t Know You Anymore”?
Well, you could say the title is kinda self-explanatory. It’s about that moment you realize that a relationship you deeply cared about is withering like a dying rose. Sometimes in life, you don’t see the flaws in your relationship until you’re too deep into it. And eventually when things reach a tipping point, you throw your hands up in the air and say, “What are we? What are we doing here? I feel like I don’t really know you anymore…” And it seems crazy, but so many of us have been in this situation. And maybe that comes from the ultimate realizations from the song. “Maybe I’m not in love with you but the idea of being in love… Maybe I’ve tried to find things in this relationship that were never really there… Maybe I’ve ignored all the warning signs because I’m forcing this to work…” But at the end of the day, we want this song to be something that helps you set that emotion free and maybe even laugh about it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
At the time we got in the room to pen the song, a few of us were living out some post-breakup melancholy. And in a way, songwriting with your friends is like group therapy. It’s a chance to deeply dive into your feelings and accidentally stumble upon some truths about yourself. I think that day, some of us made some breakthroughs. The biggest takeaway is that you can’t change someone or make them out to be something they’re not.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the music video was insanely fun and chaotic. We wanted to do something upbeat and colorful because this year has been so gloomy, and our videographer had the idea of putting a big paint fight in the video. We called up a bunch of our friends with the proposition, “Hey, do you wanna come throw paint at us next week?” Easiest sell we’ve ever made! We found a bunch of old dusty instruments and got some cheap keyboards and drums off Facebook marketplace. And then we set up in a park at night and got to filming. We also found a local Nashville artist that we were passionate about named Emilee Oliver and asked her to make a piece inspired by the video to tie in the theme of paint and color. She’s extremely talented and working with her is a dream.
The single comes off your new album This Year’s Gonna Hurt – what’s the story behind the title?
“This Year’s Gonna Hurt” is the title of one of our other singles off the record. Ironically, the song was written in 2019 before we knew anything about the crazy pandemic that took over our lives. When we were making preparations for the record release, the mini album kind of named itself. It felt like the title was meant to be.
How was the recording and writing process?
For this particular record we wrote about twenty songs. Once we wrote every story we wanted to get out there, we made a demo for each song. Then, we sorted through and picked the six that we felt were strong and fit really well together. We took our recordings into the studio and finished them out with other producers that we thought could elevate the songs or provide fresh perspective for. Right before we released the record, we last-minute recorded a seventh song called “Better Days” because we felt like it was a message that needed to get out there after the riots started taking place in the US.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville was the city that really helped us hone our writing skills and our style. We owe so much to the community here. And without, we don’t think these three Kansas boys would have formed Lost Stars.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
All of the songs in our record come from true experiences in our lives. We think that nothing feels more real than pure unadulterated honesty. Life is a beautiful mess, and we want to put every bit of our experience into our music.
What else is happening next in Lost Stars’ world?
We are really excited for 2021. *knocks on wood* We’ve got a lot of great music in the pipeline, and we’re hoping that a successful vaccine comes to fruition. As soon as the world feels a little safer, we promise we’ll be back on the road to play shows again!