INTERVIEW: Transient Park

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

Thanks for the invitation! We are now going ok here in Australia. After a tough year, the gig scene has just started to pick up again.  It’s a nice feeling to be able to perform to an audience again.

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

Equilibrium is Transient Park’s second single and our first single featuring an overseas artist. We are so incredibly excited to have Los Angeles based singer/songwriter JT Roach feature on this track. Some songs evolve quickly but this one actually took some time to get to the finishing line.

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

I have always been fascinated with the word equilibrium. The rhythm of it, the look of it and the meaning of it. I thought it might be cool to hear this word as a whisper, like you are saying it to yourself as a reminder or even as a mantra. From there it was a case of working backwards to define the message of the song. “Equilibrium” explores the opposing thoughts in one’s mind that could affect the current balance of things, the push and pull we all face in making any kind of decision.

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

As a producer it is very easy to get lost in the details of the music, the soundscapes and the melodies. It is easy to disregard the visual elements than can bring a song to life. This is why I (Paul Dal Broi) created Transient Park, to complement each other’s skills and create meaningful art. Transient Park has historically been a place for artists, producers and songwriters to create but I would like to extend that to visual artists and add another dimension to the music we are creating.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song started as a chord progression that moved subtly between two unrelated keys. I wanted the harmony to reflect that push and pull in one’s mind. From there the melody was written pretty quickly with an outline of some key words/phrases. The song then existed for about a year as a solo piano piece. I had a vision for the type of vocal the song needed. A breathy, emotive falsetto voice.  I searched through catalogues of emerging artists in Australia but no one kind of shook me. I decided to broaden the search to more established artists from overseas and then I discovered JT Roach!

What was it like to work with JT Roach and how did that relationship develop?

Hearing JT Roach for the first time left me absolutely mesmerized. I will never forget that moment. He had that sound, that tone, that honest raw emotion. This was the sound I was hearing in my head for Equilibrium’s melody. The search was over. I then immersed myself in all of JT’s broad collection of music. I was completely hooked! It was one thing imagining JT singing on the track but the reality was at some point I had to reach out. It took another six months to finally get the courage to do that especially after learning JT was a professional songwriter who had also written for some incredible artists. Working with JT I found him to be a wonderful person. Always willing to help to get things right. A true professional but also a very genuine person. You can hear this being reflected in his music.

How much did he get to influence the song?

JT influenced the song in many ways through changing of words, phrasing of the melody and experimenting with different vocal layers. Once I had the recording of JT’s vocals it became clearer in what direction the production needed to go. Just hearing that vocal tone of JT’s really helped decide the sound design of the track and the feel of the groove.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?  

Working on my own in the songwriting process  always felt like it was a hurdle to fill the missing gaps of my creations. Being In a room with other writers meant those gaps were filled in literally minutes. Now that was very exciting! I then realized collaborating was the key moving forward and so the idea of Transient Park was realized. A creative space for songwriters and producers.

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

Transient Park has spent the last couple of years bringing people together and enjoying the art of songwriting. As a result we have a large library of material to draw upon and get ready for release. The next step involves focusing on one song, working on the production and finding the right artist for the track all while continuing to write new material.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

In early 2021 we will be releasing our 3rd single called “Medicine”. Recognizing that healing can come not only in the form of a drug or remedy but can also be found in a person.

What else is happening next in Transient Park’s world?

Transient Park is currently working on a trilogy for Electro-Pop artist LIV LI. We are also turning part of our focus to the exciting world of music sync licensing and writing for film and TV. A lifelong dream would be to watch a movie or TV show and hear one of our songs being played. Who knows, maybe that could be Equilibrium!

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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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