INTERVIEW: Highbeams

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

• Good! Thanks for asking. Hope you’re doing well. We’re excited for the new year to unfold, and hoping to perform much, much more than last year. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Take Care Of Me”?

• Well, as you’d imagine, we love playing it. We think it’s a really fun, relatable song, and we’re exciting people have been enjoying it. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?• No one particular event. Take Care of Me is generally about self doubt, and letting the fear of failure keep you stagnant. Not letting go of something (or someone) because you’re afraid, when moving on would make your life a whole lot better. The song is from the point of view of someone giving advice, without realizing they should be taking that very same advice. But that’s harder to do than giving it. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

• This video was all in the hands of Tony Desantis. We just love his style and asked if he’d want to make a music video for the song, but what he did was all up to him. It turned out even better than we had hoped, just amazing. I feel it captures the fun energy of the song perfectly. 

How was the recording and writing process?

• I recall this one being written quite quickly. There’s something comfortable and natural about it for us. As far as recording and mixing goes, I’ll let Ian answer that. All I do in the studio is play my part and make vague suggestions. Ian: The recording came fairly quickly, too. We luckily never had a point where we were stuck thinking “something is missing here, but I don’t know what”. Not to say that we just went through the motions or anything, but I think we all had close to the same imagine in mind when we started recording it. From the demo to the final, the only part that changed the was the bass guitar. Usually there is a lot more for us!

How has Shakey Graves and Avett Brothers influenced your writing?

• I only really started listening to Shakey Graves about two years ago, and one of the biggest things I love about his music (besides his voice and lyrics) is how much he can do with very little. It inspires my imagination when writing. I think I tend to want to keep adding to the song, but his music makes me try to do more with less. I’m still figuring that out as far as writing goes. For the Avett Brothers, they do something similar, but in a unique to them way. They don’t need to overcomplicate things; the lyrics and melody make the songs beautiful. 

What role does Atlanta play in your music?

• I personally love living near Atlanta. I’m not sure what role it plays, but I love the energy of the city, and the amount of creative people who find opportunities there is inspiring. 

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

• We have a lot of new music! At least 10 more songs in process of being recorded/mixed and many more being written. We’ll release one in April, probably with a music video and some more (hopefully funny) promotional videos. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

• No, but maybe when we’re performing more consistently we’ll decide on an album release day. For a title, I’m thinking “The Big Day” or “Highbeams in Space”. But Ian and Stephen may have other ideas. 

What else is happening next in Highbeams’ world? 

• Just a lot of writing, and Ian is constantly mixing and perfecting our recordings in his studio. Right now he’s working on what will eventually be our next album. Like a lot of bands, we’re just working on songs until live performance becomes a safe thing to do again. Until then, it’s hard to plan too far ahead. But, having a lot of songs we love is always a good idea! 

"Take Care of Me" - Official Music Video

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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