INTERVIEW: Bantum

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

I’m doing very well thank you! Excited to have some new music out.

– Can you talk to us more about your latest single and EP, “New Leaf”?

For sure! This came from a very productive period last November/December. I was actively looking to make some more upbeat and funkier music than my previous work, so I bought a new guitar and started jamming some ideas. I took a lot of influence from the SAULT records, Soulwax remixes, early Daft Punk and Prince to name a few.

– Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song or the whole EP?

It was a guitar! I bought myself a Fender Strat as a present to myself for getting through a very rough year and the second I bought the ideas started to flow.

– Any plans to release any video for the track?

I am working with a director on an idea for New Leaf. Its early days but I wrote a brief and am excited to see the results.

– Why did you name the album after the title song in particular?

While writing the music it really felt like I was doing something new for myself at the time, like I was turning a new leaf as the phrase is known. That stuck in my head for a while so I ended up naming the EP and title track after that.

– How was the recording and writing process?

Very fast! Everything was done in the space of a month as I was in a very positive, creative mood. I spent January fine tuning, mixing and mastering but the music was made before Christmas. I also had the artwork from a previous project and kept that for New Leaf as I loved it.

– What role does Ireland play in your music?

I’m constantly inspired by the Irish art and music scene that I’m proud to be a part of. Everyone I know is so supportive and enthusiastic that it tends to rub off on you and keep you going. On top of that I love living near the beach and the countryside where I can go to unwind and regain some inspiration when I need to. Its a nice base to have amongst the madness.

– How has Daft Punk and Prince influenced your writing?

Massively! I looked at Daft Punks Homework album as an influence for this EP, particularly Da Funk. That track is so deceptively simple and addictive, I’m still trying to figure out how they did it. Prince is a lifelong influence too, you can hear it in the guitars I layered on New Leaf. That was an indirect reference to Controversy. I didn’t realise I had ripped the guitar line until I listen to the track again recently.

– What aspect of party life did you get to explore on this record?

I really explored the fact that there is nowhere to party yet! The record was made almost in anticipation of getting back to the club, hence the funkier direction for me. Its been a goal of mine to make tracks you can DJ, whereas in the past my tracks have needed remixes for that fact.

– Where else did you find the inspiration for the music?

I tend to do a lot of running around my native Cork city, and I’ve come across countless ideas while rambling about, so I guess the city was an inspiration in a way.

– What else is happening next in Bantum’s world?

I’m working on a hip hop EP with an Irish speaking rapper called Suil Amhain. We have some tunes already on Spotify which you can check, but we’re working on more to come. Its something different for me! 

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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