INTERVIEW: Astoria State

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

Great!! Just finished a two week tour. I’m actually currently en-route back to California. Thanks so much for having us 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Leave It To Me” – what was your inspiration for the song?   Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

“Leave It To Me” is really about Astoria State as a band, at its core – It’s just us. It’s a rock song that moves with the roller coaster. It’s vulnerable, it’s confident, it’s broken, it’s unbreakable. We just really wanted it to take someone to that place where they’ve been down and remember that they made it out. I wouldn’t say it’s about a particular instance, as much as a particular path that we as humans find ourselves on sometimes, when this particular path didn’t take us where we thought it would. It’s a reminder to not let your failure define you, but rather propel you to the next victory.  

How was the filming process and experience behind the “Leave It To Me” video?

The process for filming was super smooth. This was the second video we filmed with Sean Sweetman of Sweetman Media and he killed it for us again. We shot on the same location in Hemet, California as our debut “Nobody Knows” video shoot, as the story is a series that thread together over different videos.  The viewers get a little more glimpse as to where the mysterious crate came from in the second installment  – the “Leave It To Me” video. 

How was the recording and writing process for this song?

The writing for this one came fast!  It was actually the second song we wrote together – and it really just came to life. The demo we took to the studio did change some but for the most part the “meat and potatoes” of the song is what ended up as the finished recording.

What was it like to work with Ron Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as your producer and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Ronnie was really great and easy since he’s the singer of my other band, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, LOL!  Seriously – working with him as a producer was definitely a great experience.  It was a little different, obviously, because I’m the singer of Astoria State – but he has always been a mentor to me and this recording experience was no different. The songs came out so much better with him producing as he was instrumental in helping us with different parts and arrangements.  He brings that “next level” of experience in the studio – so it was really great to have him on board in the recording stages.

How much did Ron influence the song?

“Leave it To Me” was pretty much written before we went into the studio, but we all felt really good about the song and wanted to make sure it was right.  Ronnie definitely had influence on us trying some other arrangements or parts and putting parts in different areas to make the song the best it could be.  We were all super happy with the result! 

This is your 2nd single after the successful debut of “Nobody Knows” – can we expect new material by the end of the year?

YES, definitely!  We have a whole EP recorded and we will be releasing it in late summer.  So please follow us and subscribe everywhere and stay tuned, we’ve got more music and videos on the way.

What else is happening next in Astoria State’s world – any more tour dates coming up?

Absolutely  – We are on tour with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus through 2022, so we are definitely gearing up for and booking shows this summer and fall.  The shows we just finished were amazing and the fan reaction was killer!

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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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