Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you, very good and excited to finally be able to get this record out!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dogtown”?
“Dogtown” is the first single off our debut record, it’s a very groovy tune, got a lot of EVH influence on it, a very Cali sounding tune, cause to be honest that’s what I was feeling when I wrote it. I had just flown in from LA and picked up the guitar the next morning and all that stuff just came out.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yeah, I wrote the tune about a time when I was in the pits of depression and basically flew out with my girl to LA and just reminiscing on how liberated I felt walking the streets of Venice and Santa Monica. Hitting the beach, enjoying the sunshine, seeing the crazies on the boardwalk all that stuff. So, I wanted to write a tune that was sort paying homage to the place.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes, we filmed a performance video, Thomas Pridgen and I, so that will be out on the 22nd October and will kick off the album promotional campaign.
The single comes off your new album Ivory Towers – what’s the story behind the title?
Honestly, and I don’t want to get too political here, but I was watching the telly and just saw footage of the civil war in Syria, like full on carnage, children killed by airstrikes and all these atrocities and it just hit me that ever since I was born this region, the Middle East has been engulfed in wars. I am privileged not be near what’s happening but I’m not really that far away either, therefore it does impact us. So, I wanted to write a tune about how tyrants and politicians are basically sitting in their “Ivory Towers” and basically destroying the lives of innocent civilians for political or monetary gains.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was pretty quick, I write a lot, I mean I’ve got a whole follow up record written so the tunes came together pretty quick. The recording process was divided into two parts, we started off with the first two singles just because my missus was having our baby and then finished off the rest of the record in less than a couple of months. The only challenge was I got ill with MS halfway through and had to basically take a break to relearn how to play guitar again with the physical impairment I had at the time.
What role does Dubai play in your music?
It’s just where we’re based, that’s all.
How has Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden influenced your writing?
Well Ozzy’s music is a huge deal for me, both with Sabbath and solo, I mean Tony Iommi is one of my biggest influences as a riff writer, but Randy Rhoads is also one of my “holy trinity” of guitar along with Eddie Van Halen and Hendrix so you’ll often here licks inspired by him. Those records were massive for me in my formative years as an aspiring musician.
Maiden are also a huge influence and have been ever since I was a child. Everything from Steve’s bass playing to Bruce’s vocals or Adrian’s guitar playing has impacted us. We have a lot of twin lead harmonies in our tunes but that’s also credit to Thin Lizzy.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
There’s no definitive topic or inspiration really. Lyrics come to me from different experiences, could be about dealing with certain struggles, something I see on the news or even historical events, it’s really varied. I’ve even written about my illness and coping with it.
What else is happening next in WINTERBURN’s world?
Well, I’m finalising the writing and demo’ing process on a follow up LP to “Ivory Towers,” the music’s pretty much almost fully written, just need to demo the last few tunes and we’ve got around a dozen brand new tunes to lay down. I want us to be consistent and get music out regularly considering the long wait we had with this LP due to the pandemic.
We’re also planning to tour next year, more of that will be announced on our website and other platforms, so look out for that!