How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
With pen & pad, writing is something I do regularly. It’s just doing it. – Jaba
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Transparency, to a certain level of storytelling. Song writing creates an environment to experience when done right and in a group setting, there’s a balance between open-mindedness and integrity. Nobody wants to play songs they don’t like, but as a songwriter in a band, open-mindedness is a key element of collaboration. Without this compromise, ideas never manifest themselves.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not at all. Music is how we process & overcome pain. We always share our wisdom and reveal things to ourselves through making music. We are privileged with the ability to take all those complex, multi-faceted aspects of human life and put them on tape. As a byproduct of songwriting, we figure these things out about ourselves. Those strangers listening to our music may too and that’s really what music is about, the experience.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I couldn’t decide honestly, but the lyrics i enjoy the most are the innuendos, like in “NOT YOU” I say, “your floor is getting drowsy on my favorite pair of jeans” & in “SUMMER NIGHTS” I explicitly say “when the blood rush weakens wisdom, you know I’ll hold you tight.” – Jaba
What inspired “Delivered”, your latest single?
“DELIVERED” was inspired by one mans journey to find love & show gratitude for it. That one man is Brian Scott Sherman, who co-wrote 3 songs with us on this Album.
And “On My Way”?
“ON MY WAY” was inspired by insanity, trying the same thing over & over, knowing the outcome, knowing the pain, knowing the mistake.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Not You”?
Actually, yes. It was a pretty memorable weekend. We were all in Park City, Utah for the a couple days stying in a cabin with our recording engineer, Pat Hundley one night Remy was playing this riff on an acoustic bass and we all just jammed. It was a great writing experience.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Adapt & overcome, growth & awareness, experience & knowledge. The common theme, I guess, is realizing what’s toxic & not granting quality in life, moving on or facing it.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
To use the Shure SM-57, great mic.
What are your plans for the few remaining months of 2019?
To give ears an album they deserve, have fun, & spread love.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Breach”: Engaging.
- The best show you ever played: The album release show at 172 inside the Rio with Damaris. The sound on stage kicks ass at this venue and everyone we love was there. Support and the perfect sharing of vibes with the audience.
- The one thing that you must have backstage: Pabst Blue Ribbon.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Rugrats theme song.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: “Four Winds” – Bright Eyes.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Communication, if you suck at that… you’ll forever have issues or be single. So talk and set goals together.