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Your new album What Defines You came out on May 24, how has the reception been?
The reception has been great so far! The reviews for the album have been great and all of the comments/feedback on our social media has been very positive. We are playing an entirely new set live comprised of songs from this album and those have been going over well with new/old fans as well.
Is there any special meaning with the album title?
Growing up, I went through years where I lost my way and make a bunch of mistakes that could have left me in jail, continuously hurting people or I could have been dead myself. It was gaining clarity through loves ones and focusing on the one passion I had throughout my entire life that allowed me this second chance at life. I wasnt going to let my past haunt me or dictate my future and that is where the name "What Defines You" comes from. It is taking ownership of your life and saying that you will do whatever you can to enrich yourself, without hurting others and spreading that love so that others can see your light and do the same. It is not letting mistakes of the past define you as person, rather establish the blueprint of what not to do in order to reach your highest potential.
Now that the album is done, what are you most excited about?
Being able to play more songs live! This album is one we have been working on for almost 4 years now so being able to fully transition into this era of the band has been a long time coming. We feel like 'What Defines You" is the most accurate representation of where we are as people and as a band so we can fully realize the potential now.
Are there any particular songs that are currently your favorite and why would that be?
My personal favorites to play live at the moment are No Control, Thanks For Nothing, and Suffer. Each of them has relentless energy, big choruses/hooks for the crowd to sing along with us, and is heavy enough to get the mosh pits going throughout the set. Part of our goal with all of the songs was to make sure that we craft a nonstop, dynamic set that doesn’t let up live.
What was your favorite part of the writing your current album?
My favorite part was definitely recording the album. We did it in three sessions and each time I feel like we achieved a new level in our sound. This was one of the most organic writing processes we have had in our bands career from the standpoint that all of us in the band knew where we wanted to go and concentrated solely on that. When we were in the studio, ideas bounced around and the best ones made the cut. There were even times when we wrote whole songs on the spot because the mood and energy was in the right place. For me as well, I felt I could be creative and experiment without going overboard or doing something that would go against what we were working to achieve.
What do you hope to hope to achieve with your music?
We want to connect with people on a genuine human level. The stories we talk about in our songs are from our personal experiences/world view are ones that most of us at some point will go through and we just want people to know that we are the same as you and in some way shape or form, we will do our best to be a light in your life so you can pass it on in yours. Our favorite artists did that for us and we want to carry that tradition as long as we possibly can.
What would you like people to know about Of Virtue’s music?
It is honest, passionate, selfless, emotional and sincere. It takes personal growth on our behalf to continue making the music that we do so we would want people to take away the fact that we are striving to become the best versions of ourselves at all times.
What has been the most surprising aspect of being in the music business?
I cant say its "surprising" per se, but the amount of cutthroat people that are willing to do absolutely anything and everything to get where they want to be that exist. Like anything else, music business is "business" and whenever money is involved, there is a level of accountability and professionalism that has to be practiced so you aren’t taken advantage of. The amount of people who are in positions of power that spread a message of love, positivity etc. that DO NOT practice what they preach is also something that has surprised me as well.
Are there any tours lined up that you can talk about?
We are going on a headline tour of Asia in mid July and have a few things lining up at the moment that will be announced very soon!
Any last words of what fans can expect this year from Of Virtue?
More shows/tours, follow us on social media and see what we are up to!
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