A Q&A with Tramston Valley

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Tramston Valley are a 3-piece rock band from Tokyo – here’s a chat with singer and songwriter Haruki (language barriers excused)…

How did you get the title of your latest single, and what does it mean to you?
Okay, I’ll explain about a new single ‘From Inside of Me’. I think many people only look at the surface. For example SNS, that world has many fake things. So we have to make sure of the truth or fake on my own. We have to change from inside for that. And have to make the real things. Simply put, I’m singing those things in the song.

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
We recorded by remote style, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. First single was made with a pro-engineer in the recording studio. So it was a new challenge to us. But I learned many things and fun. So we’re gonna make the next EP by self recording.

What do you enjoy the most about producing your own material?
I enjoyed mixing, I don’t like the hi-fi sound, so I tried to make an old skool rock sound.

What do you want the listener to take away from hearing your music?
Shame and negative mind.

How does a track normally come together for the band? Can you tell us a bit about that process?
First, I make a demo track , then discuss details while jamming in the studio over and over.

How would you say that the sound of your band has changed over the last year?
We changed to a more classic rock style, keep rockin’ and we had an improvisation style. We needed a different colour to other bands.

What bands/artists have influenced you the most since you started your own band/project, and why?
It’s John Mayer, because his live show has many directions: band style, acoustic style, blues rock trio. We have the same situation as him. We released very rock songs, but our home place is a small bookstore. We play different style acoustic music at a bookstore. So we refer to John Mayer.

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When the world is back to normal, where would you really like to tour, and why?
We wanna go to local cities in Japan and other countries because we like to eat delicious food, we wanna find many delicious foods.

If you could only pick one track for our reader to listen to, to get a taster of your music, which one would you go far, and why?
‘Are You Ready’ from the first single. This song is simple and rock and aggressive! and have our originality! Please listen to it!

Where do you see your band in five years’ time?
Actually, I have no idea for now, in this pandemic situation. So I hope Tramston Valley never disappears five years later haha!

The single ‘From Inside of Me’ by Tramston Valley is out now
For more info visit: facebook.com/tramston

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