This is Ants, one of our writers, pals and lover of all things American!
Q: What is Sweet Comforter all About?
A: It’s a dialogue with God. An honest enquiry from someone who’s aware they’ve done wrong. And of course the response of the father, that his love isn’t conditional on our performance, and that he’s with us through the heartbreak of our failures.
Q: How do you get inspiration to write music? what inspires you? or who?
A: I try and write as often as I can, more often that not with zero inspiration… but I find once I get into the flow of things, I may not have any idea what I’m even writing about, but somewhere down the line it becomes clear to me. Sometimes the inspiration strikes after 2 hours of slogging on what I’m convinced is a bad song. That was kind of how sweet comforter came about to some degree.. we didn’t know we had something until the very end.
Q: Why do you write music? Why do you do what you do?
A: I write music for a small handful of reasons. The most important and enduring reason is I feel it’s my contribution to the kingdom of God.. and to my community, I feel a duty to do it. But it’s more than that for me, it’s cathartic like nothing else in my life. I use it to unravel what ever I’m thinking under the surface, to articulate my thoughts and feelings on things, to talk about things I think are important.
Q: How do you imagine Curate Music will influence the world in which it its reaching ?
A: Hopefully with something real. Sometimes I feel we over estimate the power music has.. sometimes I think we underestimate it. I feel as long as we continue to write something real and pure, people will be able to connect to Jesus through it. Let it remain a vessel for that… and if it reaches few or many it will be a good thing.
Q: Do you have a favourite moment in the album? If so… what is it ?
A: One moment I enjoyed was Christ Divine. I’m so proud of that song from start to finish. I came into the songwriting process on it’s second session, and I felt like we were telling the story of John 1 in a really unique way.. That whole concept of Christ before the world began, the Philippians 2 picture of him leaving divinity and becoming man.. Christ before the world, Christ here and now, Christ the future.. it’s all there in that lyric, in a way that really brought that concept home for me. I always found the arrangement kind of messy, but once we hit that feel with the drums and made the other elements a little more aggressive it started to work so well.. and then when we were recording it, there was so much energy in the room. Everyone was dancing while the music’s blasting in your ears. It had the energy of a live situation, and it feels like that was captured in the recording. The recording process of these eyes was full of moments like that.. a very special thing to be in on.
Q: How do you know a song has legs ?
A: ah who could know haha maybe when you keep coming back to it… or when it doesn’t leave you alone.