Youth Fountain - Sound In The Signals Interview

Jarrod Anthonee
I recently had the opportunity to interview Youth Fountain. We discussed the new ‘Keepsakes & Reminders Acoustic’ EP, songwriting, the recording process, artwork, performing in the UK, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview.

Of course! It's my pleasure. Thank you for having me!

You recently released your new EP ‘Keepsakes & Reminders Acoustic’. How do you feel about fan response so far? 

It's felt great! The response seems to be overall very positive and all YF fans seems to be very excited about it and love how the tunes feel being stripped down and more bare bones.

It features newer songs 'Speaking In Tongues' and 'Gut Feeling'. Can you tell us more about writing those songs? 

Of course! Those two tracks were written pretty much after 'Keepsakes & Reminders' was released back in November 2021. Once I started demoing them out when I was feeling inspired and in a bit of a rut mentally, they sort of came together as being two singles to release sometime in 2022 - ultimately they became bonus tracks on K&R later in 2022. So that's sort of how those tracks came to be.

Gut Feeling” tackles existential questions about the world we live in, life decisions, and loss. What do you hope listeners take away from the song? What did you take away from the process of creating the song? 

Yeah, absolutely. That track is for sure all about those topics. Usually when I write songs, there are always those existential undertones in my music. I mostly just write like that because that is how I'm feeling at the given time. It helps me get through those feelings and that's ultimately what I would hope others take away from the songs is to help them get through those feelings as well.  

Can you tell us more about the recording process? What came easiest in the process and what took the longest to complete?

Yes, so the EP was recorded with Tim Creviston. He also worked on the record 'Keepsakes & Reminders' so to do a whole new stripped down version of the singles acoustically went very smooth. I would say the only tricky parts re-recording acoustic songs is having to remember how they went and re-learning what was tracked before because most of the time I always forget what I wrote funny enough. Haha. 

As you mentioned, you worked with Tim Creviston. What did this add to the process? 

I did! It's great. He's a fantastic friend of mine and really cares about the project. Making music with him is always a great time and I recommend anyone wanting to record and EP or full length to reach out and get some stuff done with him.

The artwork is really cool. Tell us more about your vision and the meaning behind the artwork. 

Thank you! For the EP there wasn't really much I did for any art direction. The artist 'neverglad' on Instagram made it up for YF when we were looking for some art and he pitched it to me after telling him which songs were on the EP. So it's really all his ideas on the art! Very happy with how it turned out.

You recently performed your first full band headline show in the UK at New Cross Inn and then performed at Slam Dunk Festival. What was that experience like for the band? Who were you excited to see at Slam Dunk Festival? 

Both the club show and Slam Dunk was insane! To fly over across the world and play in a new city and have fans there was so surreal and I will always be incredibly grateful that people enjoy what YF does. 

I was super excited to see Less Than Jake, Enter Shikari, Trophy Eyes, Fireworks, Hawthorne Heights, Grayscale, Movements. The list goes on! It was unreal!

What’s next for 2023 and beyond? 

Putting out some singles hopefully from the new upcoming full length, more touring, writing, getting the word out about Youth Fountain. That's about it!

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

To anyone reading - thank you sincerely. 

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