We were thrilled when BalconyTV Brooklyn invited us to perform one of our songs on their rooftop in Greenpoint. What a perfect sunny day to play "On Holiday"- it felt like perpetual vacation up there with that incredible view of our beautiful city.
Photo by Rick Perez Rick Perez is a photographer and journalist for the Indie music website 'Black On the Canvas'. We spent the day with him in the aftermath of the monster snow storm that dropped a blanket of snow over Manhattan. Rick captured Fort Vine in the city's urban winter wonderland. Click HERE for the full interview.
Our songwriting adventure ended nearly a week ago and we are still buzzing from all the positive energy. Each morning we would wake up slowly, one by one, and mosey to the kitchen where Trevor would start brewing a massive pot of freshly ground coffee. We'd throw some logs into the wood stove, eat a five-star breakfast made by Trevor's mom, Alice, and then start to jam together. It felt like we were living in a rock star fantasy land. There were many different musical places we explored together and definitely pushed our limits as songwriters. Sometimes we tried playing each other's instruments which was really fun. We recorded almost 50 hours of material and now we are pulling from those amazing bursts of inspiration to continue writing our next album.
Yesterday we had a great day driving Upstate. It was a sweet feeling to leave the city, knowing we were headed to the countryside. We stocked up on delicious groceries at the local Hannaford grocery store and then picked up Luke at the Hudson train station. Late last night we finally got all our music equipment up and running. We had a little trouble getting the audio interfaces working in sync but Luke and Kenny are geniuses and figured it out! We all hit the hay around 2am. It was a great first day! Today we get busy writing some new grooves. Stay tuned.
(The photo above is our "studio" set up that invaded the living room.)
In two days we will pack up all our music gear from our Brooklyn studio and head into the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York for a week-long songwriting retreat! (16th-22nd) We will be living together, drinking coffee every morning next to the warm wood stove and letting the inspiration of the country air amplify our creativity. The beauty of technology these days is that you, too can be a part of this experience by following our Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We may even stream some of our songwriting sessions live through a free app you can download to your phone called Periscope. Fun stuff!
Our goal for this trip is to write music for the next album. We're excited to test out this form of collaboration and share with you the new material we create together.
When we return from the Catskill Mountains we will be performing at The Bowery Electric on January 29th at 8:00p.m. If you'll be in NYC that Friday night you can pre-order tickets HERE.
As we were walking through the woods in Upstate New York, all leafy-brown and ready for winter, we felt the energy of the forest move us and began to get creative! We collected twigs, ferns, acorns, berries, pine needles and little white flowers. We spelled out Fort Vine on some beautiful bright green moss we found on a cold grey rock. Then we thought how fun it would be if other Fort Viners started creating their own Fort Vine art with found objects in nature. Please be a part of this cooperative art project and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging us @fortvine and including #fortvinenaturetag in the description.
Rob Ledonne of The New York Observer has written a great article about Fort Vine. We were included as one of New York City's best unsigned bands and we are so humbly grateful. The article is about how difficult it is to be a successful band in New York City but the truth is that it's just plain hard to do that anywhere. I attribute any of our success to our family and fans who really believe in our art and invest their time and money to help us share it with the world.
After our performance at Central Washington University we were interviewed by The CWU Observer. Nick Oliver wrote a great article from our interview. If you read carefully you may learn where the inspiration for our band's name came from. You can check it out HERE.
We recently traveled out to the West Coast to play a show at Central Washington University. It was hosted similar to a KEXP show and we were interviewed during the performance. We had the coolest time traveling around Washington, Nyna's original home land. We had a RED car! It had a Turbo in it and we raced a corvette on the highway and won. Then I woke up from that dream and we played our show. You can listen to it here.