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GRACE BLUE

via Emily Von Urff

IG:   @gracebluemusic    Code : Singer, musician

IG: @gracebluemusic

Code: Singer, musician

“I’m so tired of screaming.”

The line echoes in a call and response as Grace Mogz stands alone in a room, a single window illuminating the empty space with dusty pink light. For the singer, the line seems to act as both a reminder of her pain and a call to action to escape it.

“Nowhere to Go” is the newest video from LA alternative-pop duo Grace Blue. Mogz, a vocalist, pairs with keyboard player Joseph Arazi on a project that emulates the trippy beats of Marian Hill and the dark, socially conscious lyrics of Lorde. Their self-titled EP was released last July, a five-song dive into Mogz’s mind and Arazi’s electronic composition.

LACE got a chance to learn more about Grace Blue’s creative process in an exclusive interview with Mogz. The following is from our digital conversation.

 


Your self-titled EP is very self-aware of the problems that seem to be weighing not only on you but also on this collective ‘us.’ Did you write this EP purely focusing on your experiences or tapping into some of the collective issues you see in society as well?

I think it's a combination of both, i always write about my personal experiences but also about things i see around me that i try to understand and that bother me.

 

“Wasted Youth” addresses the technology-driven, self-obsessed stereotypes that rests on millennials. Do you see this song as a warning to our age group to become more present?

I believe that most of us are gonna look back when we'll be in our 50's and have a feeling that we missed out on a lot, i was actually inspired to write "Wasted Youth" on a Friday night while i was trying to find something fun to do and my friends all just preferred to stay at home and stare at their screens instead.

it made me think of all the adventures and memories i'm not gonna have and that i wish i did have, we tend to get so comfortable and lazy inside our cages and forget that we only live once, it's like so many people care more about posting a picture where it seems like they're having fun and having close connections to others more than actually having fun and having close connections, it would always frustrate me to see it.

 

 

 

Describe your creative process as a duo. Do you work as a collaborative pair all the way through or only come together during certain stages?

We actually never write songs together, usually i first start with a vocal melody and lyrics or a hook, after that i ask Joseph to find the right basic chords for what I've got and that's when we get together, the last stage of creating it is when we work alongside a producer and develop it even more.

 

You just released the video for “Nowhere to Go” a few weeks ago. Tell us a little about the inspiration behind its concept.

The song was written about being stuck in an unhealthy situation in your life, in a relationship that isn't good for you, whether it's a romantic one, a family one or even with a friend or a job, because you don't feel like you have a better option. We want to let the viewers have their own interpretation of most of the story, the video has a story where you see a very sick father-daughter relationship where the girl is longing for attention and love that she later understands that she'll never get from her father, It represents how we all tend to try to fix relationships that cannot be fixed and let them damage us and trap us in the fantasy of what it should or could be and not believe we deserve better.

 

The video plays with this interesting idea of the relationship between different generations and how those narratives of care and neglect affect us. Do you see music as a bridge between the past and the present, almost as a way for our present selves to process the past?

I like how the video is very self explanatory and each person that you would ask "what's the story behind it?" would answer you differently, but always with a deep powerful meaning. We're all effected by the ways that we were raised and treated by others as children and carry our issues with us, when we grow up we tend to do the same and kind of "pass it over".

 

Why did choose to curate these very pioneer and wilderness-based aesthetics for “Nowhere to Go” and “Our Eyes?” There seems to be some very traditional cultural elements within “Our Eyes” as well.

It's something that we started in the first video "Our Eyes" and decided to keep going with it for the "Nowhere To Go" video but in a less drastic way, cause we felt like it adds something very unique and interesting.

 

Why did choose to curate these very pioneer and wilderness-based aesthetics for “Nowhere to Go” and “Our Eyes?” There seems to be some very traditional cultural elements within “Our Eyes” as well.

It's something that we started in the first video "Our Eyes" and decided to keep going with it for the "Nowhere To Go" video but in a less drastic way, cause we felt like it adds something very unique and interesting.

 

 

 

If you could pick two artists/bands to tour with, who would you pick?

Nine Inch Nails, Eminem

What’s next for Grace Blue?

A lot of shows are planned for this year, we wanna start working on some new music and more music videos... stay tuned!

 

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