Writer of the Week: Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez
Matt Vazquez, guitarist for California ex-pats Delta Spirit, recently spoke with American Songwriter about the band’s fourth studio album, Into the Wide, which comes out on September 9th. Vazquez made sure to share with us his thoughts on the new album as well as some songwriting inspirations from inside of the band’s “Rat Cave” writing space, including Neil Young, Prince, conversations with strangers, and dream co-writer King David.
How would you describe Into the Wide?
Looking inward to get outward.
How would you compare it to your last album?
Our last last LP had a lot of reaching in it. It was rediscovering what we could do as band. Into the Wide is more entrenched in the center of our tastes. I wrote 45 songs, and we worked for over a year toiling over the music. Every song five out of five of us voted it on the record.
What was it like writing songs in a windowless room? Claustrophobic? Helpful?
For me it was a it was a place of solitude that I could create the characters of the record. It was also infested with rats, flooded by Hurricane Sandy, and then infest with rats again. It’s been affectionately called “The Rat Cave.” As a band we found it very difficult to get on the same page in such a closed in environment. Once we got to Atlanta everything just clicked. A little natural light goes a long way.
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