UK rockers, Deaf Havana, released their latest album, All These Countless Nights, on January 27, 2017 (purchase it here), and we were so intrigued by the simple-yet-evocative cover artwork that we took the opportunity to get some more specific details from the band themselves.
What was the inspiration for the album's cover artwork? Veck-Gilodi: Well Cece, the girl in the album cover artwork, appears in all of our videos for the new record as basically the main character, representing me and feeling alone, in a kind of weird way. Haha. Basically, I just wanted to capture her on the front cover, it sums up the album title and the record.
What were the partnership's dynamics like? For example, was a specific look given, or did the artist have full free rein? Veck-Gilodi: Well, to be honest, we kind of gave the artists free rein on it all. We felt that because they work in this field every day, they have a much better understanding of how to execute certain things. Of course, we were very involved in the direction of the artwork and the overall look, but the artists were the real workers behind it all.
Did the artist who did the cover art hear the album before hand? Or, what kind of input did you give him/her? Veck-Gilodi: They didn't actually, they pretty much went in blind. It was cool, though, they're an amazing group of people from Mexico and they're just so creative, so we pretty much just let them call the shots.
Have you ever purchased an album solely because of its album artwork? If yes, did the music live up to the artwork? Veck-Gilodi: I have indeed, it was Portamento by The Drums. And no, unfortunately, it wasn't for me.
With the increasing popularity of digital music, most fans view artwork as just pixels on a screen. Why did you feel the artwork was important? Veck-Gilodi: Well, I never used to care, but if people can make a purchase solely based on album artwork, then I think it is very important in this day and age.
Do you prefer having the most creative control when you get a project, or do you prefer when the band gives you a lot of input? Veck-Gilodi: It really depends. If I decide it all by myself, I get lost down some weird wormhole of ideas and I end up not knowing what is good and what is bad, so in my opinion, it really helps to have people to bounce ideas off!