Cincinnati, OH’s collaborative ElectroPop trio Passeport unveil their first single And video combo to radio this week–the grand and glorious “Blood”!
Like many groups before them, Passeport’s Brian Davis (synth, producer), Mia Carruthers (vocalist, writer) and Benjamin Hines (writer, guitarist) met in playing in a different band in 2014. When that band fizzled out in 2016, they remained close friends and began to collaborate on songs from the ground up, a process they had never explored in their previous, more traditional group.
The combination of their diverse musical backgrounds and sensibilities allowed them each to be challenged in new ways, as they wrote, produced and recorded together resulting an exciting and empowering collection of songs.
Passeport made its debut with “On the Run,” a collaboration and feature performance with L.A. Electronic/Dance producer/DJ/artist NGHTMRE from his latest EP for Mad Decent, the label founded by Diplo. In 2019, they will release a series of singles leading to their debut EP released by Modern Outsider (coming later this year).
Mia Carruthers is an alum of Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts. Performing as a singer-songwriter since the age of twelve, she contributes vocal melodies, arrangements and lyrics as well as vocal performance. Benjamin Hines is an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist. In Passeport, he writes, composes and performs on guitar. Brian Davis, an Army veteran (82nd Airborne Division), is a composer, producer, keyboardist and bassist.
“’Blood’ was the first song that we fully realized as a band. Our former drummer Sebastien Schultz (Twilight Sad), was playing the progression on electric (guitar) and it really spoke to us. Brian converted that progression to synth and the foundation came together in that session. We composed the rest of the song in pieces, as we would continue to do for all of the songs on the EP— until we hit a wall. That wall for ‘Blood’ turned into Ben’s intentionally extravagant guitar solo. We missed that in today’s music. The current popular structure is so fragmented and at times, diluted, that we wanted to do something flashy and indulgent — mostly to have people tell us it was wrong or stupid. It was a sonic middle finger. We were so charged by this new and collaborative way of writing that we abandoned some of the rules. It was exhilarating.”—Passeport