How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Lyrics and melodies seem to come to me. Sometimes, I’ll have a particular theme or feeling I want to write about, and other times it just kinda happens and I figure out the lyrical theme as I’m working on it.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
To be genuine and honest. I love pop styled melodies, but the lyrics of a lot of those songs are shallow, plastic, and disingenuous. Obviously, that’s just my opinion though.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I use to be. I would hide behind ambiguous lyrics and big themes. I was afraid of saying what I actually felt, but I’ve grown past that as a songwriter. I’ve learned that in sharing myself through lyrics with others, a deeper attachment can be made. I want my writing to have a positive impact on the listener and, I now know that, one of the best ways to do that is to be very real, and not shy away from topics or themes.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“Stop using my name”. It’s a part of the pre chorus in Wolves. It’s incredibly blunt and there is no other way it can be taken. I instantly felt a burden off of my shoulders when I allowed myself to say that.
What inspired “Vultures,” part of your upcoming EP “Animus”?
Lyrically, the song is about standing up for yourself and knowing what you believe in and why you believe in it. We live in such a climate where opinions are thrown around as truth and fact, but little research is actually done. We believe things because we’re told to, but we never actually look for ourselves.
The collection of songs on Animus come from a place of frustration and hope. The guys and I have been through things over the past year and a half and the themes of the songs are shaped around that.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Wolves”?
I don’t remember when I had the lyrics and melody. I do remember having Brandon over to work out the music for it on some acoustic guitars. I sang him what I had and the music formed around it.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
Hope is entwined throughout the songs on the EP. Understanding that some things happen and they’re outside of your control, but it’s ok. Tomorrow is a new day and, the experiences you’ve been through will help shape who you are.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Use less words.
What are your plans for 2019?
We’re finalizing everything for the release of our EP and we’ve started writing for 2020. I’m excited for us to continue to discover who we are and implement new tones and textures into our music.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Animus”: Hope.
- The best show you ever played: We recently had the opportunity to support Lacey Sturm at the Masquerade in Atlanta and the crowd was absolutely nuts. Hearing people singing Siren and Wolves was very special.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Calm The Fire – Alter Bridge.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Be patient and put the other person first. Look to see what you can give the relationship rather than take from it.