Tell us more about your new EP “ First Move”, what was the most difficult moment while preparing it? and the most rewarding one?
There was a period of time, maybe 4 months where I felt the EP wasn’t quite finished but didn’t know how to finish it.
I left it alone but it was hard to have that amount of time pass by feeling
Eventually I realized I wanted to build the vocal production up a bit more into what it became.
The most rewarding moments are listening back and feeling proud of the songs.
Loosely ending up within the sonic world you plan for can be really challenging since there are infinite possibilities; I was happy that the songs felt authentic to me.
Are there any ‘crazy’ behind the scenes anecdotes from the album sessions that you can share with us?
Nothing crazy really! It was just myself, Derek, & Alan (my producers) working hard most of the time in the studio.
My favourite moment was stumbling upon the chaotic synth line in the bridge of Day Dreamin’.
All three of us had a role on a Juno-106 to create that and when it happened it totally blew my mind. It’s the biggest crescendo on the EP & was a super euphoric creative discovery.
Is there a link, lyrically speaking, between all its songs?
Thematically I try to maintain honesty & a sense of nostalgia.
What inspired the verses of “Are you happy”?
Are You Happy is a depiction of a short lived romance that I thought was going to be more of a thing. It was the first time I had experienced that and it hit me pretty hard.
I had only ever had long term relationships up until that point.
And “First Move”?
Those verses detail the progression of one evening with someone I had a big sparkly crush on. I tried to really capture the nuances of my thought process in that situation – when you’re excited, but nervous and trying to say and do all the right things.
You notice every little dynamic. It’s so overwhelming. The “how did I get here, what did you say dear” part is supposed to be like a moment that you’re snapping out of.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
I like the first verse of It’ll Be Alright. I’m proud of the weirdo time signature for the verses in this song and I think the lyrics are stronger in the first verse.
And the one of your favorite song (not written by you)?
It’s Too Late by Carole King. I love her.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
They usually just come when I sit down at the piano and am working out a vocal melody simultaneously. I’ll finesse as I go but rarely write anything down.
What is the last song you wrote?
Sometimes no songs come and sometimes 3 songs come to me at a time and I have to snag the parts out of the universe and fit them in their proper place. Right now the latter is happening.
The working titles are Feel Again, All I Know, and Like A Woman (all unfinished and unreleased).
What does music mean to you?
What makes you happy in life?
Love, music, family, friends, vintage gowns, sharing a meal with someone, baths with candles, roses, real fireplaces, hugs and kisses, making people laugh.
Are you planning to tour soon?
Yes! I’m just starting to put the pieces together to do some US & Canadian dates for the Spring.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Trouble is”?
I think I wrote that over the course of 3 days a couple years ago.
Writing that song was a blur, but I vividly remember the night that inspired the song.
It started at The Horseshoe in Toronto.
The imagery is real.
*Photo Credit: Laura-Lynn Petrick*