How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
My lyrics take all different kind of forms. Usually I write them based off something I’ve experienced or an emotion I’ve felt, but I also tend to write lyrics based off how others might feel or what they’ve gone through in a situation so it can go quite a few different ways.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Wow, that’s a hard one because I think a lot of things are important, but lately I’ve been thinking how important it is for every aspect of the song including lyric, melody, sonic soundscape etc… to all line up to express the emotion the song is giving. It’s all about the song being “gestalt”, which basically means everything about the song lines up as a whole to elicit the emotion you want the listener to feel.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I guess to a certain extent I can get nervous about people getting a glimpse of my darkest thoughts and struggles, but it’s always difficult to be completely vulnerable in life so writing is a good place to get it all out. Also, I like to take the smallest emotion I might feel and blow it up into something massive and let it take on a world of its own. It’s some kind of therapy for me so I think it’s worth it to completely open up in my lyrics.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you) even if not released yet?
Again, really difficult because I have so many lyrics that mean a lot to me, but I think the most important lyric from this song “Flames”, would have to be, “why choose a bed of nails, come lay your head on roses. You live the life you lead. Build homes or drop explosions.” It’s basically just saying that we have a choice to make when it comes to love/relationship/and life in general. By our words and actions we can either choose for it to be amazing or absolutely devastating and that’s our choice.
What inspired “Flames”, your debut single?
So basically the initial inspiration was thinking about how words and actions destroy relationships just as quickly as flames can destroy a house etc… I also used my mom’s house being burned down by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado as inspiration. My mom and a few of my siblings basically lost most of their possessions within a few hours and my family lost almost all of our photos and memories from our childhood in that fire.
Will you release soon a new song? Are you preparing the release of an EP?
I will definitely be releasing a new song soon. I have so many songs that I wish I could share sooner to the world, but there will definitely be a few coming out soon, and then I’m sure there will be an ep to follow.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
To just relax and sing however I feel the emotion at the time for the song. Convey the emotion above anything else.
What are your plans for 2019?
Writing, writing, writing. And of course getting some more songs ready for release.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your song “Flames”: Aggressive.
- The best show you ever played: It was actually a fashion show type of event and I got to perform while walking down the runway. Best experience ever.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Hah. Not sure. Probably my support system.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: A lot, but I just remember a lot of singing to Celine Dion believe it or not.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: The first thing that came to mind at the moment is from ‘Anxiety‘ by Julia Michaels and Selena Gomez. “But all my friends, they don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like / They don’t understand why I can’t sleep through the night / I’ve been told that I could take something to fix it / Damn, I wish it, I wish it was that simple, ah / All my friends they don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like.”
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Communication. It’s always about communicating and being completely honest, no matter how difficult that is.