How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Writing lyrics is an interesting process. There are so many different scenarios… and each inspiration has a mind of its own. The most common way I would say is when an idea for a song hits me, I run with it the best I can. I will write down every single line and phrase that comes to mind and then I will sift through to find the gold. I have files and files of lyrical ideas, that just need to be honed in on or brought forward when the time is right.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
The emotion around the song. The lyrics are there to bring across a specific feeling. If the feeling is not there and the focus isn’t clear, then go back to the drawing board. I try to never give up on a song until I feel I’ve done everything I can for it. Music is meant for us to connect to… it has to plug in to some sort of feeling or it’s not working.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Definitely! Though the more I practice being vulnerable, the easier it gets. I realize more than ever, how important this is for truly connecting. Especially these days, we’re all hungry for honesty.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I’m really proud of the first song on our latest album – “Wicked Thing”:
“You have the power to get in my head. But you’re like a banquet and I’m overfed. Does it feel right to know that I can leave without you? Oh wicked thing, I want to give in to you.”
This lyric means a lot to me. It’s a reminder to not hold on too tightly to the things I love. It’s so natural to want to do that, but it’s so freeing when we let go and let God. I was trapped in this cycle, and saw how destructive it can be. To want something too much it almost takes you out completely.
What inspired “Modern Shakedown”, part of your latest album “Phases”?
I had an experience with someone very dishonest in my past. Not to say that I never went through a dishonest phase myself, I’m far from perfect. But this person was incredibly toxic and manipulative. I really believed the stories they told. This specific incident made me think of how easy it is to get trapped in lies. To believe stories and to feel foggy about everything. “Modern Shakedown” is fighting back against that. It’s basically putting the foot down and standing up for yourself and for honesty. Especially in a time like we’re in… it’s very important to speak truth.
‘Chains‘ is a love song. It’s a song about how when you love someone, you’d do anything for them. You would go to the ends of the earth to help them and to be their for them. You don’t run away, but you run towards.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Please Don’t Ever Settle Down”?
We remember the season, for sure. We always go up to a family cabin by a lake in the mountains to write and record our albums. This was one of the first songs we wrote, back from touring ‘Black to Gold‘ album a few years back. All we wanted to do was write chill songs about love. This came out of that inspiration and time frame. It was a really special season of dreaming.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the album?
We felt the theme that tied it all together is the album title. Phases.
The ups and downs of life… and the struggle of love and loss. While we were writing the album, we went through so much. These songs stemmed from that and the rollercoaster of emotions we struggled through.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Write songs that matter! And don’t suck.
What are your plans for 2019?
Lots more writing for our next album! And touring a bit more to finish up promoting our ‘Phases’ album.
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 ‘Phases’: Heartfelt.
- The best show you ever played: Skookum 2018 (Vancouver Festival).
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Whisky.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Miseducation of Lauren Hill.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Landslide – Fleetwood Mac.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: You get what you put in. Love is not a short term game… you can’t give up when it’s hard cause the most beautiful moments are on the other side of the dark ones. Keep on the path, it’s worth it. Oh and also, ask for help when you need.