INTERVIEW BY: MEG
A few months ago, you released your most recent single, “Run & Hide.” What is the song about? Is there something or someone in particular that the song’s “protagonist” is running and hiding from?
Nico: So I released “Run & Hide” very recently. I’ve actually been working on it for a really long time. Luckily, I got the right people to work on the track with me, because I’m a fairly new musician, with doing solo stuff. I have a lot of ideas but sometimes, I have a hard time executing them. So, getting people to help me made it a lot more possible to get it out the song itself is definitely about a combination of agoraphobia, as well as just general anxiety that a deal with, and it's kind of from my perspective of dealing with that constant struggle of wanting to get over those hurdles, but having a lot of physical barriers and a lot of mental barriers. I want it to relate with other people, especially during the pandemic. I feel like it's a very common topic of just being very afraid to go outside of your own house and just do something so simple.
What/who influenced the overall sound and musical direction of this track?
Nico: I've always kind of liked pop music, and specifically, I really like dream pop. It combines a lot of elements of very upbeat music, but also, a lot of the lyrical content can be a lot heavier and more serious. A lot of my work has to do with mental health, specifically the mental health that I deal with. So, that was what inspired this track - my love for dream pop and indie music, and wanting to get all of those elements in. A specific thing I can reference is Tycho, I very much like that kind of music, it’s very easy to listen to and almost sounds like a wave, but is also on the upbeat side as well.
Prior to this, you’ve released a handful of singles, starting with your debut single “I’m Tired All The Time” back in 2019. How would you compare your sound & musical influences for that single and your earlier work to the sound and influence you have now? Would you say it’s changed over the last couple of years, or has it stayed the same?
Nico: So I think it definitely has changed a lot, just as I've been growing as a musician… my style has evolved into something a little bit more complex than what I was writing when I first started. My earlier stuff has to do with the keyboard and a lot of twinkly, almost innocent music, and I think as I've grown as a musician, I’ve tried to get out of my comfort zone, try different things, and go from there. Specifically, with my newest track, I feel like it’s way different than my older stuff, it’s the direction that I’m going in. Artists that inspire me a lot - Tycho.... I really like Mistki. I like a lot of pop music with very serious lyrical matters. So, I would say that is definitely a very big influence of mine.
In addition to the original music you have out right now, you also released covers of “Ghosting” by Mother Mother and “Loro” by Pinback. What made you choose those particular songs? Will there be any more covers from you in the future?
Nico: So, I love Mother Mother and I love Pinback. Pinback is actually one of my general inspirations (as well as Mitski) in the musical direction that I like - it’s very catchy music and the lyrics are very sad, but the music is very upbeat, and it kind of throws you. With Mother Mother, I really love that kind of music, but it’s definitely not something that I can easily make. It was something I wanted to do on the side - incorporating my musical style into the vocal cover that I did. In terms of doing other covers, I very much want to do a Death Cab For Cutie cover, and put a spin on that, as well as “As The World Caves In” by Matt Maltese. I just really like it a lot because it has “Frank Sinatra” vocals, and I want to see if I can incorporate my own style into it.
With all of these singles out, will there be an EP or album to follow them up, or do you see yourself primarily releasing singles in the future?
Nico: As a musician, I’m very bad at writing music that goes together, so an EP or LP is something I’ve never done before, which is why I’ve only released singles with my music. As somebody that has a lot of mental health problems, I try to set realistic expectations, so I think that's why I try to do so many singles, one after the other. I’m working on a five-song EP that I’d like to release next.
What are you currently working on and what else can people expect from Community Towel in the future?
Nico: I think if I release anything before my EP, it’s definitely going to be a cover, because there are a lot of songs that I’ve been listening to that I definitely want to have my own rendition of. The next thing is going to be an EP based on the musical direction of my latest single, “Run & Hide.” A lot of melodic, Tycho-inspired music is definitely going to come from me.
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