INTERVIEW BY: MEG
You recently just released a new single titled “Broken Things.” What’s it about, what’s the meaning behind a title, and is there a correlation between those two things?
“Broken Things” is about learning to lean on someone in your time of need. Everyone needs help sometimes, and I feel like that’s sometimes the hardest thing to admit. The title is a reference to a line in the song about admitting that everyone is a little “broken”, it’s meant in an appreciative way to reflect that the subject in the song may have their own problems, but is willing to be a shoulder.
Why was that song in particular chosen as the lead single for your upcoming EP, “Hear Your Voice Again”?
It was just one of those things where it showcased everything new that was going on in the record. We really wanted to start this release with the most different song just to make a statement that things are really different this time.
What are some of the other lyrical themes that the other tracks on this EP discuss?
The EP as a whole tells the story of the last couple years of my life - realizing my anxiety and depression had total control of me, and pushing to make progress and get myself back to a better place. There are a lot of sections about self-doubt and navigating neglected mental health, but also about healing and starting fresh.
Is there an overall theme or message that you want the lyrics to send to the listener, and if so, what is it?
I tend to write as a way to vent or express things that I may have a hard time talking about normally. With that in mind, I think if someone walks away from this record feeling like someone else has gone through what they’re going through, that’d be really cool.
Were there any new/different musical influences for this EP, and if so, who/what were they?
My musical tastes are always changing, I tend to draw a lot from bands like Moving Mountains or Pianos Become the Teeth (even though my music doesn’t sound much like those bands at all). I feel like there’s a lot of Death Cab for Cutie influence in there. But I think the main difference in this record is execution and attention to detail. We really took the time to make sure everything was exactly the way we wanted it to be.
What was the writing process like for this EP, and how would you compare it to the writing process for your previous EP?
This EP was actually written extremely fast. I had a deadline I set for myself and one day I just realized I had two songs written and a month left until we tracked. So this whole thing essentially materialized in February of this year. Usually I have the whole record written before studio time is booked. I feel like it forced me to get out of my own way a little bit. I couldn’t be more proud of this release.
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