Through all the love and support recieved off my debut single Listen (feat Violet Night) this week, I thought I’d go into depth of the story behind it. Usually I find it difficult to talk about my song content, but I find that this song has a really cool story of how it all worked out together, and I believe if I didnt do all the things I did to release this song, I wouldnt have the mindset I do with music that I have today!
The idea came about when I was in a difficult situation with a guy about a year ago. I wont go too in depth about that, as it’s not something I can relate to anymore. However I wrote the first 2 verses and the chorus, to describe the feeling of being trapped in a bubble, and you know you have to get out of it, but you’re not ready to accept your feelings yet. That’s something I struggle with a lot, not being able to communicate my emotions at the time when I feel them. Which is why I write songs I guess!
I left the half written lyrics on the side for a while… I wasn’t ready to finish it yet (as I wasn’t ready to accept things yet). I also wasn’t taking music very seriously either. I was in my second year of uni, as like most 19 year olds, I had no idea what I was doing (lol stil dont know what i’m doing).
Then in July, I got the opportunity to attend the Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat in Canada. I had applied with not much intention of hearing back from them. Then I recieved a phone call around a month before saying I got accepted! All I had to do was figure out how to get to Canada in 2 weeks time…
And long story short, that’s where I met Connor. We had properly gotten to know one another about half way through the retreat. He told me about his band Violet Night, and we figured out we had a lot of similar musical influences. We were sat underneath a gazebo on a tiny island of Vancouver, only to be in contact with the other 20 or so people we were with. It was so peaceful. I felt very comfortable explaining to Connor what I wanted the song to be about. I asked him to help me find the male perspective on this, and I feel like we achieved it really quickly.
Then I quickly made the decision to return to Canada and record in Edmonton, Alberta. It was a spontanous, crazy choice that I’m so glad we’d made. I got to record with the wonderful Randor Lin, at Velveteen Audio. Randor has a way of making me feel so comfortable to make the music my own, and I feel like now I finally have music that identifies with who I am.
I made some really great friends on the jouney to Listen, and I would do it all again all the same if I could! Listen feels like the love song I was supposed to write, and have wanted to write for a very long time. It’s helped me put a lot of past mistakes at peace.
Watch the video of ‘The Making Of Listen’ here:
Listen to ‘Listen’ (feat Violet Night) here:
ITUNES/APPLE MUSIC: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/listen-feat-violet-night-single/1351041100