Thanks for chatting with us! How does “I Loved You, Once” differ from any other releases you have been a part of creatively?
This single is much different from any other music I have released. The first batch of songs I released have a chill indie-rock vibe mixed with some pop. It was mostly just guitars, drums, vocals, and that's it. I feel experimenting with more synths and r&b production really helped evolve my writing ability and gave me more of a unique sound that I feel at home with. “I Loved You, Once” is the first song I wrote that I feel really described me as an artist. It was a natural writing process where I never felt like I was stuck. I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to sound and that was a surreal feeling for me.
What was the creative process like to write this single?
I wrote ‘I Loved You, Once’ during the early months of 2018. I wrote the lyrics to this song in the middle of a snowy night at the lake near my house. I feel I write most of my best work there, there’s a certain sense of peace and serenity I feel there. I was in a vulnerable state of mind where I was still in love with a person but I knew things weren't going to work out so I wanted to hate them so badly. It’s essentially about feeling lost, then you stumble into this person that makes you feel complete. How beautiful it feels at that moment, then the next it’s over and you feel like you're back to where you started. I feel the musical composition displays this feeling beautifully. There’s a sense of desperation and love that flows throughout the song into the outro. Then the saxophone takes over and you really feel those emotions, but I feel it gives the listener a sense of hope. This song means a lot to me so I also wanted to create a video that portrayed that emotion in a visual form. This song has a lot of emotion flowing through it so I wanted to show the emotions I felt in visual form as well.
In terms of production on the track, what was new to you?
I had never experimented with elements of electro-pop or R&B before so it was like a breath of fresh air to start producing music of this genre. I gain a lot of inspiration and write mostly from life experiences which is where “I Loved You, Once” stems from. I was going through a tough breakup at the time of writing this song and that was when I realized I wanted to try something different. I wanted to channel all my emotions into this track as a way of letting go. I wanted to produce a song that's upbeat and blissful sounding that I feel inspires hope in the listener. Most of my other songs are more downbeat and slow so I really wanted to change the music up. I also wanted to incorporate catchy melodies and lyrics anyone can relate to. Writing this song stretched my musical vision as a solo artist and helped in opening my eyes to what I could create with music.
Do you feel this single best represents your artistry?
Absolutely. When I first wrote “I Loved You, Once” it was like something in me clicked. It proved to myself that I can write a song I am fully proud of and think people will enjoy by myself. I fell in love with the genre and it was the first time I felt at home with the music I wrote. “I Loved You, Once” is the first of many, and I can’t wait to release the new songs as well as the stories behind them.
Now that the single is out, you’re about to release the music video for it. Were you involved in putting together the video’s treatment? Did you have a clear-cut vision in mind for it?
I worked with Nick Valaskatgis (Crashland Pictures) on the video for this song. I had a certain vision for the video I explained to him and he was able to take that vision and really help bring it to life. The video is set in the theme of a summer breakup. He did an incredible job of taking the emotions of the song and giving them a face. It was awesome to work with someone who had a different perspective on the song as well as someone who could take my visions and enhance them with his ideas. There are beautiful, colorful scenes filled with life that resemble the life of the relationship. Then there are more blue overcast scenes that represent the hardships in the relationship. I feel the visuals help express the song beautifully and can't wait to share it with everyone.
What is coming next?
I have a lot I want to accomplish before the end of the year. My main focus for the near future is to start booking more shows, write more material, set a release date for a new single, and work more with Chris Curran of Reclaim Music Group (PVRIS, The Dangerous Summer, Set If Off) on more songs. As of right now, I think I will be working towards a new EP for the spring of 2019. I don’t have any dates for new releases booked but here are the dates of my confirmed events!
Right now I have two shows lined up:
11/15/18 @ Starlite (Southbridge, MA)
12/7/18 @ Ralph’s Rock Diner (Worcester, MA)
I also will be appearing on the Dale LePage Radio Show with Andrea Castinetti on 10/15/18 at 1 PM!
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“I Loved You, Once”
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