Hi Grace, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Can you talk to us more about your song “Shadow”?
Sure. I wrote “Shadow” a few years ago, when I was a junior in highschool. It was one of the first songs I ever wrote about love from a somewhat pessimistic point of view- before it was all moonbeams and roses and dream-like.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Shadow was the aftermath of my first heartbreak, at the time it felt like I was lashing out, but now in retrospect it feels more like a hopeful song.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Yes, a friend of mine John and I have been brainstorming ideas (possibly involving a few dancers.)
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
My producer Steve Wood and I considered “Shadow” the song most relevant and connecting to the rest of the album. Lyrically and production-wise it stands as a good representation for what the rest of the album sounds like.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was a blast. Steve and I collaborated on ideas for song choice, production and instrumentation for each song- he can play so many instruments it’s alarming. Apart from our work on the album, the only other person that contributed to the process was Steve’s son Nate Wood, who did completed the mastering.
Writing has always been my favorite part of the process because it’s when I feel the most free creatively. All of the songs off the album were written over the last five years- we recorded about 30 demos originally and selected the one’s that lended themselves best to production collectively and ended up with 11.
What role does San Clemente play in your writing?
San Clemente is a beautiful place to live, I met many of my favorite musicians here in town- and it’s nice to have the outlet to write/play music near the ocean.
I must admit traveling is the time when I write most, because there is something about too much routine that makes me less inspired.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are singing or writing for other bands than when you are working on your own music?
Yes! In my old band The Moon Police, I really liked writing songs specifically for my band mate (and amazing singer-songwriter) Sasha Evans to sing because she has a much bolder and richer voice than mine, and she can hit lower notes due to her vocal range. Her voice and style often brought out a more cabaret, poppy part of my songwriting that I rarely exercise in the songs I sing myself. In fact, the third song on my album “Trying to say Goodbye” I originally wrote with her voice in mind.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics in this record?
Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, the Cure, and Cat Stevens were hugely inspiring for the songs on the record.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not currently, perhaps next year!
What else is happening next in Grace Freeman’s world?
Definitely a few music videos, local performances, and hopefully new band projects and solo projects!
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