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INTERVIEW: Sonali

Hi Sonali, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great, I’m so excited to finally be back doing what I love and releasing new music. Thanks so much for chatting with me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forever”

“Forever” is song about a moment that feels nothing short of perfect, and wanting to stay in it, well, forever. I struggle with being in the present sometimes, I’m always so focused on what comes next that I forget to enjoy the journey. This song is about not doing that anymore, in the context of a relationship.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I think when you’re dating and trying to impress someone, it’s really easy to get caught up in some sort of fancy, extravagant gesture. But for me, one of the most romantic things I have ever done was spending all day doing absolutely nothing with someone that I really cared about. I wrote this song about one night in particular that felt absolutely perfect. I know I couldn’t sound more cliché if I tried, but I think the feeling of love is the closest we can come to magic, and I wanted to try and convey what that night felt like and put it into words. I hope I did it justice!

How was the recording and writing process?

This was one of those rare songs that was very easy to write. I think the best ones usually are, at least in my experience. I wrote “Forever” last summer and went into the studio last fall to record. This was the first song I worked on that had a more indie electronic vibe to it. My prior work was very folky and rooted in live instruments, so “Forever” really marked a full departure from that sound, and I absolutely love what we created.

What’s been like to work with Eren Cannata and how did that relationship develop?

I worked on “Forever” with Eren Cannata as well as Carter Matschullat, who have a production company called Private Practice. They have been so great to work with, they really helped push me out of my comfort zone just the right amount, which I think is so essential in a good collaborator. Both Eren and Carter are alums of the Clive Davis Institute at NYU Tisch, which is where I went to college, so while I was a student Eren was one of the songwriting professors. I never had his class, but I was a fan of his work and thought we could create something really cool together. I showed him some demos in a coffee shop one December, and he loved them and suggested we bring Carter in on the project as well. The rest is history!

What role does Miami play in your writing?

I think Miami, and just all of south Florida in general, has such a chill, laid back vibe to it. My music is definitely the same way, probably because that’s just who I am as a person too.

How has your experience with Chronic Lyme Disease influenced your new writing?

I think my whole experience with Lyme has forced me to not take things for granted. I try not to do that anyways, but having had music taken away from me for so long I really value what I’m getting to do even more now, because I know my life could have gone another way. I experienced the height of my illness right after I graduated college, at a time when I was watching all my peers get on track and get their lives started. I felt so paralyzed and like a complete failure not being able to work towards anything, and I also didn’t even realize I had an actual disease at that time because Lyme is so difficult to diagnose. I think my attitude towards life in general has shifted a bit after going through this, and that comes through in my writing.

What dreams did you get to explore on this record?

Well the past three years have been quite a rollercoaster between relationships, graduating from college, and being diagnosed with Lyme just to name a few, and I haven’t really gotten to share any of that with my fans. My favorite thing about songwriting is sharing these really personal stories, and having people from all over the world relate to it and find a part of themselves in it, I just think it’s so crazy and beautiful how that happens. I’m so excited to finally get to do that with this new music.

How’s your new EP coming along?

So well, and it’s like thissss close to being done! I can’t wait till it’s out in the world.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes I have one that I’m definitely leaning towards, but I don’t want to jinx it and say it until it’s official!

Any plans to hit the road?

For sure, it’s my dream to go on tour. I actually had a whole tour planned out right after I graduated college, and I was so thrilled to get out there and meet everyone. I was getting ready to leave when I got sick, and for such a long time we had no idea what was going on with me. I ended up having to cancel the tour as my health worsened, so I’m excited to get back out there next year.

What else is happening next in Sonali’s world?

Getting a band together! It’s been forever since I’ve played live and that’s one of the best parts of this, so I’ve been focused on putting together my live show and getting back out there.

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