Hi Ally, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! Just been busy with my career and my studies at Berklee College of Music, and livin’ life!
Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Bad For Me”?
It is the first single out of my upcoming EP, “Never Yours”. The track is produced by Slaters, we recorded it in Brooklyn last summer. I had an absolute blast recording with them, it may have been the most fun and the most I’ve ever laughed in a studio session thus far – which is saying a lot, because I can never get enough of being in the studio. This track feels very “me”, I think it captures a lot about my artistry with the more minor and heavier vibe it has.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song was inspired by a specific person who had been in my life for quite some time back when I wrote it. It’s about that person who is able to absolutely sweep you off your feet, but at the end of the day you know you have to leave and be on your own. It’s kind of about forbidden love as well, within an on and off relationship.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, I’ve been talking with a few videographers about making a video for this particular song, because I have so many ideas for it. I envision the video having an element of shock factor – I was actually thinking about having a tarantula crawling on my face, or having a poisonous snake or something in it. No promises – these were just ideas I was throwing around. Then again, I always like the idea of adding a bit of a shock to all my videos or concepts I come up with, because I like to throw people off. We’ll see though!
The single comes off your upcoming EP Never Yours – what’s the story behind the title?
In “Never Yours” the message I am portraying is that no matter who I grow to love or who loves me, I will never belong to anyone except myself. The phrase “never yours” isn’t supposed to come off as bitter, and it isn’t directed at one person in particular, it’s more directed at anyone who has ever thought they had the ability to really get to me, or wanted to have me for their own. I’m just sort of telling those people – sorry, never gonna happen – you can’t sway me or change me, I am who I am. I don’t give others that sort of power over me.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded a couple of the songs in LA with Ethan Mentzer my senior year of high school, and the others I recorded the summer after my senior year in New York with Slaters and then with Joel Ford, and Christopher Soper as the producer. I adored the entire writing and recording process – as I always do. Honestly, never any complaints about writing and recording, it always feels natural and I know it’s exactly what I gotta be doing.
What role does Chicago play in your writing?
I was pretty immersed in the Chicago music scene before I came to Berklee in Boston for school, I went to a lot of DIY shows for my friends and did a lot within the Chicago jazz scene myself. I used to sing with a jazz band around Chicago and Chicago suburbs all through high school. All of these experiences definitely influenced my writing, and jazz has definitely influenced my writing. The musicians I’m connected with in Chicago are all very generous people, and all very supportive, and real with me. I know that can be hard to come by so I’m always gonna appreciate it.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I can find inspiration anywhere. In this particular EP, all the songs were based on my own experiences. I don’t always write from my own point of view – but these ones were all born in moments I had a lot to say.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve gone back and forth to New York and LA for business things quite a bit in the past year, and I’m headed to LA again next week for business. I’m also headed to Pennsylvania to play at LAUNCH Music Festival – which I can’t wait for!
What else is happening next in Ally Ahern’s world?
I’d say I’m currently in a stage in my life of lots of transitions and growth, I’m feeling more empowered than ever. I’m working with a lot of new people on my team and they are all very talented in what they do and make me feel absolutely supported and empowered in who I am and what I am doing. I’ve been focusing a lot on my songwriting and my songwriting career, which is something I’ve always wanted to make steps in, so am happy I finally am. I’m loving everything about Berklee College of Music, and I basically just marvel at how lucky I am to be at a place like this on the daily!
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