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INTERVIEW: Sheridan Reed

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

Hey there! I’ve been doing great, just winding down from my summer tour for the last month now that I’ve been back in Austin. Although winding down isn’t quite the correct term, since I’ve been so busy in the studio since I’ve been back, stationary at least might be more appropriate.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Twisted Up”?

Yeah! “Twisted Up” I wrote last year and is the second single release in a series of singles that I’ll be releasing through the rest of the year, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s about the push and pull of an unavailable romance.

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

More like a particular person, and perhaps a particular evening. It was someone that I had a bit of a history with and we ended up hanging out one night when she was in a relationship. There was palpable, dangerous tension although we made the responsible choice to not act on it, the feeling still stuck with me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’ll be releasing a couple more videos alongside some of the new singles but haven’t decided which ones exactly yet. We’ll have to finish the production on the rest before I final decision is made.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the heart of the song and came up with the concept in a single afternoon when I was visiting a friend in Oahu, Hawaii. It started out with the chord progression and melody for the verse, and then toying with the lyrics til I got it right. When a song feels like it “clicks”, that’s when I know I’m on to something. The recording process was a breeze, working with my producer Moses Elias, who seems to pull the best performances out of me.

What role does Austin play in your music?

I’d say Austin has played a huge role, not just in how I’ve developed in my genre, but in that it’s my home—it’s where I live all the experiences and meet all the people that I write about. My music is entirely dependent upon it.

How Stevie Wonder and Jackson 5 has influence your writing?

The Jackson 5 helped me realize that sometimes less is more, sometimes simplicity in a song, especially the hook, can be a better decision. Stevie Wonder though was the other side of things, making me want to push things in a new direction and use unorthodox chord progressions, so I found a happy medium between the two artists.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes you certainly can, it’s been coming along great. I’ve been in the studio the last several weeks with my producer working on recording several singles that I wrote over the last year. We’ve got probably another 4 just about done right now and are about to start working on the next two.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My next release is titled “Money Maker” and is going to be released in November some time. After that, I anticipate releasing a new single every month.

What delicate and passionate corners have you been finding inspiration for the lyrics on this record?

The lyrics I’ll typically take after I’ve really been able to digest an experience. Go through it, analyze how I feel about it, what I felt about it at the time, and why. And after that, I find what fits in the melody while getting my point across, and then I play with different rhymes schemes, alliteration, or other tools, which is one of my favorite things to do.

Any plans to hit the road?

After doing a full 3 month national tour this last summer, I’m taking a little time off, but anticipate touring again starting in the spring or summer of 2019.

What else is happening next in Sheridan Reed’s world?

I’m just excited about finally getting out all this music out into the world, and performing it all live for the first time starting in 2019. Also—I’m so excited for the new music that I’m writing right now as well, can’t wait to get it into the studio and fully developed and realized.

“Twisted Up:”https://soundcloud.com/sheridanreed/twisted-up-master

“We Should Both Be Here:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QZ-9Cl4Wic&feature=youtu.be

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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