Hi Morgan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! I’m doing great thanks. So excited for this new single to finally be out in the world!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drown”?
“Drown” is kind of a follow up to my last single “Addicted.” “Addicted,” is about being in a relationship that’s completely destructive, but you’re so in love that you know you could never leave. “Drown,” is like the next step. It’s about realizing that it’s gotten so bad that even though you’re still completely in love, you know you can’t stay.
I wrote this song with my amazing producer and another friend of ours and the first thing we came up with was the hook melody. We kept singing vowel sounds because we didn’t really have any lyrics yet. When we came up with the concept for the lyrics we decided to leave the “Oohs” in the chorus that we’d been singing all along. It just felt really fitting to sing “Ooh oh oh, I drown in you” (wow writing oohs is very awkward. Hopefully you know what I mean). When I sang it I totally felt the desperate, surrendering vibe that I wanted for the song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Totally. I really only write about specific experiences that I’ve had… even when I try to avoid writing about them I can’t seem to.
“Drown” is a little bit reflective. I was looking at the aftermath of a situation and realizing for the first time how bad it really was. I was very in love with someone who was so unhappy and I really wanted to help him. But by trying to save him I just let him bring me down and drag me deeper and deeper into his darkness. I wrote “Drown” a few months later when I was able to see more clearly what had happened. I just remember it feeling like I’d escaped this whirlwind and thinking “shit, that was bad.”
Can we expect a video just like “Addicted”?
I hope so! I had the most amazing time doing the “Addicted” video and it’s everything that I had envisioned in my head. I have a bunch of ideas for a “Drown” video so I definitely want to make that happen.
How was the recording and writing process?
I’ve worked with my producer, Matias, for a while now and every time we do a project it’s just a dream. He completely reads my mind and understands who I am as an artist, which is rare. I also have this love affair with recording—it’s probably my favorite thing in the world. It’s so fun to explore vocally and just be vulnerable and raw.
How has acting influenced your music career?
I acted a lot in high school, which has definitely influenced my music. Acting really helped me get in touch with myself and everything that I feel. I think being a musician is pretty different then being an actor though because when I sing I’m not really being anyone other than myself. I don’t have a persona or a character that I can hide behind. A lot of the time, people know exactly what or who I’m writing about which is kind of terrifying, but I wouldn’t want to do it any other way; it’s cathartic.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I have another song in the works that will hopefully be done within the next two months or so. It’s called “Reckless Heart” and I did it with a production duo that I met in New York called DayTrip (they’re so awesome!). We tried to do something that’s a little different from my usual vibe, so I’m really excited for everyone to hear it. I’m also in the process of making an EP that will include “Drown” and “Addicted.” My goal is to just keep being honest in my writing and hopefully make some cool music.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m actually still in college so I have one more semester of school before I can do that. Once I’m done though I’d definitely love to start traveling. I got to play a few shows up in Northern California earlier this year and my band and I had the best time road tripping up there together. Ever since then, all I want to do is go on tour!
What else is happening next in Morgan St. Jean’s world?
I have a couple of shows coming up in LA (dates TBD) that I’m really excited for and I’m in the process of collaborating with some new writing partners. Other then that I’m hoping to just keep working on this EP so people can hear more of my stuff!
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