Hi Nola, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been pretty fantastic! Been working hard, and I’m excited to see how everything unfolds!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love”?
I wrote “Love” with the intention of writing a “feel good” tune that everyone could relate to. Majority of people have had a love experience. Regardless of if they just thought they were in love or were really in love, within any of the “love” stages, people would be able to relate to it somehow. I wanted to spread a refreshing feeling with this tune, and I’m super happy about the response it has had so far. I can’t wait for others to hear it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Just the simple fact that I’ve been in love before! And I’ve had crushes, and I’ve felt the feelings that I have expressed in the song. It’s me telling my story, and me wanting to find an upbeat & fun way to express those feelings that we have all felt.
Can we expect a video for this song?
Yes! Actually, the video is coming sooner than you think!
The single comes off your new EP The Love Dance – what’s the story behind the title?
When I finished writing all of the songs that were going to be on the EP, I noticed that there was somewhat of a theme; the theme of love, of course. Cliché or not, it’s something that we all need. It’s something that we all are looking for. And the songs I wrote aren’t just about the part of love that feels good, but the parts of love that can hurt too. That is why I call my EP The Love Dance. Because life’s experiences of being in love, and staying in love, can sometimes take you on a rollercoaster, or it’s a crazy dance with highs and lows. Whether it’s with the same person, or different people overtime, it is still your love story. I tell my own love stories with this EP, from how awkward I could be (haha!), to how I dealt with being hurt, to what I hope for in the future, and all the good stuff in between. I’m really proud of how it turned out.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing and recording this EP was the fun part for me! Initially, I had lyrics and melodies planned out, but a lot was changed when the music was created. I definitely learned to be flexible in writing music and collaborating. It was growth for me! I had to really learn to appreciate the process here, because I was working to produce the best product possible, and that can take some time. I enjoyed working with Brandon Major for six of the songs off my EP and Larry Brown Jr. for one song. I brought concepts, music ideas, and lyrics to them, and they collaborated to develop the music with me, then magic happened!
What was it like to work with Brandon Major and how did that relationship develop?
I met Brandon through my brother, and they knew each other from college. It was an instant click when I met him because we were both artists/creators and the vibe was perfect. He was really confident about being able to create anything, and I had no other reaction but to go with my gut feeling and trust that he was the one I should be working with. He definitely proved himself, when he heard my somewhat crazy ideas about what I envision for the music and was able to create just that, and in a very cool, very relevant way. I absolutely loved working with him! He’s a musician too, so I was fortunate to be able to work with someone that knew music so well and has a genuine love for what he does.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Well, Brandon created most of the music from the EP and his opinion mattered to me heavily, so I would say he got to influence it quite a bit!
So I take it the whole album and its lyrics deal with love in one or another?
Absolutely! Love found, love lost, and love forever! I don’t believe that there is one set way to love and to find love, but this EP definitely tells a story of one way.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! A tour is definitely in the works.
What else is happening next in Nola Adé’s world?
As of right now, I’m playing local shows in Chicago and in the Midwest in general, and focusing on building some buzz before my EP release in March. My next show is in Chicago at The Promontory in Hyde Park, on February 8th. I’m really looking forward to it!