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INTERVIEW: Singer/Songwriter Quinell

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Space To Breathe¨? Did any event in particular inspire the song?

The track, “Space to Breathe” was written while thinking about that time in a relationship when one of the two people involved decides, “I need space” which we all know means… It’s over. While I didn’t draw on any one event in particular, I have been on both ends of this decision. Having these kinds of life experiences definitely make the writing process more personal, honest, and real. Listeners can definitely relate to this kind of raw honesty and I’m glad to be able to put into words what others are feeling/dealing with.

How was the film experience?

I shot this video with my good friend, Justin Frick. We’ve worked on a few different projects together and it’s always a great experience. It’s really freeing to be able to focus on the performance side of videos and let Justin do his thing with the videography. This was the first time we shot while recording live audio as well. My friend Chris Bigley did an excellent job capturing the acoustics in the beautiful Village Hall.

In what way the venue´s vibe influence the music?

Village Hall is an old 2 tiered theater on the Walla Walla University Campus. While I was a student at Walla Walla, this was always my favorite building on campus. The acoustics in the empty building make for a very dark, warm, and moody vibe. I feel like the vibe we got from the building perfectly matched the song and ultimately helped “make” this video.

How was the recording and writing process?

My writing process vary’s greatly from song to song. Sometimes I’ll write first and then grab an instrument to find a melody. Other times I mess around trying to find melody’s and then put lyrics to the music. For this song in particular, I sat in a dark room around 1am and started strumming the guitar. Almost instantly, I had the first line written. Every so often I’m lucky enough that the perfect lines find me… this was one of those times. I believe start to finish, I had a complete rough draft for “Space to Breathe” within 20mins. My favorite kind of writing is when it flows effortlessly, when the songs write themselves.

How did you come up with the idea for this session?

As an alumni of Walla Walla University, I really wanted to record a song in Village Hall. The drama department was kind enough to let me use the venue and the idea to record one song in Village Hall turned into the “Village Hall Sessions”.

Would this eventually lead to a live album or material? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My hope is that both songs recorded in Village Hall will be on either an upcoming EP or full album by next fall.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m planning to hit the road in the fall of 2016. I’ll be playing some acoustic shows, however a full schedule is still in the works.

What else is happening next in Quinell´s world?

I have the second song coming out later this month with the “Village Hall Sessions” and another project that Justin Frick and I will be releasing in May. The May release is something that I’m really excited about. Justin and I went up to his cabin at Priest Lake and recorded three tracks from the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”. I won’t give away too many details, but folk music, snow, trees, a lake, and a cabin make for some really great footage. There’s something so timeless and familiar with folk music that I can’t help but be drawn to.

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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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