Hi Whitney, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey Vents!! Thank you so much for asking and for giving me your platform to share my musical rumination! I’ve been super busy. Definitely the good kind of busy. Been jumping through creative processes on the release of my latest EP, Forever, as well as new music and visuals that are brewing.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Falling”?
I adore telling the story of “Falling”. When I imagine back to how the song was written and what it truly means, I still get those butterflies in my stomach. Falling is the mere simplicity of falling in love. It is the realization of how wonderful, elegant, earthy and uncomplex the world becomes when suspending oneself in a state of vulnerability. Whether that love be a friendship, romantic love or life itself.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Falling was inspired by many accounts from friends, acquaintances, strangers, including my own experiences. It was this sort of collection of deep desires and wishes that were trapped inside this genie bottle waiting to pop. I knew I had to tell the story to let the analogy of its meaning become people’s release. In short, it was to elaborate on this notion that our surrender into our truest self grants us fortitude, sheds light on the beauty, mystery and innocence of our existence, and allows us to truly follow our heart.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Excitingly yes and quite soon. I am curious to see how people relate to its stylistic approach. I think it’s always interesting to attach visuals to “a thing” and see the response that reverberates. But what I can say, is that its intention is to stir up the senses and emphasize the intimate moments that belong to us as loving creatures.
The single comes off your new EP Forever – what’s the story behind the title?
Forever is this mother battle star galactica concept that houses “Falling” under its wing. It truly is just something one wants to yell from the rooftops while running with sparklers and the wind in their hair. A message to paint the air with the light every single being is made of that says, “Hey! I am beautiful, I am unique, I am worthy and valuable. I deserve the best of every circumstance and the most of every moment. Why not give that to myself. Why not suspend myself in this state of self love that lasts Forever at the will of my own hand?” Forever is not just a story by any means, it’s movement that’s only just begun.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was very spontaneous and free. My then guitarist of band, American Pinup, cowrote this track with me in the busy stairwell of an outdoor train station one night after we both got out of work. Maybe this sort of transient space lent itself an energy that was the final catalyst of Forevers combustion. Watching all the people come and go, moving through life so quickly, and pondering the mystery behind their bodies. Do we collectively take the time to stop, evaluate our needs and love ourselves into doing what brings the most value to our life?
The recording process was amazing and super fun. I flew out to Atlanta, Georgia to record and produce at Diamond Street Studios. Diamond Street is owned by Billboard Producer and member of Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics, Spencer Garn. Spencer and I had connected through the industry and spoke for some time about making some tracks together. When I had written the Forever EP I knew Spencer would be perfect for the project. We got a whole team of incredible musicians together for the weekend session and plugged tirelessly in the studio. Spencer and I even got around to writing an original together while I was down there which we are intending to put out sometime late summer. It was a productive and highly collaborative experience I will cherish forever- Pun intended 🙂
Would all the songs on this record deal with loving one another – where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? Yes but it really stems from loving oneself first. In order to love others in an empathetic and non-selfish way, it is imperative that we value ourselves first. When our hearts and minds are healthy, we are able to give so much more to those in need, wholeheartedly without seeking something in return. When you are full, you no longer seek to covet and you can concentrate on paying it forward.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have been playing many local gigs over the last 10 months to embrace my home city and culture but I absolutely love performing and meeting all different types of people. Touring on a larger scale would be the ideal goal that I am working towards as the release of Forever and my new tracks unfold. I think touring is important for any artist as they evolve in order to broaden their experiences as artists and human beings. I can’t wait!
What else is happening next in Whitney Tai’s world?
I’m always cooking stuff in my lab “my mind” haha so I would say to look out for new songs, collaborations, new videos and other forms of art to keep my movement going. I seek to just continually bring new and interesting content to the table. I want all of us artists to inspire one another, challenge each other and be part of something greater together. We must continually pave the way to provide a platform available to all artists for our creative genius to survive.