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INTERVIEW: Batya

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

I’ve been good, thank you so much for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Turn The Page”?

“Turn The Page” is a song about just accepting all that we’ve gone through and moving onto a new chapter. The whole song also has a really happy sound to it which is something I love about this track.

Did any event in particular inspireyou to write this song?

Yeah definitely, I feel like most of my life has sort’ve felt like a bumpy rollercoaster. Constantly going through these ups and downs and for the longest time I wasn’t really quite sure how to accept or move on from all the downs but, there came a time not too long ago where I finally did just learn to accept these things and move on which is what the song is basically all about.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m not planning a video for “Turn The Page” at the moment, possibly in the future but I will be working on a video for “What’s My Name?” really soon!

The single comes off your new album What’s My Name? – what’s the story behind the title?

The first track on the record is called “What’s My Name?” and I wanted that to be the title because I really think it’s a good representation of the album as a whole, sound and story wise. On the album I sing about heartache, love, tragedy, loss etc.. but overall I think creating this album has been my road to self-discovery which is what “What’s My Name?” is really all about. So using that title just made sense and felt right to me.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was amazing, I had the most incredible producers by my side (Jordan Lehning & Jase Blankfort). We went to Nashville to write the record where I met some really great writers that co-wrote some of the songs with us, it was a different writing experience than what I was normally used to but in a good way. It was actually our first writing session in Nashville when we wrote a song called “Always Around” that’s about losing somebody you love but understanding that they’re always around us and writing this song I actually cried through most of the session because of how meaningful writing this was to me.

We recorded the album in New York. The recording process was a lot of fun as well, I learned a lot about how much really goes into recording a song. There were times where I’d come into the studio to tell Jase I couldn’t do something and he would immediately prove me wrong. I’m so grateful Jase and Jordan were apart of this project and journey with me.

What aspects of tragedy and loss did you get to explore with this record?

I wrote about the unfortunate challenge of drug addiction that my brother faced for about 9 years. His addiction had a huge effect on me and my family. Watching somebody I love become unrecognizable and not being able to do anything about it was one of the most painful things I went through so I got the chance to talk about it on this album. I also got to write and sing about the tragedy of losing someone. I faced that indescribable challenge at the age of 16 when I lost my older sister who was also my best friend.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not touring yet but I’ve been playing a lot of shows in New York all summer long and for now the next show I have booked is on November 12th, 5pm at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage1

What else is happening next in Batya’s world?

I plan on going back to Nashville for two videos, a music video and an acoustic live session as well! I’m really excited about this. I’ve never actually done a music video before so it should be fun! I’m also really looking forward to be playing at Rockwood Music Hall. Other than that I’ll be continuing to slowly put more music out there that I’m just excited for people to hear!

Listen here

Website: http://www.whoisbatya.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imBATYA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/imBATYA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imbatya/

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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