Hi Wren, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you so much! I’ve been really great. Staying extra busy with the release of my new single, but that’s exactly how I like it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lie To Me”?
Absolutely! It’s my first single ever to be released, and surprisingly enough, it’s a ballad. It came to life in a very interesting way, as we had no intention of writing a ballad originally. It was such an organic process. It started out on an acoustic guitar, but slowly worked its way to being a piano-driven song. I love the intimacy it gives the track. Just piano, live strings (my favorite), and vocals.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Each of my songs are written from personal experience and act as a form of catharsis for me in a certain sense. When I’m writing, I draw from many different emotions and events. Like most of my songs, ‘Lie To Me’ is like a melting pot of scenarios in my life. The song was never written with the intention of being weak or needy. It’s about finding the strength to have a conversation with myself about a love unrequited. Being able to admit that you’re in love with a person who doesn’t love you, and weighing the options as to what to do next. It’s a hard conversation to have, especially when you’re having it with yourself. It’s more like “Okay. What do I do now? Where do I go from here?”
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We’re shooting the video in Poland with Polish director Łukasz Pytlik. It’s super exciting! I never thought in a million years that I’d be heading to Warsaw to shoot my first music video. We also have some really amazing people working on it with us, such as Katarzyna Konieczka, a Polish fashion designer with very dark, unique work. The video is scheduled to be released by the end of November, and I’m honestly giddy thinking about its debut.
How was the recording and writing process?
Like I said before, the writing and recording process was very organic. I pull influence from so many different bands and artists that I didn’t want to have to stick to one overlying sound for the album. Each song sounds a bit different, and that easy-going mentality about it all allowed us to create something really great. In fact, the first half of the album was written and recorded in the matter of a week and a half.
What role does Colorado plays in your music?
Well I actually just moved to Colorado, but I feel like I’m finally where I need to be. It’s such a grand and beautiful place. I know that by being there it will definitely inspire more of my music in the future.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
New material is on the way! We’re about halfway through recording my first album and it’s coming along really well. I’m working with producers Mike Krompass and Robbie Nevil, and I honestly could not ask for a better team. Their work is unprecedented, and the writing chemistry between the three of us is insane! Each song came together naturally and feltright. I’m really lucky to be creating with them.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We’re hoping to complete the album and get it out there next year sometime. As for the title, I want to finish the album completely before settling on a name for it. The emotion and feel of the album as a whole will determine what I wind up titling it. Who knows! It could be anything at this point!
Would all songs deal with heartbreaks and lose?
Not at all. Again, all of my songs touch on many different experiences in my life. Some will be about loss and heartbreak, some about love, and some about how I feel about myself and who I’ve become as a person. I write about whatever experience I feel is weighing on me most at the time. Even happier songs! Something wonderful might happen to me and I immediately want to sing about it just the same as if something upsetting had happened.
Any plans to hit the road?
Soon! No definitive plans yet, though. That’s one of the things I’m most excited about. Starting to perform live. I was a theatre major in college, and I have to say, I miss being on the stage.
What else is happening next in Wren Black’s world?
After ‘Lie To Me’ and its subsequent video releases, I’m going to be getting back into the studio to finish the album and start planning live performances. Other than that, getting to the Grammy’s is the next to-do on my list. 😉