Hi Aleko, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been doing great, can’t complain now that I have ‘Waiting’ out! It’s keeping me busy, and that’s just what I need.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Waiting”?
’Waiting’ is the first song that I’ve put out since my debut E.P Amity. ‘Amity’ was my first-step, just getting my feet wet, to gain enough momentum with both my sound and my career as an artist. I needed to get a feel for it, and that E.P helped me do just that whereas ‘Waiting’ is the inspiration of what’s to come.
The story behind ‘Waiting’ is about two ways of living life and approaching love. You can either hopelessly search for it, or patiently wait for it to happen. I wanted there to be a connection between these two people, an idea that the one who’s always searching will find the one who’s been waiting all this time.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My writing is either inspired from my own experiences, or the experiences of others and the latter of the two happens to be the case for this. I’ve had deep conversations with people about stuff like this, trying to give them advice, and in the end, it’s all about what they want to do. We all have had our hearts messed with before, in a way like the story I tell in this song, and I wanted to connect with its listeners in as strong of a manner as possible. I have always said this with my songwriting, but I want to comfort them in a way that talking simply doesn’t work.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
At the moment none, but that very well could be something that happens down the road for ‘Waiting’. I’ll have to see what’s in store for it.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was great. This song was fortunately one that hadn’t eluded me every second I spent writing it, and it just felt so natural with the lyrics that it was just emotionally pouring out of me. Now, the recording part was the most fun. I was fortunate enough to work with Trevor Leonard from Punchline and the chemistry with his producing and my songwriting was awesome.
What was it like to work with Trevor Leonard and how did that relationship develop?
Like I said, working with him in his studio was an awesome experience. There are certain songs that you just want to have a certain producer for, and I was fortunate enough to have him for this one. I genuinely think his opinions and advice were perfect in helping me hone in on what I was going for in the studio. He understands my sound and my approach, so it’s great to go into work with an open-mind and make something magical. I was lucky to meet him through mutual-friends, and I’m going to be working with him as soon as possible on another song I am sure.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I go into the studio with as open of a mind as possible. I think that it is crucial as an artist that we stay humble with our craft, and learn from the outlook and experience our peers could share with us. His influence on this song is significant due to the fact that I spent a lot of hours in the studio room with him, hashing out all the ideas that came to mind. Different sounds, tones, and ways of approaching the template I had laid out. It was a great time.
Known for blending different genres together – does one tends to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?
My singing obviously has a lot to do with the lyrics’ theme, and because I am inspired so much by R&B singers more and more each day, when I’m writing lyrics it’s literally just whatever comes off the tip of my tongue while I’m spitting out melodies. So, I think R&B peaks out of my approach a lot, but I still have that huge folk inspiration on my guitar playing that keeps it all grounded.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely, and I cannot wait to show everyone what’s coming next. I’m still writing more as we speak, constantly gunning through ideas in my head, and I am going to be back in the studio ASAP to share more with everyone.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
All I can say is that you should all just stay tuned, because I’ll have something else for you very soon.
Any plans to hit the road?
Eventually yeah, but at the moment I’m focusing purely on creating as much material as possible to communicate with everyone as much as I can.
What else is happening next in Aleko’s world?
Writing, writing, and even more writing. I have always said I want to connect with my audience(s) through soul and feeling, and the more I write the easier that becomes. This is my career, outside of being a full-time student, and It’s all therapy whether you’re the artist or the listener.