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

Hey! Thanks for having me. I’ve been really great!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Potions”?

So I wrote “Potions” a while ago, I think January of 2015. I could immediately tell it would be a good single so after the recording process, it was the obvious choice for the first music video. Since then it’s been amazing and the response has blown me away. The video recently hit 3 Million views which I’m really stoked about.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The title came from thinking about Harry Potter haha, and then from there I thought it would be cool to have that title relate to my experiences with a girl and how that felt. 

How was the film experience?

It was a little crazy! I had never filmed a professional music video of any kind before and there was a huge learning curve. It was also tough to navigate the subject without making it irrelevant to the song, or having it be over the top sexual. I definitely wanted it to remain true to the song, as well as have the relationship between the two of them come across naturally. All in all obviously people seem to be liking it, so I’m happy! 

The single comes off your new album Ties- what’s the story behind the title?

Funnily enough when I was designing the album cover I needed a filler title just to pick out a font and get the sizing and colors correct, and Ties was the first thing that popped into my head. I never expected to keep it but once I tried to pick out something new, everything felt like it didn’t fit. I think my subconscious knew! The title just encompasses what the record was talking about, my ties to different people and relationships and how those ties and bonds effected my emotions and changed me.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a blast, I love recording more than anything. I had written all of the songs before I went into the studio and I first took some of them to Walter Dicristina, and then Brad Wood so it was a big collaboration and it was really fun. Both of them were incredible to work with and I learned so much.

What was it like to work with Brad Wood and how did that relationship develop?

Brad was really amazing. He produced and mixed a lot of incredible bands and records that I had actually listened to growing up, so it was such a cool experience. It was nice working with someone who has so much experience and expertise in the industry and recording world. My manager knew Brad and connected us and I immediately knew I wanted him on board. 

How much did he influence the EP?

He really helped make the songs into powerful recordings. I remember with “Blue Await” the third track of the EP, I initially just assumed it would have been a purely acoustic song, very raw sounding, and he had the idea to transform it into this beachy groovier thing that fits incredibly and it brought the song to a whole other level. 

What things are you tying up on this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All of these songs were written over a two year period – starting when I had just graduated high school until recording in September 2015, and so many things about my life had changed over those few years and I had changed so much as a person. So these songs were me making sense of all of that. The lyrics all came from real life experiences, a lot inspired by the relationship I’m in. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely! Planning to play around the country this year and I’m very excited to travel outside of NY where I’ve mainly been playing. I have a show at Rockwood Music Hall on Feb. 15th with a cool artist Sophie Auster. I’ll be testing out some new songs and playing for the first time in the new year. After that we are planning other things, but nothing that can be announced yet! 

What else is happening next in SEE’s world?

I’m recording again right now, releasing live acoustic videos and a music video over the next few weeks, and just getting ready to tour and eventually release new music! So lots of things, but I love working and I think the new stuff with be very well received. 

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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