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

Been really good, thanks for asking!

Can you talk to us more about yournew single, “They Sent You Back Down”?

Yeah, I would love to…

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

The inspiration from this song actually came from a “lack on inspiration” I guess you could say! Haha. The song is basically a dream or a daydream. I was making up an imaginary dream guy and what I would say to him if he were real and how it would feel. In the beginning, I’m trying to portray that this guy is my soul mate, an angel sent from heaven to be the love of my life. The second half is all about how he seems to know me so well that he can’t be real.  What I love about this song is I wrote it for no one person. It’s for someone in love and also someone looking for love.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Sad to say for this song I probably will no be releasing a video. BUT keep an eye out in the future for some videos with some new music!

The single comes off your new album 1 – what’s the story behind the EP title?

I wish it was more exciting but I named it 1 because it is the first collection of songs I felt really represented me and the sound I wanted to put out there.

Would you call this a somewhat conceptual record?

Each song is separate with this EP. They all have their own story and very different stories behind why I wrote them. I do love the idea of a concept album though and have thought about doing that in the future.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well as I said, each song was written for a different reason and at a different time. “Day Job” was written in Montana in my living room on a less than desirable keyboard haha. “Take Me Away” was written in about 2 hours in the living room of a house I lived in in San Diego. “Blame” was written with my friend in the garage of my San Diego house and then finished off in an underground studio in the Gaslamp District. “They Sent You Back Down” was written in the living room, which happened to be my bedroom at the time, of an apartment in San Diego. Soooo the processes were all very different and unique. I think over all my process of isolating my self is the same, it doesn’t really matter where I write as long as I can be alone in my head.

What role does Montana plays in your music?

I was just talking to my friend about this the other day! Montana really allows me to do exactly what I just said about “being in my head.” I spend a lot of time thinking, daydreaming and zoning out in general and in Montana I have the mental space and calm surroundings to just be in those states of mind all day if I want. It’s peaceful and allows me to make up as many stories as I want.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

It’s funny, all your questions are tying into my previous answers. Mostly, unless someone really gets to me personally, I get little bits of inspiration for my zone-out daydreaming moments from something someone says, even a single word I like or something I observe from the people around me. Even when love inspires me it’s rare that I only pull from that. My songs are usually multifaceted in regards to where the inspiration came from. I sometimes could tell you which lines are about what in a song.

Any plans to hit the road?

I plan on traveling more up and down the southern California coast a bit more in 2017!

What else is happening next in Lio Nicol’s world?

Well, I plan on releasing a couple new singles this year, which I’m super excited to share, and of coursemoooore shows! In addition to my own music, I will also be busting booty working with other amazing songwriters and artists. Songwriting has always been my main passion and so I am constantly working on that and plan to gain more traction this year in that department.

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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