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INTERVIEW: Phenix (+ Stream New EP)

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

 I’ve been keeping busy and on the move, getting ready for tour!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So Gone”?

Yes would love to! “So Gone” just bursted out one day as I was leaving the studio. After I finished writing it I was so pumped the rest of the day, I couldn’t get it out of my head!!

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

Well I was talking with a good friend of mine and he was speaking on the subject of just writing a simple pop song, something that would just catch. I had never really went into songwriting with pre-conceived ideas of what I wanted to write, It really just hits me when it hits me and thank god it hits often. But, the conversation must have sunk in because a couple hours after….. “So Gone” was written! The first two lines “Red Lipstick on Cherry Cherry Bom Bom// You’d think I’d need a Mascot” left my lips as I was locking up the studio and I IMMEDIATELY had to run to my piano to finish it out!

How was the filming experience?

The filming experience was particularly amazing. I got to work with an amazing production team and some incredible dancers. It was really my team that allowed me to bring my vision to life by letting me take full control and be hands on from start to finish.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after yourself?

I decided to self-title the EP because I really wanted it to be an introduction point to the journey of Phenix and there was no better way to describe the collection of songs and where I was at when I wrote them. I was just discovering the Phenix within me and I was starting to experience and express that through the music and you can feel that freshness to it. I have to get my fans warmed up for what’s coming next ☺

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was extremely peaceful. I work out of my own studio here in Nashville so it allows for me to curate the creative juices as they flow so I am allowed the privilege to be able to record whenever I am feeling it – which is beyond amazing for an emotional artist like myself. Feeling is everything. It allows me a safe sanctuary to create.

What role does Nashville play on this album?

Nashville is a major part of who I am today and has played a massive role on my journey thus far. I grew up In Wisconsin, born and raised. I started writing when I was 8 years old and continued throughout school, and when I graduated I worked the summer and moved to Nashville. I didn’t know a soul In the city, drove my 2003 yellow Pontiac Sunfire down and I was free. I have spent the last five years shedding old skin and discovering myself and through the self discovery I found Phenix. I found my movement, my brand, my direction of voice and life. Nashville allowed me that sanctuary to do so, by the energy ever evolving in this city and all the beautiful lights and flames that make up it’s population. It is truly a magical place.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?

I got to explore and dive into my weaknesses and find acceptance within myself as well as direction. There is vulnerability but also a distinct strength to the album that speak throughout the energy, not just the lyrics alone.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes!!!! So excited to announce the “Phenix So Gone Tour 2017” !! We kick off here in Nashville, March 31st at Exit/In. We’ll be hitting Florida, Atlanta, North Carolina, NY, LA and more!!

What else is happening next in Phenix’s world?

Just thinking a lot and creating. Working out and meditating. Getting ready for the whirlwind!

Find Phenix Online:

Website: http://www.phenixmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phenixred1/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PHENIXXXMUSIC

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/PHENIX

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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