Following our premiere week, next we have Newcomer artist Reilly who is back with the psychedelic video for her infectious single “Wild Side”. The song is filled with catchy harmonies and melodies that reminds you of 2000s Teen pop such as Britney Spears.
On the new EP Reilly draws from a deep well of emotional insight and melodic craft while blending strong grooves, driving beats and modern sounds. Reilly proves herself equally adept at belting out full-throttle, female empowering songs as she does crooning big arena-sized ballads.
Although the pop feel is consistent throughout the entire EP, some tracks have a genuine rock feel to them, none more so then Wild Side. With an alt-pop beat carrying the song, the lyrics about partying will have you bopping your head along to its incredibly catchy chorus, and of course there is her unique version of the White Stripes My Doorbell. The opener Find My Way tells an inspirational story backed by a soulful beat and with a sweet melody and her honeyed vocals she will pull you in on the song Pull Me In. The constant throughout the EP is that Reilly’s voice shines.
Although this EP is incredibly refreshing in its ambition to create something new, Reilly borrows from many different musical types. When an artist that can’t be classified into a single musical genre they have created a unique sound of their own.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she studied voice and piano while performing with local and regional theatre groups since the age of 3, Reilly moved to New York in 2015 to focus more fully on her music. Her resume may include featured and starring roles in numerous performances at theatres in Pennsylvania and New York, but these days you’ll be more apt to catch her at the West Village musical theatre landmark, The Duplex, and Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall honing her craft.
In addition, Reilly sit down with us for an exclusive premiere where she talks about the single and what’s coming up next.
Hi Morgan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! I’ve been doing pretty well, no complaints!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wild Side”?
“Wild Side” is a powerful anthem about finding a bolder, sexier, more aggressive side of yourself that you otherwise wouldn’t acknowledge, and really tapping into that and seeing where it takes you. It’s about taking risks and living on the edge, and being unafraid to do things you never thought you’d see yourself doing.
Did any events in particular inspire you to write “Wild Side” song?
I actually wrote “Wild Side” in my kitchen while my roommate was out running errands. I can only write when I’m alone so I used the time I had and just started making up lyrics about being this badass girl that at the time I really wasn’t. Later that year I eventually embraced that “untamed side of me” as the song goes, and it became a much more personal song, because now I was actually living it instead of just writing about it
Can you tell us more about the new video for the song?
The video is a lyric video with an animal theme throughout, really embracing the wild in “Wild Side.” There are a lot of crazy colors and some of the sickest editing I’ve seen in a while. Thank you for premiering it.
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why did you go with yourself? Are you already thinking about the title for your next release?
Going with the name “Reilly” is an homage to my grandfather. When he married my grandmother, her ten brothers and sisters (I have a pretty big family) told him “You’ll never be an Ehrlacher, so we’re going to call you Reilly.” And to this day the name stuck. Everyone on my dad’s side of the family calls him Reilly, and I’m honored that he let me use his nickname for my music career.
It’s also a way of introducing myself to the world. Reilly is this new identity I’ve stumbled into over the past year, and finding her voice has been one of the coolest journeys I’ve ever been on. “Reilly” is my way of saying “Hey world, this is who I am and this is the music I write.”
I have started brainstorming some ideas for the album! At this point I’m stuck between “Chapter Two” and “Words,” named after one of my newest songs. We’ll see what happens!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a process for sure. When I started writing for the EP I was going through a really dark time and had this pretty severe writer’s block, so when I did write it was about heartbreak and a mess of depressing stuff. As the process continued, my writing style changed immensely, and I was shifting from bitter ballads to these inspirational uptempos. That summer I went from having only 5 originals to having over 30, and now I have over 100 in my arsenal.
Recording was a dream! I recorded the EP in a studio in Hazlet, New Jersey, and every session was so much fun. We worked hard for hours, which spread over months, and I even did a 3-day retreat where I stayed at a hotel in Hazlet and then woke up to record all day. It was exhausting but so exhilarating.
What was it like to work with Rich Andruska and how did that relationship develop?
Rich Andruska is hands-down the greatest producer I have ever worked with. From the day I met him we vibed so well as far as what we wanted to create with the vision and style of the EP. He has this sense of musicality that I’ve only ever seen in a few people, and we work so well together. He’s also one of the kindest and most down to earth people I’ve ever met. Every session was a dream and developing the Reilly vision was an incredible process. Hopefully I’ll get to work with Rich again in the near future.
How has NYC have influence your music?
Living in New York is why I write the way I write. I’ve been on so many crazy adventures here and met so many incredibly influential people, all in just a year and a half of my moving here. The stories I tell through my music are based on real-life events, and I’m so grateful for my time here and all of the songs that came out of it. Living in the city isn’t easy, but despite it all I really do love it.
What emotions did you get to explore throughout the song-writing and recording of this album?
A whole roller-coaster of emotions. As I mentioned before, I was in a very dark place when I started the EP, and shaking myself out of that funk and making some pretty major life changes opened the floodgates to a whole new layer of emotions I had been suppressing. I explored how it felt falling in and out of love, getting your heart broken and piecing it back together, being brave enough to sing my truth, dealing with the consequences when someone from your past finds their way back into your life, and really coming into my own, both as an independent person and as a performer.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully sometime soon! I’d love to go on tour.
What’s happening next in Reilly’s world?
Lots of live performances throughout the city, some exciting collaborations with other artists, and working on songs for the album! I’m so excited to see what happens in the months to come!