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INTERVIEW: IAMCHELSEAIAM

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

I’ve been good thanks for asking! Just been staying busy with the new single, traveling for performances around the country and meeting amazing new people.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pity Party”?

Pity Party is the 1st single off of my upcoming EP produced by joeisjova, mixed and mastered by Yonatan Watts. It marks a transition for me, both musically and emotionally. It is a departure from my previous sound of just stripped down vocals and guitar. While this next EP will incorporate guitar, it won’t be as guitar heavy as my last release.

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

At the time that I wrote the song I was sick of my ex dragging me into these “Woe is me, I can’t live without you” conversations and it began to weigh on me. So I had to make a decision, that I wouldn’t take part in it. This is where chorus comes from “I won’t be at your pity party”. After that the words came in waves, I started to think in the literal sense of a party and when people invite you, what is usually expected of the guests. From there I just wrote from my experiences and how I was feeling. It was pretty therapeutic.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes I’m actually going to be shooting next week (weather permitting) in Atlanta.

The single comes off your new album A Beautiful Mess – what’s the story behind the title?

A Beautiful Mess is how I would describe myself and my life at this time. I’ve been through a lot in my past relationship and I’m still fighting to heal. So while life is pretty messy at this time, I still consider all the joy and beauty that I’ve experienced during this trying time.

How was the recording and writing process?

Ongoing. All of the songs were still written on guitar. Lyrics usually come in pieces for me, with the exception of a few songs. What I would do is write the song, record the demo at home and then send it off to producers. Finding producers for this project was the most challenging. I wanted to make a project I was 100% proud of and I think I’m doing that. I had worked with Yonatan Watts before writing for other artists but I had never worked with him on my own music. He’s extremely talented and as a singer himself, it makes him a better engineer. It was also my first time working with joeisjove. He’s also from Cincinnati and he’s an amazing talent as well.

What role does NYC plays in your music?

NYC drives me, I write my best lyrics on the subway. Even being around friends that I’ve made here in the city makes me better because we push each other. Also, I hear some pretty unbelievable true stories here in NYC that shape my lyrics. Culturally, I also feel that living here allows me to think outside of the box.

What made you want to seek for a slightly new direction?

I had a number of people who enjoy my music ask if I would ever put out a produced version of Live At The Bitter End EP. While it was never in my plans, I decided to give it a shot for the next EP.

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

My inspiration mostly comes from past relationships but also experiences that I’ve had in NYC and conversations that I have with people about their life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Very soon actually. Next week on Thursday May 11th, i’ll be playing in Atlanta at the Music Room. On Saturday May 13th i’ll be playing at the Sweet Auburn Music Festival in Atlanta as well. For June I plan on performing in Columbus and LA.

What else is happening next in iamchelseaiam’s world?

My monthly residency in Harlem is still going strong. I host an amazing show called “Songwriter Sunday” at Nabe Harlem every 1st Sunday of the month. Also continuing to write for other artists and finding creative ways to push the new EP.

Listen Pity Party

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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