INTERVIEW: Autumn Hill’s Tareya

Photo Credit: Phil Crozier

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

 Hi VENTS! I’ve been great, very busy recording my first solo single, “Summer Wheels” and making my debut solo album.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summer Wheels”?

I’d love to! Imagine combining Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun” with Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”, now add in some Beach Boys harmonies and Ringo inspired drumming and you’ve got “Summer Wheels”! It’s the perfect summer road trip anthem!

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

This January I spent some time down South just cruising the coast in a classic car — it’s my new happy place. I took a mental snapshot of the experience so I could remember it anytime I was sitting in traffic or needed a minute to catch my breath. On my drive back home, I took a detour through Nashville to capture it in a song. I hope everyone can hear the waves crashing and feel the ocean air when they listen to “Summer Wheels”!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, there is video for the single! It’s a point-of-view experience of the ocean drive that inspired the song! You feel like you’re actually cruising down the coast when you watch it. Check it out on YouTube!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing session was super laid back. I wrote “Summer Wheels” very quickly — in a couple hours with Patricia Conroy and DanickDupelle in Nashville. The lyrics are fresh and quirky and sexy!

I recorded “Summer Wheels” with producer, Jeff Dalziel in Toronto. We pulled up some road trip footage on the big screens and I recorded the vocals while wearing sunglasses, haha. It was a blast!

Are you taking a different approach from your previous musical projects with this solo career?

Yes, definitely. I am making this solo album as an independent artist, which means unlimited creative freedom! This album is a passion project and I’m challenging myself to be more vulnerable in my songwriting and unconventional in my creative choices. My goal for this album is for every song to sound unique and expose a little piece of myself. More than anything, I want to inspire and connect with others through my music.

How’s your new album coming along?

I’m trying to “go with the flow” for this album. I’m feeling my way through the process instead of over-thinking it. I’ve written (and continue to write) so much for the album, there are a lot of songs to choose from. I’ve began production on half the songs so far, and I’ll decide on the final songs over the next couple months. As the record begins to take shape, I believe the songs that are meant to be on the album will become obvious.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I do have the title of the album picked out, but I’m keeping it secret for now! But I can say it’s the title of a song on the record. I knew immediately after I wrote it that it was the title track — it encompasses the entire theme of this album. I’m planning for a September 2017 release.

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

I metabolize emotional experiences through music and this album is an expression of events in my life that I’ve processed through songwriting. I hope others connect with this album the way I do. It’s an extremely personal album — every song is about something I’ve gone through. It includes a song about losing someone, leaving everything I knew to move across the country to pursue a career in music, the confounding first few years of marriage, an unforgettable road trip and the title track, which celebrates how every experience in life, good or bad, transforms us into beautiful mosaics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, at the beginning of June I’m hitting the road on a cross-Canada radio tour promoting “Summer Wheels.” A Spring tour is also in the works for 2018.

What else is happening next in Tareya’s world?

This summer I’ll be focusing on finishing the album and spending as much time as possible in Calgary with my family. I’ve been living across the country for seven years, so coming home will be the perfect celebration for this solo release!

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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