Hi Leslie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Couldn’t be better, thank you!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fairy Tales”?
Of course! It’s one of my favorite songs off of my new EP, Love + Destruction. It’s about a girl having the courage to believe that anything is possible despite the world always telling her the opposite.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There was a day when I was talking to a very dear friend who asked me, “Do you believe in the idea of ‘happily ever after?’ And I said, “No. But… secretly, I’ve always hoped I would meet someone who would make me believe otherwise.”
How was the filming experience behind the music video for the single?
Filming ‘Fairy Tales’ the Music Video was, hands down, the most fun I have ever had on a set. We had acrobats, silk aerialists, fire breathers, snake dancers, you name it. It was a collection of extraordinary people who brought such a unique and vibrant energy to the shoot. I wish every day could be like the day we filmed!
The single comes off your new EP Love and Destruction – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is lifted from a lyric in the song ‘Human Being’ where I sing… “I could never save us from 1,000 fears, from the love and destruction that held us all these years.” It’s about admitting to the person you love that you’ve done everything you could to save this relationship but, in the end, the damage that has been done is bigger than anything anyone could ever fix. It’s about admitting that you are human. And that there is a fine line between loving someone and destroying them.
How was the recording and writing process?
In a word: therapeudic. All I can say is that if you’re going through a life changing experience and discovering that everything you trusted in the world isn’t real… there are no better people to have in the studio with you than Julian Coryell, Erich Gobel, and Mark Schulman.
What aspect of love and destruction did you get to explore on this record?
I wrote this EP from a place of personal rediscovery after a breakup from someone I had spent a great number of years with. I’m not sure I knew myself when I entered that relationship, but I know that I have come to know myself very well since. One doesn’t go through that journey without experiencing a great deal of both love and destruction.
What are your upcoming tour dates?
I’ll be heading out to the west coast with Howie Day next week. Our first show is in San Francisco on Aug 9that The Chapel.
What else is happening next in Leslie DiNicola’s world?
A whole lot of touring, writing, and maybe some fire breathing lessons… a trapeze class… who knows!