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Can you talk to us more about your latest single Jessica?

Yes! it’s the first song I have ever written and recorded on the guitar. And it’s also probably the song that has taken me the longest to write in terms of brain-time. And editing.

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

Yes, a conversation with a good friend’s mum.

Which happened around the same time that I was questioning/mulling over the idea of what the role of an artist is… “am I allowed to be an artist? Is it/am I “useful” enough?” and so in some way this song took on a bigger role in mind – almost becoming an anthem to motivate me through/celebrate me starting to find my way out of that mental wobble.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! Coming soon.

The single comes off your new album Who I Am and What I’m For – what’s the story behind the title?

It was meant as an affirmation really. I had spent a lot of time building up doubts, questioning myself/my choices in my life so far and sort of getting in the way of myself really. The title just popped into my head one day – after I’d done a bit of work untangling some knots and was feeling in a much more secure and purposeful place – and it sounded right. 

How was the recording and writing process?

This song haunted me for a good 8 months. The opening line just dropped into my head one night after I’d had this idea for the song being a monument in some way/set in the British Museum… and then it took a load more time knocking around in my head until it felt finished.

The recording process was nerve-wracking as I am very new to the guitar but sadly I was too stubborn to let anyone else play it for me. So it took a couple of sessions and a lot of me swearing at my fingers. 

How has Regina Spektor and Carole King influence your writing?

Did you pick them from my blurb? Those tend to be names other people use more than I do… Woman+piano maybe.

Regina Spektor has such a totally unique way of expressing herself and I love how she’s managed to forge her own path in the way she has. I think she’s brilliant. And she is AMAZING live. I love how dramatic and classical a lot of her stuff is, but then there is a lovely playfulness there too. 

Carole King I have such respect for as a songwriter. But I’d be lying if I said she was a huge influence as I’m not a hardcore fan/don’t know her music inside out. 

I should probably take that off my biog… haha.

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

The EP was a jumping off point – I wanted to go back to a singer-songwriter/piano-led sound (after a cycling concept album) and get some songs together that I could actually gig solo! I’m looking forward to being able to keep experimenting in the studio on this next album.

Lyrically, the songs are, respectively, about: my Granny/the passing of time/slowing down and enjoying the small things.

Any plans to hit the road?

 I am currently on tour. 

What else is happening next in Me For Queen’s world?

Recording an album soon!

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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