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INTERVIEW: Ezla

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

Great thank you! It’s even better now that I’m talking with you guys!

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Outcasts”?

Yes! The single “Outcasts” is where I begin in this journey of self-acceptance. I wrote it based on a constant life struggle of always being “against the grain”. I wanted to give it a dark, yet, catchy anthem sound, a sort of calling out to those who color outside the lines. We are all, in some way, an “outcast” at one point or another, so this song serves as a calling of unity – a hymn to embrace your uniqueness.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Really, just life. I’ve always had a way of standing out whether that be a good or bad thing, and to be honest I spent most of my time trying to fit in. However, it was my move to Nashville (where I wrote and produced this project) that I realized I couldn’t care less of what other people thought of me and that who I am is pretty great. All that frustration and self-realization boiled inside of me and out came “Outcasts”. 

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Actually maybe! With “Outcasts” rapidly growing on Spotify, I’m thinking a music video may just be the next move!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

It was the first idea and song that molded this project. The first chapter to my “book” sort-of-speak. The moment I wrote this song, I knew who I wanted to be as an artist.

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly, one of the best processes I could have ever asked for. I was lucky enough to meet some of the most incredibly talented singer/songwriters and not to mention music producer who I now get to call friends. As a group we all just get each other – so naturally when we were in a room writing or a studio producing, we made magic.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Oh man, my time in Nashville was like going to music school. I grew so much in such a short amount of time. I learned who I was as a person as well as an artist, and most importantly, I found out what I wanted to write about. I found my voice in Nashville and for that I’m ever so grateful!

What aspect of love and human decadence did you get to explore on this record?

Well, for the first part of that question, that’s easy – I fell in love in Nashville. It’s probably one of my favorite things about that city, and of course I wrote a song, “Satellites,” to express the highs and joys of that emotion. But with the good comes the bad. I’ve also experienced not-so-great emotions from people who know nothing more than to lie, manipulate and cheat their way through life. I’ve witnessed people show their truest colors, and man it was ugly. That’s where my song “Psycho Killers” comes to play. 

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m in the middle of live show rehearsals. I’m working hard to get my set polished, so that I can start playing and connecting with others all over! I’m currently in San Diego, so I’ll start locally then grow from there!

What else is happening next in Ezla’s world?

I’ve just started planning for my 2018 EP release, and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s so much work to be done beforehand, but I’m enjoying each moment as it comes!

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