Thank you, it’s so great to be speaking with Vents. Summer is absolutely my favorite season, but I am really looking forward to this autumn. Busting out the sweaters and having an excuse to practically wear a blanket in public is always a sweet deal. I was upstate a little while ago apple picking, and it was so festive.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Remedy”?
“Remedy” is about the path of following your dreams. In the song there is this “Genie”-like character that is introduced which is inspired by the people in your life who motivate you to keep going. “Genie, whenever she needs you, there you are by her side. To bring endless joy to heart because sometimes, it falls apart…” We really can’t do anything without our tribe of people there who love us and motivate us to keep going when times are tough.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Moving to NYC from Texas as a whole really inspired “Remedy”. The change in lifestyle, pace, and everything. New York has this embedded energy that is inspiring and often overwhelming. Most people who migrate to NYC have some kind of dream or aspiration and you can feel this in the air.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I am currently working on the video at the moment and am looking forward to releasing it in November.
How were the recording and writing processes?
Writing “Remedy” was very satisfying because it all happened very organically in one sitting. About two years ago I made a demo with voice and guitar. Then last October I workshopped the tune with some musicians in a live setting and went into a studio in Brooklyn to record everything live. Months after that first session, I really became inspired by analog drum machines and decided I really wanted one on the track. So I went back into the studio with a great engineer and worked on overdubbing the drum machine, then rerecorded the drums to sync up, kept the bass track from the live session, but overdubbed everything else.
What role does Texas play in your writing?
Well, I grew up and lived outside of Dallas, in rural Texas by farms and freight trains. The sky is so big and the fields seem to go on forever. Waking up for years to the smell of fresh cut grass and birds in the tree by my window. It all has had an impact on my writing.
Known for playing with different styles – do you try to balance them together?
I have had a lot of musical influences. From my father’s extensive 80s rock and r&b collection, to immersing myself in jazz and jazz theory, to being influenced by strong female musicians like Bjork, Nina Simone, and Joni Mitchell. As a result of growing up with and studying all of that music I feel that it has naturally been infused into my writing style. It’s an organic balance.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new LP or EP – how’s that coming along?
A four track EP is definitely in the works and coming together as we speak.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It is set to release in March and I am planning on a self-title, Sterling Rhyne.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now plans are coming together to do an east coast tour in the spring, once all of the snow is (hopefully) melted.
What else is happening next in Sterling Rhyne’s world?
Lately, an emerging pastime of mine has been caring for all the plants in my tiny apartment.It is inspiring seeing all of my plants continue grow, especially in the winter when it’s so cold and dark. And there is something very healing about caring for something, then watching it grow. I thought one of my little succulents died over the winter last year, but I continued to keep it in my windowsill nearly forgetting about it and water it every once in a while. Then in the middle of the summer I noticed not only was it not dead but was growing so full, and it was surely a pleasant surprise!