Hi VENTS! Thanks for asking! To tell you the truth, I’ve been working hard on the promo of the EP, which as you might know already, is the nightmare of any independant artist haha. Sometimes it feels like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing, but you have to keep on pushing, because at the end of the day you can only rely on yourself to do the job. Oh, and Ditto.com is giving me a hand on this, which is greatly appreciated. But I’m learning a lot of stuff, so I guess it’s a good thing.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pop Killa”?
It’s my first single. I wanted to come up with something singular, a new sound, a blend between the old and the new. It’s also my profession of faith. When I composed that song, I knew I could have a project: this song defines me.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The music industry did. I’ve seen creativity being narrowed down, to the point where everybody was copying each other’s work. I wanted to create something original, something out of the box. In my childhood, you had three meaningful albums to buy a week, you could walk into a store, hear a song, be struck by it, and spend the whole week trying to figure out who it was. I wanted to bring back some of that, with a new feel. And I wanted to be in charge of my music. You might like the song or not, but all the artistic choices made here were mine, from top to bottom. Can you really call yourself an artist otherwise?
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Still working on it. It should be shot by the end of the year.
The single comes off your new album Pop Killa The Remixes – what’s the story behind the title?
Just the song and a bunch of remixes, although I consider them more like new material than remixes. That’s how there were conceived. I have kept the original melody of course, but the approach of each remix is very different. Oh, and I added an unreleased song from the upcoming album, called “Like Satellites”. To me it’s the ultimate slow jam 🙂
How was the recording, writing and remixing process?
Very lonely. Haha.
So would this EP served as a sneak peek into your upcoming LP, right?
Yes. “Pop Killa” is the eponym song. The album is up and ready to hit the charts, haha. More seriously, It’s just a great adventure for me, truly.
How did you capture the frustration you had while working on this record?
I didn’t. The frustation was just the starting point. But the promise I made to myself was to let go of creativity, and to never put any barrier between me and my music. Everything unraveled naturally from there on: if I liked it, then it would stay there.
What aspect of that frustration did you get to explore on this EP and the forthcoming album?
No frustation at all, just my love of music. And a weird feeling that I was doing the right thing.
What other genres and styles would you be diving into this and the new material?
There’s a strong line to my music. The primary genre is RnB, no doubt about that, but with this EP I took the chance to explore different other genres, like Electro and EDM, but also funk in a “Minneapolis Sound” kind of way, sometimes infused with a 90’s Hip hop touch. And it works great all together, I think.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I will start working on the live as soon as possible. The band is already up and ready to get started. You see, I had a life before that one, one that includes hundreds of live performances. I could not conceive a project without touring, and the album was specifically made for live.
What else is happening next in The Wave’s world?
I’m just getting started, but the next move will be a second single and the album. And since I composed, wrote, mixed and produced my project, I would love to collaborate with artists and composers that I love, and see what comes out of it. That could be very challenging for me.