Hi Shannen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good, ready to graduate from college in December haha!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single ”Woke Up From A Lazy Dream”?
This song is reminiscent of my high school years, struggling with panic attacks and depression… but I’ll get more into that in the next question.
Also, I believe it’s the first song I ever wrote that is mainly in my head voice range. As a kid I HATED singing in my head voice because I wanted to sing low and be different than all the other girls. As I got older and all my songs were in my lower range, I wanted to have the flexibility to sing higher if I wanted to…so I worked my ass off to increase my range and then eventually challenged myself with the intro melody to this song. I couldn’t sing it well when I first wrote it! It took a lot of practice to be able to sing it in pitch and with the odd tone I desired.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There was no particular event but rather a time period. As I mentioned, this song takes place in my high school years. I was drinking and smoking pot a lot… often inbetween classes. Journal entries of mine show that I was struggling with depression starting in seventh grade, so part of my motivation to drink and smoke was to escape all that. I have a predisposition to be affected negatively by substances because mind obstacles run in my family. When I first starting getting panic attacks in the midst of those bad habits, I was confused because at first it had helped me and later it seemed to make my mental health worse - there was no escape sober or not. Later I quit but still struggled with intense panic attacks being sober and struggled even more dealing with my partner’s poor attempt at quitting as well. It was during this time period that I was inspired to write this song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, actually the video was out first and the single is finally up on Spotify, SoundCloud, BandCamp, Apple Music and many other platforms thanks to CD Baby.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording process was actually really fun! It was produced by Bill Lefler at Death Star Studios in…I believe 2014. I wrote it a couple of years prior when the person I was dating was trying to quit smoking but it turned into a destructive relationship and thankfully ended.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album - how’s that coming along?
Yes! Coming next will be another single called “No Point in Stopping” followed by my EP, “Bipolar Lovers in Love.”
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Tentatively, the next single will be out in February and the EP in March.
What other life and personal struggles would you explore on this record?
I think I will explore a lot more on personal identity. I’ll have to get into that with you more when it gets closer to my EP release.
Any plans to hit the road?
I would love to tour if I can find places where I can cook my own food while touring…I have stomach issues - IBS and acid reflux - that require me to cook all of my meals bland with little to no oil. It’s definitely a deterrent for touring but I hope to figure it out.
What else is happening next in Cusi Coyllur’s world?
Next is graduating, finding a job and settling into that. Then, pushing my music and my alternative self-help blog, The Strange is Beautiful, forward more. AND I’d like to focus more on self-care for myself in terms of working out. I want to feel stronger physically to have less aches and pains.
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