INTERVIEW: Cusi Coyllur

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.

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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