I’ve been fantastic! Life has been amazing. I just came back from a trip to Las Vegas, where I spent most of my time chilling in the hotel’s jacuzzi with my cousin. We also did a really cool game of blacklight mini golf at one of the casino’s. It was Twilight Zone themed and they were playing a lot of music from the 50’s. I was dancing the entire time. Otherwise, I’ve been doing a lot of art. I really love to paint in my free time. And of course, I’ve been practicing and writing a lot of music, which I always love doing.
Can you talk to us more about your song “You Saved Me”?
It’s a happy song about a dark and taboo relationship where the singer finds solace in her lover’s presence.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
What inspired me to write this song was a book with an unsatisfactory ending. I love to read. In fact, I read exactly a hundred books in 2017. So the evening I wrote this, I had just finished reading a trilogy. I started fiddling with different chords on my guitar. while reeling with the emotions the last book had left me with, thinking of the open ending and all its possibilities. Then, I discovered a finger-picking pattern I became fond of. I started playing with different chords and singing random words. When I was writing the song and the story within, my mind kept drifting to the book I had just read. I began writing a song partially from my perspective and partially something that could have been in the book. The main reason for this was because I was so unsatisfied with the ending.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
I released a lyric video for this song, but there won’t be an actual music video for it. The lyric video can be found here: https://youtu.be/kKiBFnFJtoM
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process for most of my songs is fun and fluid. I really enjoy being in the studio. My dad always ends up bringing me a hot cup of tea for me to sip, while I sing my heart out. I’ve been recording with Cliff Goldmacher, a renowned songwriter that lives in Nashville, TN and Sonoma, CA. He is easy to work with and makes the process really great. Prior to recording, I prepare for a session by working on background vocals and refining singing techniques beforehand. I also strategize the recording of the song with Cliff on the day of recording. Usually the process takes several hours per song and goes smoothly.
What role does San Jose play in your writing?
San Jose is home and my comfort zone. While I love being there, I often find inspiration in the wonderful things I read and the stories take me to lands far more exotic and exciting, which allows me to be more creative and expressive in my writing beyond the limits of my city. Some of my best songs have been written when on the road traveling to wonderful places around the world.
How has Halsey influenced your music?
I discovered Halsey two years ago. I had previously heard her music that year, but hadn’t thought much of it. That is, until I discovered more music of hers. From there, I watched a lot of her interviews and became a huge fan overnight. I love her songwriting, production, personality, fashion and really, just everything. She’s a huge inspiration to me in my life and music. She has really helped me be more open with my lyrics and be comfortable with writing down every raw thought that appears in my head.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! I am working on a full-length album as we speak. We are halfway done with the production and it’s going great! I’m super excited for everyone to hear it. The songs for the album have a different vibe than my EP, “This Flame”. Not only has my songwriting matured, but I am growing into my own style, which has been a process of discovery.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes to both! It’s going to be released towards the end of 2018. The album will be titled “Facade.”
Any plans to hit the road?
I am performing regularly in Northern California and expect to hit the road in the coming months
What else is happening next in Someya´s world?
My life revolves on all things artistic, including music, writing, creating visual art, reading stories, and makeup! I love to be creatively fashionable in my own way and live out the artist within me.