Hey! Doing great thanks! Excited to share new music with the world.
-Can you tell us more about your track “Don’t Call Me A Catch”?
I was really tired of seeing scantily clad women on guitar magazines and then simultaneously being told that I “play guitar like a girl” like it was a bad thing. I was living alone at the time I wrote this song, and often felt unsafe walking by myself in my neighborhood because of aggressive men in the area. This song was my response to being objectified and humiliated over the years by being reduced to a person who is only valuable to society because of my body or sexuality as it relates to men.
-Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There were many events I pulled from, but I specifically remember walking by a car wash with my dog earlier that day and being catcalled by the men who were working.
-So far you’ve released the “Living Room Sessions” video for it – any plans to release an official music video?
There aren’t any official plans for an official video for this song, but there are more songs coming out soon.
-“Don’t Call Me A Catch” comes off your forthcoming album Laughing Into The Void – what’s the story behind the album title?
The political climate and volatile social frictions that have highlighted these past few years made me feel like making music was self indulgent and a superfluous process. “Laughing into the Void” is my personal variation of “Screaming into the Void” which is a way of saying you need to let off steam and take care of yourself even if sometimes it feels pointless to do so. You have to try to find happiness even when the world around you feels like it’s crumbling.
-What was the recording and writing process like?
A lot of these songs were bedroom demos that I worked on for a long time to get them to where I wanted them, and then we went into the studio and replaced a lot of the sounds. We kept a few things from the demos because we couldn’t top the feeling of them, but for the most part there weren’t a ton of surprises when we got into the studio because I had already spent so many hours getting the demos to where I wanted them. The only song that wasn’t fully flushed out was “When I’m with You” because I only had an acoustic version of a voice memo.
-Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing on your own?
When I was writing with Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and Steve Soboslai (Punchline) and working on “Colorblind” we started from scratch. We wanted to really pull a little bit of each of us on that song. Anthony had the opening guitar riff, and that inspired the rest of the song. I almost always start with lyrics so it was definitely a different approach.
-What role does being from LA play in your writing?
I spend a lot of time driving and sitting in traffic so I get a lot of time alone to think. It’s a bit like any big city and I enjoy being able to dip into that energy when I need it and also retreat to the suburbs when I want to get away. Like a lot of people in LA I’m a transplant, originally from Pennsylvania, so it’s still strange for me to say I’m from Los Angeles.
-How do you strike a balance between your upbeat pop sound and your sometimes sometimes moody, sarcastic lyrics?
I usually write lyrics first and I’m usually trying to be really honest with myself when I’m writing. Usually it’s because I’m upset or want to blow off some steam. I really love a good pop song because I like music that makes me feel really good, so it comes naturally to write upbeat music and combine the two.
-Where do you find the inspiration for your songs and lyrics?
When I’m not making music I’m engineering audiobooks. I read a lot so I think that inspires my lyric writing. As a songwriter it’s my job to tell my story and I only have a few minutes to do it in a compelling way. Each word is important.
-Any further touring plans for 2018?
Currently working on a national tour for Tiny Stills in the fall of 2018, and playing Fest in Gainesville, Florida. It’ll be our first festival and we are really excited.
-What else is happening next in Tiny Stills’ world?
Sending the physical copies of the vinyl record to the kickstarter backers! We’re independently releasing it and it’s going to be a lot of work but we’re excited to have it on vinyl!