Hi! I’ve been pretty good, just finished playing The Number Fest in Athens, Ohio! It was a little colder than I expected, but Marshmello made it all worth it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Overrated”?
I got to write “Overrated” with Noah Henson, and at the time I was still trying to find my sound. The track ended up with a very EDM vibe, and then my producer, Skidd Mills, and I shaped the sound to cater more towards the rest of the EP.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Definitely. I was going through a really complicated breakup with one of my best friends. I felt a lot of anger and annoyance towards the situation and writing about those feelings was really therapeutic for me.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was really fun! We shot the video over the course of three days in Las Vegas. It was pretty intense because of all the locations, outfits, different makeup looks, and time constraints, so we were definitely all wiped out by the end of the weekend. My team was an absolute blast so that made the entire experience very positive and fun.
How was the recording and writing process?
Noah Henson and I wrote the song over the course of a 12-hour session. We didn’t want to stop until the song felt complete because we wanted the music to breathe and have a consistent vibe. The recording process was different from the other songs on the EP because this is the only song I didn’t write with my producer Skidd, and it was also recorded separately from all the other songs because we needed it done to shoot the video. Everyone who worked on the record was amazingly talented.
What was it like to work with Skidd Mills, Billy Dawson and Noah Henson? How did those relationships develop?
It was amazing to work with Skidd Mills, Billy Dawson, and Noah Henson! All three of them are extremely talented, amazing human beings, and they also all work in their own unique ways. I learned a lot from each of them and they all brought a different dynamic to the process. I got to work with all of them one on one, so the relationships and creative energy have definitely developed throughout this process.
How much did they get to influence the song?
Skidd and Billy had a good amount of influence on the beginning use of the vocoder. Noah helped challenge me a lot vocally with this song, so that was great.
Was it easy to find your own voice among many creative minds?
No, I knew what I wanted my music to sound like, but finding a producer and cowriters that could help me achieve that goal was pretty difficult.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville provided me with a lot of connections. It took a while to develop the connection base because Pop isn’t the main genre there, but I am definitely thankful for the people I have met there.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! My upcoming EP Small Talk is up for pre-order and will be available on May 11! It has four songs on it, including Overrated. I’m very proud of the songs on the EP.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Small Talk – May 11th
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m working on some tour dates, but right now I have some upcoming events and showcases in Nashville that are taking priority.
What else is happening next in Juliana Hale’s world?
Well, I am currently on the bus back from Ohio to Nashville which is a 7-hour drive, so I’ll hopefully be taking a nap, eating a solid dinner, and recovering from the festival weekend. But once I wake up, I’ll be finishing a couple songs with Skidd in the studio this week and prepping for the EP release.