Hi Shaelyn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! I’ve been great, thank yout! Just getting ready for summer. How about you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Seventeen”?
Seventeen is about having a crush for the first time in a long time and just seeing where it goes! I think one of the most fun stages of any developing relationship is when the intial sparks hit.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I think just the prospect of putting yourself out there in general after taking some time off from dating can be both nerve-wracking and exciting. You hope for something as great as you’ve experienced before but you also have to keep in perspective that each person is unique and that you can’t really go back in time and make everything perfect. So in retrospect, probably that first date I went on in a long time.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the video was so much fun! I started out on YouTube so before it was just me and a tripod or me and whoever I could get to film me. Having an actual crew that was really invested in making sure we got every shot and made sure it all looked good once it was in editing was something I only dreamed of as a little girl.
How was the recording and writing process?
For me, my songbook is like my diary. Every song kind of starts out with me typing ideas I get into the Notes app on my phone and then later I’ll transfer it to pen and paper. There’s just something about actually writing it down that makes it feel more concrete.
Recording was awesome! This time around I was in Woodland Hills in the studio some of the High School Musical Soundtrack was recorded in, needless to say I totally geeked out! My producers, Luke and Simon, made me feel like a pro in the studio. It was so fun getting to come in every couple weeks and just create.
What role does LA play in your writing?
Since most of my songs are narratives I’d say it plays more of a setting than a theme in my music. Everything I write is something I’ve either been through and am now reflecting on or something I’m going through currently.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Besides the single, I also released an EP earlier this year called Wonderland. Seventeen is on it and I’m really impressed with how well it’s doing. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, and most music streaming platforms. I’m always writing so I definitely want to put a full length album out sometime in the future.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Hmm…as far as a title goes I’d probably stick with the fairytale theme I have going with Wonderland. A lot of my music that I’ve been writing lately has been inspired by medieval times and hightened fantasy films. There’s just something I love about feeling transported to a different time, so we’ll see. I changed the name of my last record about three times while writing and recording.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’d love to tour sometime should the opportunity arise! I’d probably want to start out as an opener just so I could learn the ropes and really get a grasp on what I’m doing. There are so many artists that I love that would be a dream to perform with!
What else is happening next in Shaelyn Avalon’s world?
In my spare time I love volunteering with dog rescues so my dream event would be a benefit concert or a charity benefitting them. So hopefully I’ll be able to do that once I’m more established.
As far as what’s happening next in the near future, more writing and just talking about music with whoever will listen. I’m so grateful to be getting to do what I always wanted to do so I want to enjoy it every step of the way.
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