I’ve been great, thank you! Music has me really energised lately!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “12:01am”?
‘12:01 A.M.’, which features Mercston, is the opening track of my EP. It’s about a guy that has caught my attention in the club. I find it difficult to find the right words to say to him, but I lose him in the crowd and it pretty much gets to a point of playing cat and mouse.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well, I’ve experienced being in that situation where I’m too tongue-tied to talk to a guy I like and hoping he’ll notice me anyway, while having that other guy that I’m not even interested in hitting on me all night! It’s pretty much inspired from first-hand experience haha!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I would like to shoot one to encompass the mood of the track and bring visuals to the audience.
The single comes off your new album Past Midnight – what’s the story behind the title?
I wanted to create something that people can relate to in the early hours of the morning. I feel a lot of people will relate to it as it tells you a story of an all-nighter, taking you on a journey of everything that’s happening every two hours.
How was the recording and writing process?
We recorded the EP at Relentless Studios on Denmark Street in the space of five days! I’ve never experienced anything like it! It was so exciting as every day we created something new, and every day it got better and better. A room filled with super creative and musical people! I felt so inspired.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Writing on my own, I’m usually in my own bubble. But I’m always collaborating and working with loads of artists, which I love as it’s one big brainstorm!
How much did the night influence the writing on this album?
It influenced it a lot as it’s based on everything from being out at the club, to what you get up to when you’re home, to reaching that hour of lust and finally being in a predicament where you don’t know if it’s time to sleep or to just get on with your day.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Pretty much from my own experience, and I’m sure we can all relate. I tried to keep it as authentic as possible and basically just wanted to tell my own story.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing planned as of yet, but there will definitely be more gigs coming up.
What else is happening next in Allana Verde’s world?
I plan to continue to write about experiences and make relatable music, as I feel that’s the best kind of music.