Hi Mitchell, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Heyo! I’ve been very well, thanks for having me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cry”?
Sure! I wrote “Cry” a little under a year ago last summer while I was living in Door County, Wisconsin. We’ve played it live at almost every show since then and finally got around to recording it this Spring along with several other songs at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas. Sound master and general badass Jason Burt (Medicine Man Revival) produced, engineered, and mixed everything. He also laid down some keys on this one. “Cry” is the first of those songs to be released into the world.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Absolutely. A lot of them, actually. I lived in St. Louis for the beginning of 2017. I was going through a lot of challenges personally at the time. I was in the middle of figuring out who I was through a very humbling break up and had several upsetting (and exciting) career “almosts” in a row. On top of and in tandem with this, I had a lot of personal habits that I wanted to break. I felt emotionally stuck and desperately wanted a fresh start. I went on tour with my band for about a month leading up to my move out to Door County, WI to work with a theatre company for the summer of 2017. That tour run really helped ease a lot of my worries and brought me a sense of calm. Getting up and singing about my sadness each night to rooms of strangers was extremely cathartic. It proved to me that the most important lessons that we learn about ourselves are when we are hurting and when we are changing, and how vital it is to allow yourself to feel these things and not deny them. After this tour, I settled in Wisconsin for the summer and songs just kinda poured out of me for several months – “Cry” was one of them.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Indeed! We’ve started shooting it and I’m so excited. It’s already coming together so well. It’s by far the most fully produced video we will have worked on. The production company to blame from this soon-to-be awesomeness are my good friends at Cinderblock, under the direction of the man, the myth, the legend, Jake Hull. We haven’t announced the release date yet, but it’s well on its way!
How was the recording and writing process?
In terms of writing, I wrote it in about a day while I was living in Wisconsin. The recording process was out of this world. We recorded “Cry” along with several other songs at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas. The wizard and general badass that is Jason Burt produced, engineered, and mixed these songs and even threw some instrumental sauce on top of a few of them. Jason pushed everyone involved to new levels of musicality, creativity, and passion. These songs are easily my favorite that I’ve ever recorded. I approach and listen to music with a more keen ear since working with Jason on these songs, and I’m extremely grateful to have him as a friend and collaborator. In short, the recording process inspired me to make the most dope and honest things I can everyday, to not be lazy. FYI, Jason’s band Medicine Man Revival will blow your mind, guaranteed. Listen to and see them live – thank me later.
What role does Dallas play in your writing?
Dallas plays a big role in my writing because I’m so inspired by the work that’s going on around the city. So much of my favorite music is brewed in DFW. Seeing others put their best foot forward inspires me to do the same. So many amazing songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers are in the metroplex now – not to mention to rich history that DFW has already. There’s also something to be said for being at home – I was born and raised in Dallas and have moved around a lot over the past several years for different acting gigs and tours. Coming back to where you’re from always seems to put things into perspective.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely! There’s plenty more where this comes from.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Maybe. But I won’t say now. So you’ll have to follow me on my socials to find out. And you’ll wanna find out 😉
What other aspect of grief and struggles will you be exploring moving on?
Grief and sadness is something that will always be a part of life, no matter how positive of a person you may try to be. So, I’ll be continuing to figure out how to navigate the peaks and valleys. Reminding myself that everything is temporary. For some events and emotions, that’s a very sad fact. For others, that’s something to be celebrated. Cherish what you want to hold onto, and believe that what you don’t want to hold will eventually loosen its grip if you allow yourself to struggle with it and still be kind to yourself.
Any plans to hit the road?
Of course. Touring is my favorite aspect of working as a musician. We just ended about a month and a half of tour and are taking a break for various other projects we have going on, but we’ll be announcing some summer and fall dates soon.
What else is happening next in Mitchell Ferguson’s world?
Writing! Traveling! Etc!
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