Hi C, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! I’m good thank you! It always feels good having some music out. It’s like shutting a book – it gives you closure on a small chapter of your life, know what I mean?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Depend On Me”?
Well, Depend On Me is basically a poor excuse for being a bit of a deadbeat for a second. It’s about having a fear of commitment and stringing people along whilst you figure some things out.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Well a few years ago I was going through a lot of changes. I’d decided I wanted to change the direction of my career in music and had also just come out of a long-term relationship, so there was a lot going on. I ended up in a series of sort of bite-sized relationships with lots of different women that lasted like a couple of months a time. Nothing lasted very long because I just didn’t have the headspace, so I ended up stringing people along. One of the women in question sent me the Teedra Moses song like ‘yo remember this?’ I was like ‘oh shit, yeah! I love this tune!’ It kinda signified that period for me and ironically pretty much summed up how I guess some of them felt… ‘Just Wanna Be Your Girl’. I remember thinking ‘I have to flip this sample’, but it wasn’t till I had an argument with one of them a couple of years later about my non-commitalness that it came together.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
My problem with videos isn’t that I don’t have good ideas. It’s that I have too many ideas and a lot of the time they’re way bigger and way more expensive than they are plausible. I’ve allowed that to stop me releasing songs before, so I decided to just put it out there as audio first and see how it goes. If I get the resources I need to do what’s in my head justice it’ll be sick, trust me! Hopefully that’ll be soon .
How was the recording and writing process?
I tend to work in lots of little bursts. I don’t ever force it. Ideas tend to come and find me at the strangest times and I never think they’re worth anything till I sit down and push them around and all of a sudden it’s like OH SHIT this is something! It was the same for this song. I remember I’d just broken it off with someone and the first verse just came immediately within maybe 10 minutes of it. I wrote it over another beat from somewhere or another then I just left it alone. Months later I remember being on my way to the airport at the train station and ‘I wanna have the ting and eat it, love with no strings and beat it’ popped in to my head. I was laughing about it to myself the whole time I was in the air and I pretty much had the second verse by the time I landed – I think it was Copenhagen, so that’s like an hour or so. Then I remembered the Teedra Moses song and it was literally the perfect marriage. I threw the beat together super quick. Funnily enough, the last thing to come was the hook. I remember that came to me when I was in a random studio where I was supposed to be working on something else. I had it all then and I spent probably A YEAR mixing it down – taking it in different directions and pushing it around. But once it was all done I really felt it was important to have someone from the opposite sex tell the story too – that whole non-committal thing isn’t exclusive to men after all, and Maz smashed it.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
If you mean as a producer, yes. It’s much easier to be subjective when working on other people’s music. They’re so emotionally attached that sometimes it can be impossible for them to see things in different ways or accept that a different approach could better articulate what they’re trying to say. As an outside influence I can see all of that stuff and help them with it. As an artist, I’M that emotionally attached person. And although the fact that I can produce and engineer my own records is a great thing, it can be very difficult to look at your own music subjectively – hence the amount of time I take to put stuff out!
If you mean as an artist collaborating with other people, not really. It’s so important that everyone involved is allowed to be themselves and be as creative as they can be. If I ask someone to feature on a track, I want them to bring themselves to it. And vice-versa if I’m featured on someone else’s record. So although I may have some ideas for them and they for me, we’re all just doing what we do. So it’s the same vibe.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yep. There are tonnes of songs I’m sitting on and an album ready. I’ve been working on all of that for the past like 4 years, so there’s plenty to come 😉
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m still feeling it out – I’m gonna let things build naturally and form a plan when I’m ready. For now I’m just enjoying having some music out there! The project is called Ego Trip.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not yet – once I get some more music out there we’ll see where we’re at. I’ve toured loads before and haven’t been on the road for a long time, so I’ll definitely make it happen when the time is right.
What else is happening next in CORES’ world?
More music of course and also I’m producing a few other records at the moment. I just finished executive producing Murkage Dave’s new record which is super dope, so that should be out soon. And aside from music, I’m still trying to figure this relationship shit out. I’ll keep you posted…
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