Hi, thanks so much for having me! I’ve been good, nice and busy with the new single release!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Electricity”? How was the recording and writing process? (I put these questions together because I answered the both at once hahah sorry!!)
Definitely! “Electricity” was actually written a few years ago sort of as an experiment. My production team and I challenged ourselves to write a song without playing any instruments, which is why a lot of the track is beatboxing and humming, and then we added instrumentation later on. It was a ton of fun and really helped me find my sound through creative experimentation.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No, the song is more based on the vibe than any particular event. Once we found the groove, the concept came about because it just felt right for the mood of the song. Though it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the story came from, it just kind of happened! hahah
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was amazing – very challenging and rewarding! I originally set out to make a super vibey, stylized lyric video and I went to my good friend Ryan Forsythe of Coffee&Leather Media for ideas and it soon evolved into the full-blown music video concept that is now out. We made it on a pretty tight budget and all took on several roles, so it was a lot of hard work, but it really paid off and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I got to work with some other really talented friends as well – Dan Brink, director of photography, and Joan Murray, make-up artist, and it was so cool to just bring a bunch of talented friends together to create something great.
What role does LA play in your writing?
Hmmm, that’s a great question! I think it plays more of a subliminal role more than anything overt. By being around so many talented people and up-and-coming acts, I’m inspired and motivated to be better every day.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
Sometimes, it really depends on the session. The first time I work with somebody I like to see how they work in a session, and see what they do differently than me, and see what I can learn from them, and then as we move forward and continue to work more, we kind of find our rhythm, so it is different depending on who I’m working with. But I think my approach differs from song to song; I’m always just trying to write the best song possible, whether I’m writing alone or in a collaboration; the biggest difference is that collaboration just produces more ideas, and you’ve essentially got a built-in focus group hahah. Every session is different; sometimes I take the lead, sometimes someone else does; it’s all about serving the song, so I would say I take a different approach for just about every song I’m a part of.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, definitely! I’ve got a bunch of new material I’m working on, and I’m working on narrowing it down to what I want to release next. I’m so excited to put even more new music out and share what I’ve been working on!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No release date yet, and I’ve got lots of titles, but they’re not quite ready to be announced yet, because I’m not sure which is coming out next! Hahah. Time will tell! Make sure to follow me on all my social media (@treyewald) for updates on new music and to be the first in the know!
Any plans to hit the road?
Not quite yet – I really want to, but I’m doing my best to be patient and release a few more singles, and play some shows around LA to really test the material and dial in a live set before heading out on tour. I plan on releasing several new singles in the new year and hopefully that will lead to some opportunities to hit the road as soon as possible!
What else is happening next in Trey Ewald’s world?
Oh man, hahahah lots! I’m really focused on choosing the next few singles to put out. I’ve got a few songs to finish that are at the top of my list, and then I want to release a bunch of new music in the coming year. I want to be a reliable source for fun new music that ties my influences together and has the ability to bring people together to have a great time!