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INTERVIEW: AnDel

Hi Anthony, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Oh, you know, just living the dream! So flipping excited to release my first song!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “One Night”?

Of course. “One Night” is about knowing you’re emotionally unavailable but still wanting to be intimate physically with someone. I think the beat (Produced by MikS) captured the feeling perfectly: Fun, catchy, and dance-able, with a palpable dark feel to it.

Did any articular event inspire you to write this song?

At the time I was hanging out with a friend of mine regularly. It became very evident that there was some underlying sexual chemistry between us, but I had just gotten out of a relationship that ended in flames and clearly wasn’t ready for another, and to tell you the truth, I don’t think this person was emotionally available either. I still wanted to be close, though, mostly physically but also emotionally. I don’t know- All I can say is that didn’t end well either. haha

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It couldn’t have gone better. I got to work with all of my friends, and that’s the best feeling in the world. Jay Yi has been styling me for a while, Eya (the girl with purple hair) is someone I’ve known since high school and Brenna (The girl in white) I’ve known for about three years. Not to mention my buddy Josh is INCREDIBLE with everything that he does: visually and sonically; he’s untouchable in my opinion.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was kind of funny, actually. Originally, I came to Eleven Studios in Burbank and was cycling through MikS’ beats for another song. We settled on that beat and tried to record a song I had already written but it just didn’t feel right. So I told him, “Let me take this home and sit on it for a bit” – So I did. No matter how hard I tried, the song wouldn’t fit. I was going through a lot emotionally at the time and I hadn’t processed a lot of it so I just decided I was going to use what I was going through and start from scratch. I wrote the song and sent it to MikS for approval, and once I got that, I recorded the vocals and the rest is history.

What role does LA play in your music?

I’ll be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with LA. Most of the time, it’s the villain. There’s something about this city that can bring out the absolute worst in people. Every time someone new to LA makes friends with me and asks for advice, I tell them this place is a battleground and not a place you come to make friends or build a family life. It’s hard for me because I come from a place where everyone knows everyone and they care for each other. When something happens in Angels Camp, California, everyone comes together. That’s not really the case here.

On the other hand, LA can be the hero, too. It’s beautiful for the same reasons it’s dangerous. You can do anything here. You can be anyone. You can go on an adventure the second you step out that door. This city can teach you hard lessons at a rapid pace. I’ve learned to trust myself, read body language, and cut out people who only want to see what they can get from you. And there are not many other places where I would be able to work with such a huge group of people with high-caliber talent. LA is the most beautiful, painful, seductive muse I have for music and, as much of a pain as it can be, I don’t want to be anywhere else.

Does acting influences your music, or the other way around?

Acting definitely influenced my music a ton. I’m actually a Meisner trained actor, and my songwriting was taken to a whole new level after graduating that class. Being able to go to places emotionally is a huge underrated strength, not so much for songwriters, but definitely for singers. If it’s not real, people can tell. If all goes well with music, I’d really like to get back into acting again. I really miss it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – If so, how’s that coming along?

Does the 405 suck to drive in rush hour? Yes. The answer is yes. I’m currently in 3-5 writing sessions a week, and I’m looking to make it more. I have a couple of songs on deck, it’s only a matter of time before I get to share them with everyone. I can’t wait!

Are there any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have tentative release dates but every time I say one, something inevitably happens to make me push it back- The struggle is so real. All I will say is it’s coming soon, so be on the lookout. As for titles, I’m working on a song I wrote called “Hourglass” right now that’s very, very personal for me. I think a lot of people are going to connect with it on a deep personal level, and that’s what excites me to get it done. I seriously can’t wait to share it.

Do you have any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. I wish I could do it now but I need to give people the chance to get to know me as an artist and as a person with more songs first. I’m so excited to connect with the people who listen to my songs, and the second I’m able, I want to travel and tour. . . The whole nine yards.

What else is happening next in AnDel’s world?

I’m not gonna lie. . . It’s about to get darker. The past couple years have been some of the most difficult I’ve ever had to face, and a lot of my music I plan to release reflects that. But, at the same time, there are a lot of lessons I learned through the pain, and maybe by sharing them other people can learn from my experience. Either way, I’m so excited to be able to share and connect with others, because for me, that’s what music is all about.

One Night will be out everywhere on October the 11!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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