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INTERVIEW: Rae Isla

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

Hey Vents team. I’ve been very busy making new music!

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

It’s a song off my upcoming EP – about the realization that life and love, by nature are turbulent. When you accept you can’t control everything, you can the find strength to carry on.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

A fight with my partner. I don’t remember what we argued about, probably something unimportant, but as she walked away I immediately heard a melody in my head and picked up my guitar. The song came instantly and was written in about five minutes.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! It’s out now on Youtube.  

How was the recording and writing process?

It was so fun and challenging at the same time. For the most part there was no one giving me direction, so the validation for what sounded good had to come from within. I wrote all the parts and recorded everything – including strings – in the basement of my house. It was a very “pieced together” process, calling on favors from music friends to record parts or listen to mixes, add production elements, etc. I’m new at producing my own music, so it’s been wonderful collaborating with people while being in control of all the decisions.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

Brooklyn has every type of musician or creative you could ever want to work with. I’ve been incorporating more cinematic live instruments to my new songs, and having some of the top players a text away has made recording these sounds so seamless. To shout out some of these Brooklyn talents – Sean Smith helped with production, Tiger Darrow (of Tiger Man) played cello, and Kevin Kuh (of Pool Cosby) played violin.

Bringing some people from different cultures – how is this influencing your music?

Music by nature is multicultural. The more I listen to and collaborate with people from other cultures, the more I’m able to continue discovering and creating my own sound.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Definitely. When working alone, I usually experiment more with sounds and also take longer to finish a song. When working with someone else, I try to set deadlines as it helps us stay on track as a team. It also depends if it’s my own music or not. I’ve learned (the hard way) that you have to be firm with what you want for your own material, otherwise you’ll end up feeling like you’re not in control of your career.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Definitely. My debut EP “No Longer Blue” is coming out on November 2nd!

Any plans to hit the road?

I plan to do some local shows and pop over to LA and Seattle to share the EP once it’s released. Would love to tour more extensively in 2019.

What else is happening next in Rae Isla’s world?

I’m already making new music for the next record! We’re playing a full-band release show at Mercury Lounge on November 19th.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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