Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A New Dawn”?
A New Dawn is definitely one of the tracks on my album which I had the most fun creating. I got inspired by Far Too Loud and Pegboard Nerds quite a bit to create the drop and the sound design. I also enjoyed working with a friend of mine named Peter Moorhead, who played guitar on a lot of the tune.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes, so a couple of years ago, I went through a low point in my life, and that affected my ability to enjoy making music quite a lot. Although I still loved making music, the thrill and excitement whilst making it wasn’t quite as it used to be. However, in early 2018, whilst writing this song I had broken completely free of the low point, and felt more excited about music than I ever had before, therefore I named it ‘A New Dawn’, to signify the start of a new exciting era for myself, and my music.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not for A New Dawn, no. It doesn’t lend itself enough to live performance for me to justify making a live video for it and also a music video isn’t planned for it.
The single comes off your new album Uprising – what’s the story behind the title?
The story behind it is within the last two years of my life, and how I managed to get myself back on my feet and completely recover from a time in my life that I would say was my lowest point. Uprising signifies the journey I went through to get to where I am now.
How was the recording and writing process?
Everything was written and recorded in my bedroom on FL Studio, all over the last two years, some this year, others a whole year before. I write material all the time, every day. But I only ever use the best ideas I come up with, so each song you hear on the album is the best thing I could come up with over the past couple of years.
What role does the UK play in your music?
I’m a big fan of all British Labels, such as Never Say Die, and Circus Records. There are a lot of amazing producers from the UK that inspire me, and some that I am lucky enough to have met and be friends with.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
When I’m collaborating with someone else I always have to be aware that our music tastes and preferences will always differ. There is nearly always something we will disagree on, so it’s just about having an open mind and coming to an agreement with the other person about which direction the track should go in. Collaborating with someone else can be a little restricting to your own ideas in that sense, but it’s also great because you get the input of another creative mind who will help guide the track to a place where it wouldn’t have gone if it was just you working on it by yourself.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find inspiration for most songs from hearing melodies in my head, or just improvising and thinking of something on the spot. For lyrics, When I write lyrics nowadays they all come from life experiences and how I’m feeling at the time. My song ‘State Of Mind’ features lyrics which really mean a lot to me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Going on tour has been a dream since I started making music. I hope that dream becomes a reality as soon as possible. Going on tour next year sometime would be perfect for me, I just have to keep working my socks off and hopefully it’ll happen!
What else is happening next in Teminite’s world?
After the album release, expect lots more music on its way. 2019 will be a year filled with live performance focused tracks with videos to go along with them!