Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hard To Breathe”?
Hard to Breathe is one of our favorite songs we have written. We came up with the idea on guitar in at a session in Miami and kept singing the words “I’m trying not to hurt nobody” over the progression. We never really noticed how many different ways you can interpret the song until we started playing live and everyone that we came across had different ideas of what the song was about; “I’m you trying not to hurt nobody (like are you angry?), I’m trying not to hurt nobody (like are you blaming yourself?), I’m trying not to hurt nobody (like are you guilty for something?).” This was then we really realized the underlying meaning of mental health in the story. We incorporated this message in our music video as much as possible because it is so important to recognize when people in your lives are toxic and when you should let go.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Not necessarily, but on a subconscious level. It was written in the early spring around the time where there had been many terrorist attacks in America and celebrities were also taking their lives which kind of sparked the dark nature of the song. Anxiety and depression seem to be the biggest issue we face in the social media age, especially with young teens and it is so important for these people to reconnect with themselves and understand what is important. No one should ever try and please someone who is ungrateful for your love and attention.
How was the recording and writing process?
The hook melody just come out immediately after we had guitar chords and shortly after humming, we had a full song! What’s really cool about it is that without second thought on the lyrics, the words and story had such deep meaning. It took a while for us to finish the track because we initially had a demo of the idea over a looped guitar, it wasn’t until several months later we had an amazing beat for the record. With our friend and producer Z3N on the track, our day spent coming up with the beat was actually intended to be for another song idea. It wasn’t until we started humming the acoustic version “I’m trying not to hurt nobody” we realized the song fit perfectly with the beat! Z3N made the beat and engineered the session all in his bedroom, so nothing too fancy.
How do you go on balancing your different influences and background into one?
Though Jake comes from a more urban-influenced pop genre and Nicole comes from a singer/songwriter, bluesy style, our influences aren’t actually too different! We both love alternative and pop music more than most. It’s more so the way our tones fit each other that makes it really interesting and is the essence of our sound. We also get a lot of comments about it when we play live, along with our chemistry during our performance and on-stage banter in between songs (all playful of course).
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
In a sense yes. If it’s collaborating with a producer we normally kick off the song with basic chords and a melody for the producer to use and then they take over from there. We have worked remotely with a couple people recently who just sent us beats that were awesome and we wrote over them. When writing with or for other people, we definitely want to help them tell their story while keeping the melody as catchy as possible. Both are very enjoyable and we’re lucky we get to write a lot with each other!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
We just released 7 songs in the past 2 months so we probably won’t release any new music until after the New Year. However, we will be on a couple of records in the next couple of months as features! We are always writing for our next project and we do have two really awesome songs that we may even like more than “Hard to Breathe”. We’re just giving this latest song some time to breathe (no pun intended).
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Titles yes… and we’ll give one as a spoiler, it’s called “Accepted” produced by our friend Stefan Accardo. Release dates, we’re hoping about Mid January depending on what’s going on around then!
Any plans to hit the road?
You bet! We have a show coming up in LA at Silverlake Lounge on December 5th and a little before that we are doing an amazing series called Sugar Shack Sessions in Bonita Springs, FL. It seems every week we get a new show date outside of our local area so stay posted on our upcoming events! We’re hoping to play Europe and some major festivals this Summer, that would be a dream come true!
What else is happening next in Our Fire’s world?
We just have some really awesome shows coming up and will be working with a couple of people in LA we’re excited about. And we’ll have a really big announcement very soon about a show date in December we just found out about today! Other than that we’ll just be working on new material and putting out as much content as possible. You can find us on Instagram and Twitter under @ourfiremusic or www.ourfiremusic.com .