I’ve been up to my usual shenanigans, with lots of creativity and pushing off homework to write about what I really want to.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “This Place”?
My new single is dark and eerie, unlike my other songs from this year. It was a risk to try out a different sound after my pop and acoustic records received such a positive response. “This Place” is much more “me,” and its experimental elements can be found in my future content.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
“This Place” is a reminder of the flawed parts of society we exist in. I spent time processing everything I had observed, both in my small town and across the country and created a vivid scene for the listener. People may find themselves traveling to “this place,” only to realize that they are already living within this violent and shit-talking world. But it might just be the twisted thoughts in my head.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’ve created different treatments and visual ideas for the song, and it would be cool to see “This Place” come to life whether in a music video form or another kind of visual art.
How was the recording and writing process?
I worked carefully on the lyrics and production so that people can hear the song and be immersed in the visuals and feelings involved here. Up until a few weeks before the release, I was at my computer making changes to the song. On the verses, some of those crashes or weird background noises weren’t there. This song needed that kind of special attention to fulfill its purpose.
What role does Boston play in your music?
Growing up right outside of Boston, I’ve always kept the city in mind. Back in 2014, a year after the Boston Marathon bombing, I released a song about the tragic events that had occurred titled “Heard It At Sunset.” We have a certain level of pride and support for each other here, and I wanted that love to shine through in that song. My friends and I will take the train and explore the city. We go to concerts, sports games, and rallies, and I store these memories fondly.
How Britney Spears has influence your writing?
Britney Spears hasn’t influenced my writing, although I watched her growing up and remember falling in love with her “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video as a kid. Her music director, Marc Delcore, has been an amazing friend and mentor. I’ve learned so much from him about music production and putting together a Staples-Center-level show, even if you’re performing at the local venue down the street.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m a music machine, always writing and producing new content. Funny enough, I just wrote a song at the piano before this interview so I’m feeling extra inspired. Having full creative control over my songs gives me the freedom to release new material. I think you can expect a lot in the future.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The next song is called “The Inside,” but, for now, I’ll let people be in “This Place.”
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m hoping to take my show travel to a number of cities next year.
What else is happening next in Angelo David’s world?
I’d like to be a teen for others teens. My generation needs assurance that it’s okay to be a rebel, be free, be sad, be different, and be yourself. I can be that energy source.