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INTERVIEW: Sydney Wright

How have you been?

I’ve been really well! I got knocked off a scooter in a hit and run this summer, and I got the all-clear that my broken bones are all-mostly healed this week! It’s been nice to be able to do yoga and make gains in my atrophied muscles so I’m feeling hella strong lately.

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

Its a single from my first album, ‘Seiche’(saysh)! It’s a doo wop song about going out with friends and connection. In the studio, my producers and I based the background vocals on my live loop arrangement. The doo-wops were inspired by that 50s song ‘Come Softly’ by the Fleetwoods.

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

Not in particular. Many recurring events built the story. For instance, the lines about dealing with thirsty dudes in bars or taking a selfie with your friends:)

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not yet, but that could easily change. I’ve always wanted to film a party scene with friends and fun costumes, and this would be the perfect opportunity.

The single comes off your new album Seiche – what’s the story behind the title?

Seiche is a French word meaning ‘to sway back and forth’. Hydrologists use it to describe a surfing wave on top of a lake. They’re unnatural under normal conditions, and they’re caused by violent, sudden changes in atmospheric pressure or seismic activity. It forces the water to slosh back and forth to regain equilibrium. The title-track is about transcendence which speaks to the adapting, sloshing water imagery significantly. In fact, the choice of title almost seems prophetic in regards to my recent trauma and recovery. I chose the title in January, and the transcending theme could not have hit closer to home by the time we released the album in November.

How was the recording and writing process?

I got to record this song at Sonic Ranch near El Paso with international producer/engineers, Stefano Vieni and Alex Ponce. The process for this song and all the others on the album was really fun. I was fortunate to land on producers that worked very quickly and were endlessly supportive of my ideas and the original live loop arrangements. They were exactly who I needed to team up with for my debut album.

What role does Austin play in your music?

Austin is my home base. It’s my launchpad. The community does their best to support musicians and that isn’t the case everywhere. I feel loved and supported here.

How tragedy has serve as a source of inspiration for your music?

TBH, it hasn’t yet. I’ve been fortunate enough to live most of my life void of significant physical, mental, or emotional trauma until recently. This year, I broke my first bone(s), had my leg rebuilt, and learned to walk again while I stayed the course to release my first album. Apart from the physical, accepting myself as a victim and learning to cope with post-traumatic emotions and stress felt like a level up in many ways. My forthcoming songs about tragedy will be filled with themes of anger, gratitude, perseverance, and fierce strength. So I’m working on it. Or through it.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Reading and listening. I think the only way to express and release art is by consuming it.

Any plans to hit the road?

YES! I’m touring with my new album next year after SXSW when the weather warms:)

What else is happening next in Sydney Wright’s world?

I’m planning solo tours and production for the next singles. I’m going to spend this winter bolstering my Patreon feed as well so I can connect to and cultivate my relationship with my listeners(www.patreon.com/sydneywright) I probably won’t throw down for a whole album again as an independent artist. $ingles are where it’s at!

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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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