I’ve been good. Booking less shows and really giving myself a chance to create and be an artist. I’m about to release a book in January or February so that is also on the horizon.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rise”?
It’s a call to action. After all the chaos and divisions on both sides of the fence I wanted a powerful song that spoke in a compassionate yet strong way.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes. The presidential election and how we as a country seem to be dividing more than ever.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was powerful. The song really fell out of me fast. The recording and mixing was done by Jeff Berkley. He (lead guitar), Jeff Johnson (bass), Josh Hermsmeier (Drums) and I (Electric Guitar and Vocals) did the take live. The beginning of the song is a loop I put together to play when I wasn’t with the band. Jeff thought it would be a great idea to kick it up a notch and have the band come through out of nowhere while the loop was in the distance. I remember I had a heavy hot feeling in my chest when we were playing. It was loud and intense. I put that moment and feeling of power in my memory bank.
How was the video recording process?
It went quick. We did it all in one day. The venue we booked ended up not working out and we had about 12 hours to find a new venue. My friend Katie choreographed the whole thing. She is a fan-turned friend. Jaymee Carvajal, who works for Tony Robbins, and also happens to be a great friend, was the videographer. She used a handheld and danced around with the dancers.
What role does San Diego play in your music?
San Diego gave me a different perspective. I’m more open and understanding and I owe that to the beauty and people here. All of my local musician friends have inspired me to write in different ways.
And growing up in Colorado?
I grew up on a farm in Byers, Colorado. I planted my feet and my musical roots there. My mother was the most influential person in my life growing up. She heavily influenced the way I play piano. She gave me the gift of touch. My father introduced me to my first guitar at the age of 17. He is the reason I started playing guitar.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material? If so, how’s that coming along?
Oh yes. I have 20 more songs recorded and mixed. They are in the process of being mastered. 11 of those songs will be on an album called, “Her.” It is a set of love songs I have written in the past about all the girlfriends I have had over the course of 11 years. I’m not sure when I will be releasing them. The other 9 songs will be released as singles over the next few years.
Will you keep diving into the themes of human rights and society on this new material or rather exploring new themes?
Absolutely. I want to make a difference with my music. Not just to dance to, but to inspire with. My other theme that I will keep in my heart and songs is Bipolar 1. I was diagnosed in 2008 and see it as a mission to educate on it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Sometime next year I will be going on a solo tour. Most likely in the summer.
What else is happening next in Veronica May’s world?
The book release! It is called “Open Book” and details my 3 manic episodes from my perspective, the perspective of my friends and family, and my mental health team. Columbia University wrote a play inspired by it and I hope to bring it to San Diego. The play is a musical that includes my songs.