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INTERVIEW: Skela

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Hi Skela, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for having me! My brain feels like mush, but I’m ok with it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Holy”?

Yes, so ‘Holy’ is basically about me feeling like a Goddess and a divine feminine creature. I obviously don’t always feel that way, but every time I listen to the song, it ignites that same emotion for me.

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

Well there’s a lot of religious imagery in the lyrics and also a chant feel to the chorus. I went to Catholic school up until college so I definitely pulled from my knowledge about religious practices and symbols, but the song is NOT about religion.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a really, really tough day actually. I ended up getting fired from a job I was working the day we filmed the music video. And there was no AC in this really small apartment so it was actually one of the toughest days of filming for me, emotionally and physically.

The single comes off your new album Project 10 – how do you come up with the idea for a visual album?

Whenever I write a song, it’s attached to a little movie playing in my head. Oddly enough, music is a very visual thing for me. I have an overactive imagination and bad habit of biting off more than I can chew. I wanted to make something memorable both sonically and visually. It was really hard though. I’m sitting here right now a little in shock we pulled it off with the little resources we did have.

Was this always meant to be the way to go or did you initially have a different concept in mind for this record?

My concept for the record was putting out honest music that was actually about my life. I know that seems like a simple concept, but life is not simple and making this project was not simple. It turned out exactly the way it should have.

So do you approach this record as a sort of a short film or film rather than an album or was there like some sort of “translation” process?

It’s definitely not an album or a short film. I don’t know what to call it exactly. It’s a project that has different pieces that work in tandem, can live independently, but definitely belong together.

What’s the story behind the title?

It’s called Project 10 because it’s a countdown. It’s me building up to my next big project.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well it took place over the course of a year of my life. Some songs started off as poems on my phone, one was written in the back of a taxi, one was about a long distance relationship I had, a few are about my depression. Making each one was very special to me, very cathartic.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Oh definitely. When I’m writing songs by myself, I’m in my bedroom basically crying so you know, I try not to do that when there are other people in the room.

What role does NYC play in your music?

Everything and nothing. I’m from NYC and it’s the kind of place that leaves an imprint on you, but every hometown does that I think. I’m not writing about NYC like a safe haven I fled to, I’m writing about it because it’s home and where everything happened.

How does frustration serve as a great source of inspiration for this record?

At any given time, if you come up to me and ask me why I’m angry, I will erupt into a fiery tangent of all that is wrong with the world. Frustration is fuel for change. I know that, but even then, I’m still pissed off about it. I have a lot to say.

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

Books.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! This February and March, I have my first shows of 2019 as part of The Project 10 Tour. I’ll be playing in Brooklyn at Rough Trade on February 9; Schubas in Chicago on February 16; and at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles on March 2. I’m stoked! You should come! I think it’ll be fun and tickets are available now!

What else is happening next in Skela’s world?

New music, new visuals, new everything. More, more, more. Create to share, create to release, and create to keep going.

Watch Lead Single “Heartbreak & Liquor” HEREhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX9Mfu5aoBg&t=0s&index=2&list=PLp0BoNVhai3BJQyMe7hG1qYllzhrtH7_j

About RJ Frometa

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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