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INTERVIEW: Megan Steinke

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

I’m doing well, got lots going on in life and music! Constantly working on something. Thanks so much.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everywhere You Go”?

I wrote “Everywhere You Go” to intentionally be a feel-good, happy tune about enjoying life in the moment. I know that a lot of artists (including myself) get caught up in the idea of trying to “make it big,” but I wanted to remind myself that I’m already fortunate where I am. Right now at this point in my life, I’ve already “made it” in so many ways and I need to be thankful for that.  

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

The feel and musicality of this song is definitely inspired by one of my favorite artists Corinne Bailey Rae. I love her song “Butterfly,” especially the chorus. One day I was listening to that song, and I started coming up with a melody of my own. I wanted to make a song with the upbeat and popular nature of songs like that one and “Put You Records On” (Corinne Bailey Rae), so that’s where the feel came from. As for the lyrics, they’re more specific to the concept of enjoying life as it is right now, instead of getting stuck thinking about the future and what’s going to happen. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! In fact I have been working with my friend Nicholas Domaguing in San Jose for an amazing upcoming video. I’m thinking of putting it out shortly after the rest of the album comes out in early February this year.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was very DIY, as I like to do a lot of things myself. I have a small recording setup in my room where I record guitar and vocals, so I mainly just record and edit until I’m happy with the song. I’ve been sending my new songs over to John McLucas for mixing/mastering, so that’s been a dream. I also did the recordings of live brass with a smaller setup, and then brought in my friend Max Davis to record drums at an actual studio. As for writing, it definitely started with the chords and melody, and then the lyrics came after. 

What role does California play in your music?

I feel like here in California there’s definitely a culture of freedom and dreaming big. I also feel like there’s a huge pressure to be successful (especially growing up in the Bay Area), so in this song I wanted to get back to being thankful, being free, and remembering that I’m blessed in this life. CA is always kind of a sunny place anyways, so I feel like a lot of my music reflects that relaxed feel.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else rather than working on your own?

Not really. I mean with other people’s songs there are already lyrics, but I definitely try to make it my own style regardless. I always try to do something with the chords or the melody in other peoples’ songs when I’m covering them just to make it interesting and to point people towards my own music.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes indeed! So “Everywhere You Go” is the second single from my upcoming album “Another Side” (Feb 2019), which I’m stoked about. I’ve been sitting on the final masters of the album, so I can’t wait for everyone to hear soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The album is coming out in Feb 2019 (ETA February 1st), and it’s called “Another Side” after the single I put out in October 2018.

Any plans to hit the road?

No specific plans yet, although I really want to tour around a little (if possible) come summer. For now I’ll just be performing around San Luis Obispo (where I go to school).

What else is happening next in Megan Steinke’s world?

I’m graduating in June (I study Graphic Communication, another creative outlet that I use a lot with my music). I’m not sure what the future holds for me after that, but I’m hoping to focus a bit more on my music. I’ve already been writing more new stuff for a future EP or singles, so I’m for sure getting ahead of myself.

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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