Hi Yasmin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, thank so much for having me ! I’ve been good thank you. How have you been ?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Come A Little Closer”?
Yes defo, come a little closer is about knowing a relationship is coming to an end. It’s about a good relationship, which I think is actually harder to let go of , it’s much easier to move on if you hate someone! (I mean it’s never easy when a relationship comes to and end anyway, but it’s easier to move on when they’ve done something wrong or there’s bad feelings there etc.) But yeah – this is about a relationship that just doesn’t work. It’s at the stage where you’ve tried so much, but it’s okay, just remember it’s better to have loved and lost than to never love at all, cherish all the good times and accept it’s time to say goodbye. It’s that nostalgic feeling that reminds us we will always have the memories if we want them, a piece of that love will stay for as long you want to remember.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My life aha ! I was basically in this exact situation and I couldn’t make sense of what was happening, nobody cheated nobody was horrible, it was just a relationship that at the time didn’t work no matter how much we loved each other. It was very hard to accept, we had been trying for so long but it just wasn’t working, so I wrote this song to express myself and make sense of it all
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! The video’s out right now. It was filmed in the beautiful city of Barcelona, and I took my mum along for the ride aha! I was filming from 10pm -11am the next day, I was literally a walking zombie by the end of filming. But it was so much fun and the team were amazing.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process involved me and my friend Elizabeth Mac, who’s an amazing songwriter. We were given a beat to work with and we were just talking about what was going on in our lives then come a little closer was born. The recording process was hard, there were about 4 different recordings of this song. The emotion had to be right you know, something just wasn’t clicking so I added more falsetto parts where I felt and then it clicked. Falestoo gives that breathy emotional feeling, tbh the final take I really put myself back in the head space of when I wrote it closed my eyes and sung how I felt and it worked, I think so many times you can try to get a perfect take but technicality doesn’t mean emotion and it was a real learning curve for me.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I actually prefer to write with somebody else than to write by myself. I feel I have so much to say sometimes it gets jumbled and it really helps me to have other people in a session with me, to bounce my ideas and thoughts off, in the same way therapy helps people, in talking it out. When I talk to other songwriters in the session, something special is created and the song created helps me to make sense of my feelings. Sometimes producers play chords and I write down anything that comes into mind whether it be words , phrases, colours anything without thinking then 9 out of 10 times there is some kind of concept and that’s usually how I’m feeling or what I’m trying to make sense of. I find it much easier to communicate my real feelings through a song.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does indeed and I’m so excited to release my next single and the video for it. It’s all in the works atm, I’m working with some extremely talented creatives and I’m just so excited to share it with the world. At the moment I’m just getting in more and more writing sessions to create more songs and just really enjoying the process of creating and developing, I love it when your vision comes to life.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
‘Rules’ and potentially May.
What aspect of relationships and feminism will you be diving into moving on?
Relationships have and always will be a massive influence in my writing. The majority of my songs have been drawn from personal experience to date, and as a direct result of how I have felt at the moment in time, It’s a form of release.
Equality is the most important fundamental belief of mine.
My single ‘ cute you think that ‘is my stance on feminism. The concept for the song is drawn from the stigma surrounding the way women are perceived, that we to dress to impress men.
“Society needs to modernise its views and appreciate We dress for ourselves and do what makes us feel good, for our own personal appreciation. We are not looking for the unwanted attention that is so commonly received .
This applies not only to women though, it applies to anybody that dresses a certain way to feel comfortable in themselves. Society has ingrained it in us people dress up for attention when really the majority of the time people wear what they wear for themselves because they feel good in it. For example if a man wants to wear a dress or glitter why can’t they without being judged you know, it’s the same thing. I’ve gone off on tangent but yeah thats my stance on equality and feminism.
I think what amazes me is in 2019, feminist campaigns still have to exist, it’s like we celebrated women getting the vote 100 years ago, why should men get more money for the same job I just can’t understand how anyone thinks that’s justifiable , it makes no sense and everybody needs to change that
My stance on equality is not limited to sexism or to humans, but for animals as well. We are all created equal, I don’t think humans have the right to exploit their position amongst all life and to hunt and take the lives of other creatures. I feel really strongly about that.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes I am currently working out a mini UK tour and festivals etc so watch this space :).
What else is happening next in Yasmin Jane’s world?