Hey! Thanks for having me, I’ve been keeping busy and doing great!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “That Feeling”?
Yeah, I’m glad “That Feeling” is finally out! It’s a song about the importance of perspective and taking control of your feelings.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“That Feeling” is about my experiences leading up to graduating from audio production school & high school simultaneously. I had to be extremely focused and work a lot more than normal, but there are always times when you sort of mentally block yourself. In order to control “That Feeling” and not shut down, I can always count on making music.
How was the recording and writing process?
I came up with the synthesizer sound first, which is what everything was based around. I automated its filter, added a decent sustain, and kept it simple by using oscillators with square waves and a saw wave. I then added sounds around that, then when I finally added the guitar sound in the chorus, I knew that it was the “icing on the cake” sound. When I listened back to the mix, I was like yes! This is the sound! I then wrote down the lyrics that were on my mind as I simultaneously thought of melodies. The next day I recorded and mixed the demo.
What was it like to work with Alex Layne and how did that relationship develop?
I first met Alex at the legendary Record Plant in LA after finding out about his work with Marshmello, ZAYN, CHVRCHES, and many more talented artists. It was great working with him — he is a really nice person and his experience and knowledge of audio production is incredible!
How much did he get to influence the song?
Alex influenced the mixing aspects that really polished the song since when I brought the song to him, I had already finished writing and producing it. He recorded my vocals on a C24 microphone to fit the sound of my music since it was the microphone he used when he recorded CHVRCHES, he added plug-ins, and he cleaned up the mix.
What role does LA play in your music?
LA has inspired my recent music and my lifestyle — it is motivating to be able to navigate the music industry with my friends and meet so many like-minded and well-respected people in the industry on a regular basis.
How did you get to blend the nostalgia with the New Wave without falling into the gimmicky?
I created the blend of sounds by always having the mentality that I’d create whatever I wanted to listen to. After producing hundreds of songs and studying synthesizers in audio production school, I realized most of my songs were synth-heavy — I love the versatility of synthesizers, so I stuck with the sound. Also, while playing my demos for people, some would say that the sounds seemed familiar, and others would say that they sounded fresh; so, I described my fusion of 80’s-style synthesizers and new VST synthesizers by coining the term “newstalgic synth-pop.”
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I tend to pay more attention to details in the moment when collaborating with others, but when I’m writing and producing on my own, which is the case most of the time, I like to focus and constantly write, produce, and add together ideas until I’m satisfied, then adjust small details later once the song has been transferred from my mind to my DAW.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yeah! I’m releasing another song in the next few months that I recently finished. I’m excited to get it out into the world; it’s a really fun song and the chorus is addictive.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yeah! I’ll release my next song this Summer and the song title will be released on my Instagram @seraphamusic a few weeks before the single is released.
What else is happening next in Serapha’s world?
As always, I’ll be creating music, but this Summer I’m looking forward to being creative in many ways — I plan on painting and going to the beach or painting while at the beach!