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INTERVIEW: Coyote Eyes

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

Hi! Thank you so much for having me! And really good, doing interviews is one of those “pinch me” moments.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Looking For God (I AM SNOW ANGEL MIX)”?

Absolutely! “Looking for God” is perhaps my most personal song – ever – it’s very dear to me and I hope it resonates with other people. It centers around our fundamental need for connection which can drive us to search for goodness in the darkest of places.

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

This song was inspired by my time living in LA. It was simultaneously the most beautiful and the most destructive place I’d ever experienced; holy and damned all in one.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! The video will be out April 23rd. I teamed up 14th & B, and all female-run production company, to create the story of an addict who gets pushed over the edge when a budding romance takes a dark turn. It can be hard to watch at times, but I believe it’s an important story to tell.

How was the recording and writing process?

So this is one of those cases where you never really know just how much work goes on behind the scenes, and I’m grateful for every single step of this journey. If you can believe it, I wrote the lyrics to “Looking for God” nearly 8 years ago. I literally pulled off the highway in tears and wrote the whole thing in one fell swoop. Then I teamed up with songwriters Andrew Dixon and Allison Kaplan. Not only are they brilliant, but they just get me; Andrew is actually a friend from childhood and has supported me from day one. You can hear that deeply personal connection in the song.

Then I was introduced to producer Mario J. McNulty, who’s a bit of a legend. He’s worked with David Bowie, Philip Glass, Nine Inch Nails, the list goes on. Mario brought Looking for God to life. It was recorded at Germano and Avatar Studios (now Power Station), with David Torn and Dave Eggar, iconic musicians I cannot believe I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Mario has become a very important mentor and friend and I owe him so much.

Oh boy, this is getting long – I told you it was a process! So “Looking for God” got shelved – sometimes in this business, that’s what happens. I’ve heard so many “no’s” I can’t even begin to tell you. But I also have always known that this is my song. I’ve never once doubted it. Not once. My current producer, I AM SNOW ANGEL, and I talked about a remix. It was the perfect way to resurrect “Looking for God”. The initial response has been overwhelming! But don’t worry, the original mix will be available in the near future as well, hopefully as part of a deluxe single with several different remixes.

Needless to say, releasing this song is one of the most important thing I’ll ever do.

What role does NYC play in your music?

“Looking for God” is patently about Los Angeles, but the original track, remix, and video were all fully produced in New York. Though much of my music is about my time spent in LA, it is also about my experience as a New Yorker living in LA. No matter where I am or what I’m writing about, New York runs through my veins. New York is my wife, LA my mistress.

How did you approach a somewhat dark topic and bring some light (literally and figuratively) on it?

Great question. So here’s the thing: at it’s core, addiction is not about the drugs, the booze, the sex, whatever. It’s about loneliness, the need to be loved, the need to be liked, the need to feel a part of something greater. I feel like those are the things often glossed over or missed entirely when talking about addiction. We know what it does to the body, we know what it does to the mind, but what does it do to the soul? I wanted to give a compassionate view into the spiritual toll addiction takes.

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

Yes! Looking for God is the first installation in a three-part series about social consciousness surrounding addiction, mental health, and sexual assault. I’ve also got an EP of original material in the works.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Top of the World (Part 2) is dropping May 10th, with the video premiering on May 28th. Look for Monster (Part 3) over the summer and my debut EP, Love in the time of Melancholia, this fall. So much Coyote coming your way!

Any plans to hit the road?

My goal is to open for a more established artist on tour within the next year. I think it’s one of the best things any emerging artist can do. Find who you like, whose message you believe in, whose footsteps you’d like to follow in, and learn from them. To me, opening is an extension of mentorship. And mentorship is the most important thing in the world.

What else is happening in Coyote Eyes’ world?

My next show is April 30th at Rockwood Stage 3 at 7pm. Such a great space. Somehow whenever I’m in Stage 3 my set becomes half tear-jerking emotional music, half stand up comedy. But I’ll be debuting new music, which I’m just so excited about. Hoping to see a lot of new – and familiar – faces!

Listen to “Looking For God Here”: https://soundcloud.com/iamcoyoteeyes/looking-for-god-i-am-snow-angel-mix/s-87j4S

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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