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INTERVIEW: Meia

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

Hi VENTS! I’ve been quite busy preparing for my upcoming shows and some recordings for my new album.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Under The Sky Of Your Tough Love”?

It’s a song inspired by Motown Music. I wrote it when I just moved to NYC from Barcelona. While working on the song’s arrangements with the spanish producer of my last EP “Mulzien 25”, Dani Vega, he suggested to give it a 80’s pop music feel. I agreed to his proposal, I realized that this musical blend was an interesting way to potentiate the nostalgic but joyfulness spirit of the song.

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

I was talking with a friend about the tough life in the city. We ended up realizing that we were in love with the city. I was experiencing these love and hate feelings that mostly all the people in NYC share at some point.

It’s a song about my love affair with the city and with the ideals that have brought me here so far.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process was very intense. We worked for almost one month. We shot many scenes that finally were discarded as well as many locations we didn’t use. It was a long process with a really low budget. Film director, Albert Negrete, and I crafted this music video with lots of love and dedication otherwise it could have never happened. One of the things I was really obsessed with was the music video’s colors and lights… the general aspects related to the photography results. We spent many hours editing to get the different textures I had in mind. Albert is so talented and made everything easy.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was done between Premier Recording Studios (NYC) and Aclam Records (BCN). The producer and I worked from a distance. But we know each other well so that made the recording process easier and quite fast.

The writing process took me some time.

Every song requires a different approach. My way of writing songs is never exactly the same. Every song has its life, its genuine way of being born. Some are more demanding, some are more easy going. Some seem as they were already waiting to be written and others are full of shadows you have to elucidate.

“Under the Sky of Your Tough Love”  lyrics need a second listening if you want to have a wider understanding of it. I used a lot of symbols while writing the lyrics as to give it a deeper meaning.

How does your filmmaking background influences your music as a whole?

Well, it’s true that mostly every time I finish a song I already have a music video in mind or at least a clear aesthetic that goes with it.

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

I would love to collaborate more than I do. Since my teenager years at Conservatory and later on for many more years, I’ve been so worried about my own sound, my own songwriting, my own lyrics, my own symbols, my own aesthetic that sometimes I would like only to sing and forget about the rest. I really enjoy collaborating with musicians I admire, that allows me to be less over worried and enriches me as an artist offering me the chance to learn from other musical projects.

Speaking of approach – does it change when you are writing on English rather than Spanish and the other way around?

I’ve been listening to english lyrics since I was a child. Also I started learning english at a very early age. My interest in english language lead me to study a Degree in Translation at UAB (Spanish University) which I finally didn’t finish because I was accepted to start my Performing Arts Studies at Institut del Teatre (Theatre College).

I also studied Portuguese as a second language. I remember we had a super cool brazilian teacher that made the classes funny and moving.

My interest in speaking different languages has helped me to understand better the lyrics I sing and to be more capable of giving them the subtext and emotional touch they deserve.

What role does Barcelona play in your music?

Barcelona is my hometown. It is the place I’ve grown up as an artist and its emotional landscape is always with me.

How much of your vision was changed after you moved over to the states?

Moving to another country changes you. I can’t tell you how much it has changed me but for sure I’m feeling different from the person that arrived here some months ago. I think I’m discovering a new person, maybe a stronger one but this strength comes precisely from being more vulnerable than ever. It is kind of a paradoxical situation. But I guess any human’s personal evolution has to do with how to deal with the paradox.

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

Yes, I’m working on a new album. This new single is one of the compositions that are coming along.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Probably in fall/winter of this year.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have some upcoming performances in NYC on June.

What else is happening next in Meia’s world?

Music is happening, and I can’t wait for you to see what I am coming up with next!

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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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