Pleasure to be here. A bit sunburned at the moment but it’s all part of the summer welcoming!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “2002”?
Absolutely. This song has been a long time coming and I’ve never been more excited about a release. Beyond just being a cool groove, the melodies are fun and the lyrics emote this quirky balance of happiness and wistfulness that I think listeners will really connect to.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I love listening to songs from different eras of my life. They have this cool way of transporting you back to those times, kind of like flipping through a book of old pictures. I recently found myself deep down the rabbit hole of listening to some older bands from my youth (Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Blink-182) and got the idea to write about the nostalgia from looking through old pictures or cueing up an old mixtape.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have this really cool PCH sunset animation coming out soon with the song. No plans have been solidified for an official video yet but I have some really fun video ideas for this song and definitely hope to get one made soon. Stay tuned!
What made you want to tackle on this particular year?
2002 is the year I got my drivers license and, as a youth, felt the sweet breeze of freedom whipping in my face for the first time. I remember leaving school early on my 16th birthday to take my drivers test. I wanted that thing bad and wasted ZERO time getting it!
How was the recording and writing process?
This song in particular is unique to my catalog in that it’s the first song I wrote for this project. While experimenting with soundscapes and building the universe for Tae & the Wave, I found the groove you hear in “2002.” It took me another year though before I settled on the perfect lyrics & melody. Once I had all the pieces, I made a demo and shared it with some music friends, Jerry DePizzo (OAR) and Nick D’Andrea (Doc Robinson) who provided some great feedback and paired me with mixing engineer, Glenn Davis, out of Columbus, Ohio. Glenn took the demo I made and mixed it to a whole new level in a couple weeks time. He was the perfect fit for this song and will definitely be a big part of future Tae releases.
What role does LA play in your music?
It plays a huge role. I grew up in Ohio so California has always been the dreamland for me. I’ve lived here for 10 years this June. There’s so much diversity here it really opens your mind and allows you to connect with people from all walks of life. The city of LA is bursting with creativity and this enigmatic pulse that drives you to really pursue your passion, take big risks and then rewards you for doing so. Obviously the weather is amazing too and I live in a pool house, so that’s probably why most of my music has this chill, sun-kissed beach vibe to it.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, there are about seven songs I’ve written that I think, together, signifies the genesis of Tae & the Wave. I’ve released four of them already, “2002” is number five, and there are two more to come. I hope to have those out by the end of the year and then tie a bow around these seven songs to release as an EP. Meanwhile, I’ve already began to experiment with some new soundscapes and ideas for the next evolution of Tae’s music, which is always fun to explore as a growing artist.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Tentatively the target is end of August for the next release.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we are working on some national dates for the fall. The live show is our number one most favorite part of all of this. We want to travel, explore, play the big shows and little shows, meet people, play all the festivals…all of it.
What else is happening next in Tae & The Wave’s world?
We’re excited to be part of a fundraiser meets music festival this September in Columbus, Ohio. It’s called the A&F Challenge and we’ll be playing alongside Galantis, Misterwives, Arizona and more. Until then, you’ll probably find me balancing on a paddleboard somewhere or floating around belly-up in the ocean : )