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INTERVIEW: Cally Rhodes

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

Thanks, I’ve been well. I’m feeling creative and excited about music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summer of My Life”?

It’s a playful and melodic pop song with a very intentional summery sound. I felt like it was important to write a song that captures my love of summer! I’m actually a pretty seasonal person and I’ve always found that summer brings out the best in me.

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

Throughout my past releases, my listeners have fed back to me that my music has this sort of tropical vibe. I used this feedback to dig deeper into my summer memories and feelings and created a narrative and style around that. My music is always loosely based on my own life. It makes the writing process more organic and truthful and I feel happy opening up about my own experiences.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There’s an official audio video on YouTube now! ‘The Vibe Guide’ are also releasing an awesome lyric video for the song soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a little different to my regular writing process. I usually write my songs at the piano and take them to the Studio as completed songs with production ideas in mind. This song was created in a different way where Si put down production ideas first. I then wrote the Lyrics and melody in the studio using the production beat and vibe to shape my ideas.

What was it like to work with Si Hulbert and how did that relationship develop?

Si is talented, kind and honest. He’s been successful in the music industry for a long time and has worked with some incredible artists such as Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne. He constantly offers me priceless advice which I appreciate. We’ve made some great demos together over the past few months and we chose to release this song first.

How much did he get to influence the song?

He created the sound palette which will have hugely affected what I was able to write over the top. For example if the mood was different that day, he could have laid down other chords and production. I knew, going into the studio, I wanted to make a summer song! It was the middle of January when we wrote this and I was mentally trying to escape cold London weather!

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

I’m cautious about who I write with as music is still art but when I respect a musician, I’m always mindful and completely open to their ideas.

After the massive reception from your past summer anthem “System” – were you nervous or feel under pressure as you were putting together this new single?

I’m always nervous and excited when releasing new songs. The main thing I’ve learnt is you have to love the music you’re releasing or how can you expect anyone else to love it?

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

I’m not going anywhere because I love writing and singing so you can still expect to hear new music from me when I’m 90!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, but right now I plead the fifth!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll be singing at Dartford festival 12th July.

What else is happening next in Cally Rhodes’ world?

I can honestly say the original music will be continuing with a vengeance!

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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