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INTERVIEW: Terez

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

Hello, thank you for having me. I’ve been amazing! It’s been an exciting time in my life as I release my first original music. This release has broken ground in my own life, forcing me to grow as both a human and an artist.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “La. La. La.”?

La. La. La. is a song that people can dance to or cry to. The lyrics are honest and raw, which captures the feelings that many of us feel after a relationship ends – that hopeless, will I ever love again, and what even is love kind of feeling. The production touches on pop elements while bringing in elements of R&B.

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

I was going through a breakup when I wrote La. La. La. and was in rough shape. Initially, I was writing the song just to get it out on paper and off of my brain. After showing the song to a few friends, I realized that this wasn’t just a feeling that I’ve felt, but many people have experienced.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There might be a little something-something coming!

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote this song sitting at my piano in an empty house, which allowed me to pour my heart out and not be afraid to say things like “I’m such a creep.” I doubt I would’ve thrown out that line if I were writing the song with anyone else because it’s so honest and embarrassing to admit. The song nearly built itself and came to life in less than an hour. Writing this song was cathartic and helped me through a painful time, and I hope it can do that for others as well.

The recording process was so much fun and truly made me fall in love with being in the studio.  My producers at Blind Tiger were so collaborative and phenomenal in pushing me further throughout the recording process.

What role does Calgary play in your music?

Being from Alberta, I initially started writing country music for myself and other artists. I found that country music wasn’t authentic to me, which is when I turned to pop music. But, writing country music really shaped me as a songwriter since it allowed me to pull in elements of storytelling that country music has but is rarely seen in pop. If I wasn’t from Alberta, I’m not sure if I would’ve gotten into country music and I’m sure my writing style would be quite different if that were the case.     

I was born and raised in Calgary, and this city has undoubtedly shaped my music in more ways than I’ll ever know. A big part of the team behind me is based in Calgary, along with many of my family and friends. So Calgary has always felt like home and a safe place I can come when I need my people.

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

Yes and no, different writers have different processes, so every collaborative writing session is unique. Collaborating with others keeps you on your toes because it’s rarely the same experience from one writer to another. My friends and I joke that I’m a “spaghetti writer,” meaning that I’ll keep throwing out lines and melodies until something sticks. I’m really fortunate to have a group of writers I work with that compliment that approach. We can all be completely honest with one another and throw out anything that comes to mind, which often makes the writing room feel electric.

With such a large audience waiting to hear your music – do you feel any pressure when putting together a new material or rather the opposite?

Yes, I definitely felt pressure choosing the songs, and even sometimes when writing the songs that pressure creeps in. But ultimately I would rather write and release songs that I love and feel proud of then trying to follow what’s popular or people are most likely to like. The people I surround myself with really keep me in check about that to ensure my opinion is truly mine and isn’t swayed by pressure or fear.

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

Yes! I’m getting back into the studio within the next couple weeks to record my second single, and am SO excited to do so. I love the songs I’m working on and am excited to show different sides of myself as a writer, artist, and human.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Shhh… Secrets!

Any plans to hit the road?

I have some plans in the works to hit the road but no dates I can give out just yet. I’m eager to meet my fans, they have been so loving and supportive, and I would love to visit their cities.

What else is happening next in Terez’s world?

I’ve been travelling a lot this year and have many more trips planned. I have the worst travel bug, and I can’t seem to stay in one place for long. Other than that, just making music and doing what I love!

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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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