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INTERVIEW: Sasha Hromyk

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

I’ve been great! Thanks for the interview opportunity. I love sharing the creative process.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell Me”?

 “Tell Me” is a ballad that is close to my heart.  It’s a song of questions and needing assurance. It was written with a dual perspective in mind. One side could be speaking about a romantic relationship while the other could be talking to God. It was important for me to  have that factor in this song as prayer is part of my daily life.

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

“Tell Me” was written during a season of reflection. I was looking at my life and how it wouldn’t stop moving. Everything was changing. Everything was becoming different.  Friends were getting married and having kids. Others were moving away and starting a new life.  I was still in the same spot I’d been in. Things were changing for others but not so much for me. Mine was more of a gradual process until I realized I had decisions to make for myself. Decisions that would carry me to the next phase of life. The opening line of  “standing here at a crossroads” was true to my then current situation. I had to find what was next. “Where should I go from here?”.  I was feeling a lot of pressure coming off of my first EP to create more content. In fact, pressure seemed to be a dominating force. The culture around me was telling me I wasn’t enough. Why aren’t I farther along in life? Why aren’t I married yet? Why this, why that?  “You should be this, you should want that. As a man you should x, y, z”. It was all so overwhelming. I just wanted someone to tell me it was all ok. That I was doing alright for the season I was in. I didn’t want to rush new material but I did want to tell a story that was raw and relatable.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There definitely are.  It’s just a matter of finding the right people to work with on the project.

How was the recording and writing process?

We started writing the song over a year ago. My good friend and fellow artist Jordan Marcotte of SECONDCHANCE Duo reached out to me with a hook.  He sensed I was frustrated with the process of creating.  I didn’t know how to verbalize my thoughts or get out what I really wanted to say.  When he played me the hook I immediately felt connected to it. We brought along another friend and writer, Lauren Scott, who took the song to another level. We worked for months over the phone, as all three of us lived in different states.  Welcome to the 21st Century right? We finally got to a place where we felt the song was ready.

After that, I flew to Kansas City, MO to record.  It was the middle of February and VERY cold. I was staying downtown by the Crossroads (oddly enough) and was introduced to a producer named Judah Earl. He had worked with SECONDCHANCE on their previous single and did amazing work. We spent the week in the studio along with Marcotte  until we were all happy with the sound. It was a great team effort and I’m so thankful for all of them. We created something I’m so proud of and excited to share.

What role does San Francisco play in your music?

I was born and raised in the Bay Area (San Mateo to be exact), so San Francisco definitely shaped my creativity.  I would say its appeal stretches beyond music for me.  It’s a city that carries a ton of history and intrigue.  The Bay has also produced some great artists whose music I admire – Marc E. Bassy, Keyshia Cole, Kehlani, etc.

How have Boyz II Men and Brandy influenced your writing?

Listening to their music influenced the structure of  songs I wanted to write. Start soft, gradually build up, go all in, break down, and finish strong. For me, the vocals had to dominate the track rather than have production take the lead. If you listen to the great ballads from the 90s many of them did just that. Mariah, Whitney, Brian McKnight – they have delivered some of the greatest songs ever written.  In addition to writing, their vocal style helped me find my own voice. For Boyz II Men it was their tight harmony placement.  With Brandy it was her runs, her rasp, her pure vocal insanity.  You can hear her growth between her “Never Say Never” and “Full Moon” albums. Both of which I love and still listen to today.

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

New material is constantly being written.  I’ve had songs stored away for awhile that I want to bring to the light.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

That would be determined by the body of work to be released.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m currently working on gig material so it is always a possibility.

What else is happening next in Sasha Hromyk’slife?

I recently returned from LA and have plans to go back.  Hopefully the wait won’t be too long.

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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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