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INTERVIEW: Peyton Gilliand

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

I’ve been great! Enjoying what’s left of summer.

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

“Drag Me Under” is about being taken advantage of over and over again and deciding that you’ve had enough. It’s about standing up for yourself in essence.

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

Well as most songs are now and days, it was written about a previous relationship. He kept me on the hook for a while and I decided to close that chapter.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m not entirely sure yet but most likely yes!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was amazing. I spent about two weeks on it recording for several hours a day and I got to miss two weeks of school so that was a bonus!

What was it like to work with Lincoln Parish and how did that relationship develop?

It was a dream come true. Cage the Elephant was the first band I ever fell in love with and it feels surreal to be able to call him a friend of mine or to have his contact in my phone. He started music at a very young age much like myself so we could relate to one another on that level.

How much did he get to influence the song?

When we came to home with the song it felt so different then what it feels like now. We gave it to him with bare bones and he gave it life.

Who are some artists that have influenced your writing?

Amy Winehouse is a huge one, Cage the Elephant obviously and of course Adele. That’s the short list, I could go on and on.

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

Yes, I have a whole EP I’m releasing called “Way Back”! It’s my biggest project to date and I couldn’t even happier with how it turned out.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

You can expect the next one in about two months and you’ll know the title sooner than later!

Any plans to hit the road?

Not any time soon but you never know what the future holds!

What else is happening next in Peyton Gilliland’s world?

I’ve really just been hanging out since we finished recording and I had the summer to myself which was so nice. But as summer is drawing to and end I’m scratching to get the next project up and going! We’ve talked a little bit on what it’ll be but nothing is set in stone yet.

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