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INTERVIEW: Megan Steinke

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

Thank you!! Life is good, making new music every day and loving it 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your song “Everywhere You Go”?

I love this song because it reminds me of one of my inspirations, Corinne Bailey Rae. Her musicality inspired the happy, easy feeling of the song. The lyrics were inspired by my feeling that I want to enjoy now and where I am. I don’t want to compare myself to an ideal of “making it” as a star in the music industry, but I want to be thankful for where God’s put me in this moment as an artist.

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

I think the chords were inspired when I first listened to the chorus of Corinne’s song “Butterfly.” It had just such an easy feeling, and I wanted to be inspired by that with my own song. The lyrics really just came afterwards as a compliment to the chords.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process took a ton of work but also was so fun and worth it. My videographer (Nicholas Domaguing) and I spent a couple hours talking about the meaning of the song and how to translate that to video. We spent basically two full days running around and filming at different locations for hours, so it was tiresome. But, actually being behind the camera for me and coming up with ideas for the video was so creative and fun as an artist!

How was the recording and writing process?

For the actual song, a lot of it was produced by myself. I recorded all of the guitar and vocals in my little ‘room studio’ (literally in my bedroom), and then arranged for recording friends on saxophone, trumpet, and drums. Drums were the only thing recorded in an actual studio, because I don’t have the equipment for that haha. Shoutout to John McLucas for mixing/mastering the final product! As for writing, a lot of it was pulled from just loose ideas that I recorded on my phone and wrote down afterwards. Once I had a concept for the song, I pulled it together with the lyrics and arrangement.

What role does San Jose play in your music?

San Jose is the first place where I started performing. The open mic scene there is my home, where I played my very first songs and met my very first singer/songwriter friends. It’s the place where I really grew in my performing abilities, and in my comfort behind a mic. I treasure the music scene in San Jose, and always love going backJ

How has Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae influenced your writing?

As I said before, Corinne really inspired this song specifically. Her music makes me feel happy, and so I wanted to do that for others. Corinne also has some really blues-focused songs and lyrics, which give me a depth to look up to. Norah Jones also has inspired me, firstly because my dad introduced me to her music growing up. Secondly, because she’s such a humble figure in the industry yet she slays at true jazz and blues music. I love her piano roots, because I grew up playing piano.

How does  your faith influence your music as a whole?

I grew up going to church, and after I moved to college I continued and really got to make my faith my own. I treasure the message that God loves and created every individual person in His image, and so that message of love, acceptance, and inclusion really sprinkles into my lyrics. My greatest joy would be to connect with people through music and love.

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

Well, recently I’ve been inspired in really different ways. I’ve got a few new songs coming along that are a lot more simple, mellow, and beautiful. They’re also a little more dark and moody, but I think they’re definitely still true to me and what I feel. However, before the new songs come out I’m workin on a new music video for my released song “Fly,” so I’m very excited about that one.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

One of the new songs I’m making is called “I’m a bee,” and it’s a lot more moody than the one’s I’ve released. No release date in mind because it’s still in the early stages, but I’m hoping later this yearJ

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment, I’m still performing in the central coast and figuring out my life post-graduation. However I do want to move to LA at some point to hang out with all the cool kids and my friendsJ

What else is happening next in Megan Steinke’s world?

Just been also working doing Graphic and Website design, and job searching for the future so I can really invest more in my music! And just enjoying life and the nature and people around me.

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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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