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Hi Fiona and welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m good, thanks.
Can you talk to us more about your first-ever single “Wrong Connection”?
I wrote “Wrong Connection” a week before recording because I didn’t like one of my songs last minute. I guess I work well under pressure.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s about three different people whose stories seemed to line up. Basically, the people I’m attracted to are usually awful and reflecting on it makes me laugh. I’d rather make light of a situation where someone’s treated me poorly than pity myself.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’d love to release a music video for the song but I had more definite plans to release a video for my next song “Deduction.”
The song comes off your upcoming EP ‘8:10’ – what’s the story behind the title?
When I was really little, I obviously had no concept of time. Whenever someone would ask what time it was, I would always say it was “8:10.” Ever since, weird things have happened at that specific time.
Can you describe the EP recording and writing process, and working with Shannon McArthur?
I write all my songs in my room alone. I can’t really write well with other people unless I can connect with them well. Whenever I feel stressed, inspired, or even bored, I start with a concept and a few chords. It takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 8 months to finish a song.
Shannon’s talent scout reached out to me in August of 2016. Finally in January of 2019, we flew down to Nashville to record my music. It was a race against the short amount of time we had, but I think we were pretty efficient. The EP definitely isn’t as distinguished as I wanted it to be, but it’s definitely a start. We started off with an acoustic album so I could find my sound. I definitely have plans for bigger and better things. It’s taken a lot more time and energy than I anticipated, but it was definitely worth it.
How have Cage the Elephant and/or Billie Eilish influenced your writing?
Cage the Elephant expanded my perspective on music. They were the gateway to finding my identity within music. Music is such a huge part of my life and I’m constantly listening to it. Billie Eilish’s music and voice is so incredibly inspiring. There have been countless times I’ve listened to her sing or speak about music and I’ll begin writing. Especially since she’s a young artist, I can resonate with her story.
What aspect of your own life did you get to explore on the EP? What can we expect in the upcoming singles?
These singles are the rawest representation of my emotions that words can’t necessarily capture.
Where else do you find the inspiration for your songs and lyrics?
My main inspiration is simply my perspective of life and the impact other people have on me.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’d love to tour, but that just seems like a dream for now. Hopefully it’ll become a reality someday.
What else is happening next in Fiona Hewes’ world?
Right now I’m acting in a feature film with some people in the Boston area. I’m also preparing to go to college and continue to work on music.
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