Hi VENTS! Thank you for having me. I am great thank you. Living life and all that entails, and super excited to finally have this single out!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Is It Okay”?
‘Is It Okay’ is a song I wrote when something was coming to an end with a guy I had been dating. I knew it was the right thing, but it was still hard to let go of what the guy had represented – the hope of falling in love, the hope of building a future with someone, the hope of investing in a deep relationship. It is essentially that letter that you write to your ex-love/partner/person, but never send because you know it wouldn’t ultimately change anything. So I sat down after the last time I saw him and just started playing. The song just flowed out of me then and there.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I guess it is as I mentioned, about the ending of something with someone I had been dating last year. That parting of ways definitely triggers the writing of the song, but I guess it was also influenced by endings of various relationships I have had throughout my life. The beginning of the process of letting go and how tough that can be sometimes.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Sadly no visual has been planned for this single, but perhaps for the next single. Don’t hesitate to follow me on Instagram @ciaravizzard to find out what I’m up to…
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for this song was super quick and easy, which is always a lovely surprise! I wrote it on my hollowed body acoustic in an hour or so. Then the next time I was in the studio, my superbly talented and gifted producer, Nosa Apollo, did his thing to bring it to life with production. I think we finished it in just over one session.
What was it like to work with Nosa Apollo and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Nosa Apollo is always a pleasure. We were introduced artistically a couple of years ago, and since then have built an easy creative flow together. There was a lot of sound exploration before what you are hearing now, with lots of great songs we created together, but just not the right sound for me ultimately. I feel like now we have found the right sound that works well with how I write, which is such a great feeling. I think Nosa is an amazingly gifted and talented producer, and I am so thankful he has been a part of my musical journey. I cannot wait to see where we both go in this industry!
How much did he get to influence the song?
In terms of the lyrics, overall melody, and chord progression, Nosa didn’t influence this particular song much at all except for one chord you hear at the end of the chord progression in the chorus. I essentially came to him with a completed song and he brought it to life in a beautiful way with his production. And I think we can all agree that his production is fantastic – the driving percussion, the baseline, and the dreamy feels I ALWAYS love!
What role does London play in your music?
London is a huge part of my music journey so far. I have made many amazingly talented musician friends gigging around London, as well as go to gigs with so many crazily talented unknown artists. London is also where I get to test all my new and olds songs with varying audiences, as well as where I get to meet fans and grow that fan base. The creativity I have been exposed to since I have been around London has definitely influenced me on a subconscious and conscious level. It never fails to amaze me how many wonderfully talented and gifted artists/producers/photographers/etc. there are in this city.
How has your time having grown and living in different places influenced your music?
Growing up in different places impacted my music in probably more ways than I will ever know, but one thing I am certain of is that I grew not to be afraid to be vulnerable and authentic in my songs because it was the easiest way to express myself without being misunderstood or criticized for my feelings. I am definitely more “American” in my communication style, as I can be quite straight to the point or overly honest. I have learned the hard way many times that this isn’t always well received, particularly in British culture. This is fine, but having had to learn these lessons the hard way, I found music was a safe way to be me without offending anyone or not communicating effectively due to cultural differences.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely expect at least another single before the end of the year, and hopefully a couple more singles in the new year! The next single is already ready for digital sound release, which is very exciting.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No exact release date is set yet for the next single, ‘Victory’, but I am hoping to release it at some point in November.
Any plans to hit the road?
No current plans to hit the road this side of the new year (crazy to even be talking about that!), but depending on how well the next single or two are received, there may be more of an opportunity to get out across the UK next year.
What else is happening next in Ciara Vizzard’s world?
Next up I would say is preparing for the next release, working on the mix and master for the single after that, and then perhaps planning a visual to go along with that second release. I am also always trying to write new material despite the occasional writers block. One person’s advice that always stuck with me is that you’ll never catch a fish if you don’t go fishing, so I keep ‘fishing’ (*cough* writing *cough*)!