Baltimore-raised, Seattle-based Singer-Songwriter and Producer, Seanu moved from his hometown of Baltimore at 17 to Colorado where he emerged as front man of the five-piece funk rock band ‘Realtalk.’ Five years later, Seanu moved again further westward, this time to Seattle to pursue a solo career. Seanu’s voyage across the country surfaces repeatedly as the theme in his music, including his single “BB Girl” which divulges little details of young love in a new city and getting wrapped up in all the small details. The smiles, the outfits, and most of all the intimate details that slyly escape as you start sharing your world with someone new. “BB Girl” lives in those moments with its fragile production and vocals expertly delivered by Seanu.
Hi Seanu, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m good! It’s raining in Seattle right now. Currently sipping a hit cup of coffee.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “BB Girl”?
“BB Girl” was a fun one to make. It is the first collaborative record that I have released.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Finding young love in a new city. I get wrapped up in the small details. The smiles, the outfits, and most of all, the intimate details. This song lives in those little moments.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Short answer, yes. I worked with a producer and good friend of mine, Sleepwalk City (Henry Slater) on this record. Henry and I collaborate in both music and film. He has shot and co-produced all my music videos to date. We have ideas for a video for this one, but no set release date yet.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song was written quickly. Sleepwalk City (Henry Slater) had created this cool tropical vibe. I thought it was infectious. We were sitting in his room the first time I heard it and I immediately started riffing on vocal melodies. Within five minutes, we had written a chorus. Henry passed the project over to me and within a few weeks, I had written and recorded a full song’s wroth of vocal and harmonies. This was all very shortly after I started falling in love, and I think you can hear that in the way I’m singing. The mood of the record matches that energy. I finished mixing vocals and passed it back to Henry and her layered the song with more synths and textures. We both spent a good while mixing the whole song before ending with what you’re hearing now.
What role does Seattle play in your music?
In one word: freshness. It rains a lot, so it feels physically fresh in Seattle. Plants thrive here. One of my first impressions of this city when I drove in from I-90 was how many shades of green there are here. The Pacific Northwest is actually considered a rainforest. ‘BB Girl’ has a tropical vibe that matches that mood. Henry sampled rain noises in this record if you listen closely. Also, I am still somewhat new to this city, and in that way, Seattle feel fresh. I think my outlook on creating music carries that same fresh perspective. I am wide-eyed and constantly uncovering more production and songwriting styles.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I think my approach is the same. I am obsessive. I have an incessant drive to serve the song. I work it into the ground until I’m happy with it. I’ve worked with Henry enough to know that he is the same way. That does not change for me in collaborating.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
‘BB Girl’ is being released as a stand-along single. Henry and I have a few other bops in the vault, but we are both too obsessive to put anything out before we feel great about it. I would rather put out one song at a time that I am proud of than an album that is mediocre.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am going to be in a writing and production phase for the foreseeable future. No tour in the books right now!
What else is happening next in Seanu’s world?
I am also producing a film series, Seattle Melody Kick, which is another project in which I am collaborating with Henry. It’s a live performance film series that is documenting the Seattle music scene.