Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Open Heart”?
Open Heart probably stands out the most in the album mainly because it’s so unique. It’s our only rap song on the album and really sets a tone for deep, philosophical conversation. It’s raw, honest, and truly confessional. Overall, the song deals with the theme of putting your heart on your sleeve and demonstrates this in a deep, emotional way.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The inspiration for this song mostly comes from a philosopher named Alan Watts. In his time, he spoke on purpose, human existence, and worldview. Lines like “You wanna know your purpose? Well, it don’t lie in the future. ‘Cause the future fades as quick as the past…” are almost directly from his teachings. He was very profound in his simplicity. It wasn’t hard to be inspired after really diving into his works.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
To put it simply, it was amazing! As you can see by watching the video, we had a lot our fans participate in the shoot. Just having them there and really being able to connect with them made the whole experience incredible. It’s funny because the weather even added to the tone of the video. The beginning of the video sets the mood for a darker, aggressive feeling and ends very bright and positive. And during the shoot, it started off dark and cloudy and ended with the sun shining. We joke about how perfect that was even now.
Writing for the album in general was different than anything we’ve experienced. There were some songs that were brought to the table and arranged to be notably different than how they started. There were other songs that, when brought up, we just knew they were exactly how they were supposed to be, without adding anything. Open Heart was one of those songs.
How do the likes of twenty one pilot influenced your writing?
It’s pretty obvious from listening to Open Heart that TOP is a group we look up to and draw influence from. Personally, I see them as a group that is developing a genre that has really taken off in recent years. As a songwriter who finds a voice in that style of alternative rap, I definitely look up to them as a positive role model.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
As a creative, I find myself always making new content so there is no doubt that new material is on the horizon. We don’t have an exact timeframe in mind just yet, but what I can say is that releasing this music video for Open Heart was very eye opening for us. The amount of attention it received just in the first week was better than any video we have released before. So, it gives us an idea of what our audience reacts to and likes. Without a doubt, you can expect to see more songs like Open Heart on our next project.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Like I said, there isn’t an exact timeframe in mind just yet. But we like to be consistent with our pacing of releases. As far as another album goes, it will probably be a couple of years. But that doesn’t mean we don’t plan on releasing an EP or singles in the meantime. Not only to remain relevant and to keep our audience engaged but just because I feel like there is so much material that we want to get out into the world that we can’t just sit on it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! Our next tour will begin early next year and you can expect to see more information on that to come very shortly so make sure to follow us on the socials to find out when we are in your area. We honestly can’t wait to get back on the road!
What else is happening next in If Walls Could Talk’s world?
Other than tour and new music to come soon, I think our main focus is simply to become better at what we do. Other than regular rehearsal, we also have meetings every week where we discuss how we are doing and how to become better as a whole. You can definitely count on seeing a more professional, developed image coming from If Walls Could Talk as we move forward. And it’s not that we are not professional now by any means, but we fully believe that there is always room for improvement.