INTERVIEW: Gracie Laboy

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

I’ve been great, thanks! I recently moved to Los Angeles, so it’s been a difficult transition, but it’s been so inspiring to be surrounded by a city of so many talented musicians and artists.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good Devil”?

Yes! “Good Devil” is my first single ever, so it holds a special place in my heart. It’s a carefree pop song with blues and rock influences that captures the “honeymoon phase,” or hot and heavy part of a new relationship.

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

When I wrote this song I was deep in the hot and heavy part of a new relationship, falling in love in the beautiful, quaint city of Valencia, Spain, so it was inspired by my real life at the time.  When I sat down to write this song I actually originally wanted to write a blues, and then it somehow turned into a pop/rock soulful sexy song. Just goes to show that in life sometimes you just have to roll with the punches, even if things don’t go the way you expect them to!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for a music video for “Good Devil,” but stay tuned, because I’ll likely be releasing a music video for my upcoming Latin Pop/reggaetón single, which will be released in November J

The single comes off your new EP Valencia – what’s the story behind the title?

“Valencia” Is an emotive, four-track exploration of struggle, vulnerability, healing, and falling in love. It’s named after the city that inspired me and gave me a fresh new start in life and love. My lyrics and voice embrace the highs and lows of my personal struggles and finding love in Valencia. So the EP is inspired from real life experiences from my year of living in Valencia, Spain, as I was completing my master’s in music.

How was the recording and writing process?

As a new songwriter, the writing and recording process was intimidating and at times overwhelming and difficult. However, I had an amazing team of producers and engineers who were patient and knowledgeable, and helped make the process fun! I also had an amazing support network of friends and fellow musicians who would help give feedback and offer emotional support. Many of my friends also played on or worked on the EP!

What role did the Spanish city play on this record?

Valencia is an incredibly romantic, picturesque, and quaint city that brought me highs and lows. It also inspired me to write original music, which I had never done before. I wrote all four songs off of my EP while living in Valencia, and recorded most of the EP there as well. And as I mentioned before, I fell in love in the quaint Spanish city, so it played a role on the record in that way too.

Did you always intend to make an album based on your experience there or did it just happen?

I definitely did not go into my time living in Valencia, Spain thinking I would write a record about my experiences there. As a new songwriter, I just wanted to write whatever came out! And what came out ended up being a work encapsulating an emotional cycle of struggle, vulnerability, healing, and falling in love, based on my personal experiences!

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

As I said before, the EP is an exploration of struggle, vulnerability, healing, and falling in love. I think the record explores several aspects of love, not all romantic love. For example, the first track, “Alright” is an ode to self love and believing that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. I was depressed and struggling immensely, but wrote this song to help myself stay positive and strong. The next three songs evolve into a more romantic love, and capture the process of falling in love.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The inspirations for the songs and lyrics on this EP come from several places, but mostly just my personal experiences, thoughts, and interactions. I wrote many of these songs “from the title,” meaning I came up with the title of the song and wrote the rest of the song based on that. For example, one of my friends would always say “that’s how you know it’s real” about random things. I liked the phrase and decided I wanted to write a song called “That’s How You Know,” with the chorus lyrics mainly being “that’s how you know it’s real,” with regards to a relationship, and that’s how the song started!

As I mentioned previously, when I sat down to write “Good Devil,” I wanted to write a blues song. I sat down at my desk and listened to hours of blues songs to get in the mood. The title for “Good Devil” came to me as I was listening to B.B. King’s “Sweet Little Angel,” and the rest is history!

Any plans to hit the road? What else is happening next in Gracie Laboy’s world?

No touring plans as of now – I’ll be focusing on promoting my EP and upcoming single, and writing & recording new music! Follow my Instagram (@gracielaboymusic) or Facebook page to keep up J

About RJ Frometa

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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