INTERVIEW: Erin Coburn

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

I have been busy playing shows and making music, just feelin’ good! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Out From Under”?

“Out from Under” is the title track off my new album coming out November 8th. It’s a song with a lot of drive, a distinct message, bold guitar licks, and big harmonies that really packs a sweet punch.

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

Honestly, it wasn’t just one event that inspired me to write this song. I’ve begun to notice how the standards that society has created run a lot of people’s lives. Whether it’s someone’s sexuality or a new idea or a new look, society has a way of holding it up to “the rules” or “the norm”, and if that certain new idea doesn’t live up to these standards then its deemed wrong. I wrote this song to invite myself, and others, in getting out from under these standards and living our lives the way we want to. 

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I absolutely plan on making a video for this track. In fact, I’ve been dreaming about how this video is going to look.  Right now, I have too many ideas in my head, so I’ll need to organize them before moving forward with the video.

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

I think this song had the strongest message out of all of the songs I wrote, as well as the other songs can certainly back up the message in “Out from Under”. This song also let me open myself and my thoughts up even more, so I could write these newly freed feelings into this album. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording this album was an absolute blast!!! Lava Room in Cleveland made me feel like that studio was my own home, which allowed me to just be as weird and comfortable as possible. “Out from Under” felt very different when I was writing it… I noticed I was looking at the smaller details more than I ever had. Whenever another idea struck me for one of the songs, it caused another idea and another and it just kept going. I’m not going to say this album was easy to write, but it flowed very nicely because of how many raw emotions I had going on at the time. 

What role does Hebron play in your music?

This is kind of funny to me because no one has ever asked me this question… but I have a pretty good answer. There’s actually a song on my third album titled “Roundabout”, which I wrote because of the roundabouts that are near my house. I drive through those things every single day and one day I couldn’t stop saying the name “RouNdAbouuuut”, and I really liked how it just rolled off the tongue. 

But other than the song I wrote because of the roundabouts, I moved to Hebron about a year ago… after the move I kept about one or two friends from my old high school. Hebron made me feel kind of alone. Before living here, I lived in a very rural part of Kentucky with hardly any neighbors my age. But now that I live in a very busy suburban area that is Hebron, it makes me feel kind of shut off from people my age when I see them all around me. I know that’s kind of weird to put, but being an artist for more than half my life and being friends with other artists that are much older than me, has made it somewhat difficult to connect to the people my age. So I guess you could say Hebron inspires me to write about these feelings.

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

I found inspiration from boyfriends (getting the obvious one out of the way), my new house, the news I didn’t want to watch but couldn’t get away from, and my own reflections. I can easily pull words from all of these, but I also get lyrics from the conversations I hear around me. Sometimes someone will say a word or phrase that just gets stuck to my brain and I have to get it out into a song. Other times I can relate to  that word or phrase that gets stuck in my brain or it brings back a certain feeling that makes me want to write. I love listening to other people’s stories, too, I think the most powerful songs I can write are when I put myself in someone else’s shoes. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’ve got lots of out of town shows coming up. I’ll be playing in Indiana, Chicago, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas and I will be at the Winter NAMM in Anaheim, California with BadCat Amplifiers! My hope is to get some BIG stretches of shows here soon so keep an eye out on my website 

What else is happening next in Erin Coburn’s world?

SINGLES! After my album is released November 8th, I’ve got some very different, modern sounding singles that will be ready to run! 


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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