We are extremely humbled and excited but our emotions have been all over the map. The band took some intense struggles we’ve been through and have harnessed it into a 6 month long work/bonding session that has been very cathartic and artistic. This EP is our result and we get to share our music!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wake Me”?
Of course. Wake me is a deeply personal song and primarily speaks about trauma or traumatic experiences, and how they change you as a person. It makes you feel like an outsider. After coming through that kind of experience, you find yourself being perceived differently by others (for good or bad). Whether you turn to a higher power or to a family figure, no one can truly wake you from the nightmare you are facing, which is now your new reality. You just have to fight through it. So, this song is really a word of encouragement to lift yourself up.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The loss of someone very dear to us began the realization of how trauma really manifests itself. We try to not only let the lyrics speak to it, but also through the music and production. We want to take the listener through a journey of having an episode of a “panic attack”, reaching out for help, but ultimately realizing that they are the only ones in control of their destiny.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We have a lyric video in production now and a music video planned for the new year!
The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?
Our band name is rather new to us and we feel like we’re still exploring our identity within it. However, the songs we write and the feeling and emotions we put into them are not unique to us as individuals. We felt the name “The Similar” was a fitting way to express that.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was an extremely cathartic and therapeutic process. We each have a very unique way of looking at music and expressing ourselves. There were a lot of heavy subject materials which brought in both highs and lows for us as a band, but recording with each other was a real pleasure. Truly the most fun we had ever recording music.
What role does LA play in your music?
LA plays a significant role. Not only is LA a huge hub for music and entertainment, but it’s also where the three of us met and started our journey. LA has a unique way of reminding you how hard successful people around here work and what it takes to get to the top. It is extremely humbling to see how much talent is around and we are honored and up for the challenge of sharing the court with so many greats.
Would you call this a project a total departure from your previous work?
In some respects, yes. This is our first time really releasing our own music. Each of us have had side projects all over the place, but we wanted to bring all that experience together. We took aspects of what we love and combined it into each of the songs you hear on the EP, shaping our collective brand of music and sound.
Being the band (and in case of Marcus, her sibling) for Christina Grimmie – in some way do you tend to pay homage to her with this band or record in particular?
Yes, in many ways we pay homage to Christina, honoring the amazing human she was and the amazing impact she created. But we’re also inspired by her work ethic and drive to be great. Individually, we all had an amazing relationship with Christina. We were blessed that we began our journey together as a band with her. Her “frands” (friends+fans) have been so amazing to us and we are forever grateful. We look forward to honoring her more in what we create in the future.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We like to approach lyrics as if we’re describing a picture, sort of an emotional snapshot if you will. Our process is to pick a perspective and write from that point of view about a feeling or event. So essentially, we write about feelings and emotions, often triggered from life events or just natural human feelings we suspect most people feel. Then we put that to music.
Any plans to hit the road?
Oh yea 😉 stay tuned!
What else is happening next in The Similar’s world?
We’re still enjoying this release and reflecting back on the work we put into getting this project out. Next up is wrapping up our video projects for this EP and getting ready to hit the road for live performances. We’ve got a lot of amazing new songs and content to share with the world in 2020. We can’t wait until our next release, so be sure to keep up with us on social media or our website.