INTERVIEW: Fuller French

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’ll Leave A Key by The Door”?

“I’ll Leave A Key by The Door” is the second single off my second album called, “Champagne Rendezvous” and was written several years ago. It’s a slower, sexier piano piece with an element of mystery and urgency. But the meaning is very clear, you know, as it’s a story about trying to rekindle a lost relationship. I wrote it with my neighbor when I lived in Los Angeles, Cassandra Denver.

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

No, not at all. I never really write about things that are totally specific to me or personal. I like to keep an element of personal mystery in everything that I write so I just created this based on the feeling I might have should this occasion present itself.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was fantastic. We had a very skilled videographer, an enthusiastic team and a beautiful location and it was an electric atmosphere. It was the first music video that I’d ever filmed. We spent the whole day doing it and just had a great time. Exploring contrasting angles, alternate looks and different possibilities for each phrase and each chorus was a very pleasurable experience and I feel like it turned out really well.

The single comes off your new album Champagne Rendezvous– what’s the story behind the title?

I love writing songs about beauty and love and I have this recurring vision of a romantic interlude in the south of France. I came up with the idea of starting off in Paris and then going down to the south of France and what would happen during that particular day, during this interlude. I wanted it to illustrate that this is something that we do all the time and that this didn’t just happen this one particular day but rather is a regular occurrence. I love the idea that romance can be ignited — or rekindled — at any moment.

How was the recording and writing process?

I started writing it about two years ago with the piano coming first. I came up with a chorus and then built it out from there. But, I worked on the lyrics for all of those two years to make sure that every single word was perfect. I’m a slow writer, for sure. You know, a lot of people can write a song in 10 minutes but that’s not me. It takes a long time for me to get it just right and I did take my time on this to make sure that every single phrase and every word was perfect.

What role does Texas play in your music?

Well, I am very proud to be from Texas because I’ve grown up with a spirit of individuality. Texas has such an interesting history and I love reading about it and collecting artifacts from her past. Being from the area where all that tumultuous history occurred instills a sense of pride in me. There are also values that true Texans have that can propel one forward.  One of them is that you never quit, you never ever back off, you follow your dreams, ambitions and goals and will things into existence. Part of that for me comes from being from Texas.

With your music hitting the charts everywhere – how much of this do you take in consideration when working on your music? Do you always seek to have an international appeal?

Absolutely, I want people everywhere to listen to the music, to enjoy the music. The first album was an instrumental album, classified as Smooth Jazz. The second album was more Pop or Vocal and considered Adult-Contemporary.  The third album is going to be quite different. So, I’m always evolving, I’ve got many musical styles that hopefully the audience will be very broad for all things Fuller French.

Does this success in any way put any pressure on you as work on a new material or rather the opposite?

The opposite, any kind of recognition just propels me forward and I’m so appreciative that the people enjoy the music. It just makes me want to do more and do better. But there is no pressure. The success gets me excited to create more.

What aspect of love and life in general did you get to explore on this record?

Keeping romance and keeping love alive. I explore that constantly throughout all the songs and will continue to do so in all future music. It is the most interesting thing for me. It’s the most important thing.

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

I love creating stories, creating ideas. I guess everything is loosely based on my life but there’s nothing really specific. I don’t like to write about very specific things or very personal things. I like to keep a little bit of mystery about my personal life so I don’t incorporate a lot of it into the music. I just take elements of my life experience.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, there are talks about doing some shows later next year and we’re working on what our shows are going to look like. I do so many different kinds of music such as Pop, Smooth Jazz and Orchestral. I’ve even got a single coming out soon that is an EDM remix of “Champagne Rendezvous” which is going to hit the DJ and nightclub circuits. It’s produced by highly esteemed EDM/Hip Hop producer Mksmth and I’m extremely excited and proud of it.

What else is happening next in Fuller French’s world?

You know, I’m always composing. I love exploring new themes and new ideas all centered around the central idea of romance. It’s a machine that just keeps moving, keeps pushing forward.  I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to write and I will continue to do so and try to work on some more hit songs. In the meantime, please listen to my new Champagne Rendezvous remix available now on all digital platforms.

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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