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INTERVIEW: Spade

Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’ve been good, thanks for asking. Super busy- 2020 is off to a really good start. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single, Hardest Thing. 

Hardest Thing” was the first song I wrote when I took my trip to LA. I worked with Bantu who is a reputable producer and co-wrote the song with Soaky Siren who has also written many hits in the past few years. I had a very clear vision of what production aspects I liked. It was the first time I was working with this team, so I obviously was a little nervous and wanted to made a good impression with my knowledge (haha) . I came super prepared by doing my research, knowing what sounds I wanted to explore, and what kind of methods of inspiration I was going to pull from. We began writing based on a quote that I brought in. The song then evolved into this up-beat, almost tropical vibe. I honestly didn’t think it was going to turn into that, but once I communicated what kind of sounds I liked, Bantu just bounced back with his ideas and we collaborated very well. It’s great when you work with people who are super passionate and have so many ideas. 

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

Funny you ask this, because I really don’t think there is a specific event when it comes to this song. I find that this song applies to all aspects in my life in so many different ways! I originally came into my writing session with a quote, like I mentioned before. My quote was “It’s hard to walk away from something you want when you know it’s not right”. I wrote that in my book because I was reflecting on the losses in my life and how similar they are. Love, friendship, death, you name it. There was a time in my late teens when I was really going through it all. I then began to realize how that also connects to such a positive place. Not wanting to leave or let go of that person because it’s so hard to move on from those good times and memories. The track became so light and up-beat that it kind of surprised me. I guess I just didn’t expect it to take that turn. The depth of the lyric is still there. The heartache and pain of having to let someone go is there. I find it ended up working out better. Listeners can artistically interpret the song to their own depths and experiences because the vibe and energy invites them in. Also, who doesn’t love a good bop?

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

I honestly would love to release a music video in the future. I want to make sure I do it right though. I am a perfectionist and I want to find the right creative team that will jive with me to make it work. Music videos can be scary, especially if you have never done one before. I just really want to make sure it turns out to be everything I want it to be. I am a super visual person, so it might take a hot minute! 

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was the coolest experience ever. When we wrote the song together, we all clicked very well. It was truly a collaborative experience. They allowed me the freedom to share my thoughts and what I wanted to create with them. When it came to recording, the thing I absolutely love about Bantu is that he doesn’t use a booth to record. He has the same mic equipment and everything, but he likes to put you right beside him while he’s mixing you in the studio. When he told me this; I thought it was so weird, but I discovered that it made everything so much more relaxed – I mean it! He really wants to connect with who he’s working with, and I constantly felt safe and it just felt like two friends making a song who are super picky and want it sound perfect. My favourite part is when all the melody and stacks are done, he gives me the creativity to play around with harmonies and add libs. Then we would sift through the ones we liked and would add them to the track. I always left the studio feeling awesome. 

When will your upcoming EP be released?

My self-entitled EP will be coming out on January 24th 2020 at midnight! 

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming EP?

I’ve always connected with my artistic self and I really enjoy writing music that’s both personable, relatable, and creative. My music and writing style dives deep into a journey. It’s vulnerable and bold with colour. My EP in particular really explores the journey of love and loss. I like playing with light and dark themes and how we navigate through that as a human being with emotions.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would LOVE to. No plans set in stone… yet. Life is full of unpredictable things. I think I’d want to get that music video done first before I hit the road, no? 😉 

What else is happening next in Spade’s world?

Spade’s world is crazy. In a good way! I’m really working on some content for my social media and stepping it all up for my listeners. I also have a passion for cinematography and video editing. I have a couple of really cool things coming out this year that are super artistic and true to who I am. We are all hustling out here in 2020. I am so ready for this EP to release and to share my music with the public. This is a dream come true and I am so passionate about what I write. This is just the beginning of the journey.

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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