INTERVIEW: Toronto’s Bedhead

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

Hello! Thanks for having me. I have been beaming! Just played a 102.1 Sugar Beach Session and an Indie88 BlackBox Session, I’m so excited for everyone to see them soon!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fight No More”?

After releasing my first single Bitter, I wanted to follow up with another song close to my heart. Fight No More is an anthem for those who are facing an internal struggle. For me it was my mental health. The message to its barest bones is that you don’t have to take crap from anyone, even yourself. It’s been really awesome seeing the response it’s been getting so far.

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

I was at a low point in my depression when I started Fight No More in 2017. Even after years of getting help, I found myself in that same overwhelmed space again, like nothing was ever going to get better. In that I realized I was a prisoner of my own mind and came  to the conclusion that I wanted to keep fighting through the journey to a healthier state of mind, and had the power within me the whole time to become healthier, and I did.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Oops! There is a music video already! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CugSKkHQb0

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording with Feurd Moore and Derek Hoffman was such a dream! The three of us work really well together, and I’m so proud of what we accomplished. There was also a lot of arcade basketball during breaks.

What was it like to work with Derek Hoffman and how did that relationship develop?

Derek and Feurd have worked together a lot in the past. Feurd and I had started working on the song about 2 years ago. Once the three of us finished Bitter together, I knew he would be perfect to bring Fight No More to as well.

How much did he get to influence the song?

Derek was a great producer to work with to bring the fresh pop sound into the mix! So excited for his recent Juno nomination, aren’t you?

How has Lights and Maggie Rogers influenced your writing?

Light’s first album had such an impact on me when it first came out. It really opened me up to electronic music, and the piano geek in me totally freaked out when I watched her at Warped Tour. I just really enjoy the tones in her synths throughout her career, I tend to naturally gravitate to similar sounds. With Maggie Rogers, it’s her style of songwriting and melodic hooks that really grab me. There is such a magical quality to her songs that I find extremely captivating and inspiring.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

There are so many Toronto acts that I look up to, like Featurette and the Monowhales. Toronto has a great community of musicians that are really there to support each other.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It absolutely does! It’s going really well, for me new material is so much more beyond the music. I usually draft treatments for videos and visuals as I write the music. Being the first EP I’m releasing the creative process is all new and fresh, so I’m remembering to enjoy the process and continue to be open and vulnerable to it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Keep your eyes and ears peeled this summer 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

Oooh you’ll have to follow me on Instragram @heyitsbedhead to find out first!

What else is happening next in Bedhead’s world?

I’ll be playing Featurette’s album release party April 17th at the Rivoli. It’s gonna be one hell of a party!

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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