INTERVIEW: Ronnie Watts

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

Hey! Thanks for having me! I’ve been good – busy washing my hands and staying home.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Break Your Heart”?

I wrote “Break Your Heart” last year when I really needed to move on from someone but couldn’t. It’s about that part of you that wants to hurt someone the way they hurt you. It’s a selfish feeling but I think a lot of people can relate to it. When the person who broke your heart is posting on social media having the time of their life and you’re laying in your bed crying— it does kinda suck.

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

Of course! Almost all my songs are inspired by what’s happening in my life and the people in it. It’s sort of an unspoken agreement that if you’re in my life I’m gonna write a song about you. And when I do you’re gonna know it’s about you. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There is! When I was writing the song I could already see the video, so I was really excited to get to work on it. Being quarantined definitely changed our plans for it, especially because we couldn’t even hire a videographer, but I think the end result is pretty cool. I used my iPhone to shoot and my house as the set. And can I just say, whoever invented the tripod has my heart.

How was the recording and writing process?

Coming up for the lyrics for “Break Your Heart” was definitely my favorite part of the process. I had to be like, ‘okay, if I was a psychopath feeling the way I’m feeling now, what would I do?’ My overall answer was to kidnap him and force him to watch me ‘fall in love’ with someone else. I ended up recording the vocals for the song with my friend in Connecticut. We both had the stomach bug at the time which made the process much more interesting. 

What was it like to work with Kris Crawford and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Kris was amazing, he knows what he’s doing. We met a couple months before we started working on production in New York. We ended up working on the production remotely so it was months of back and forth of Kris sending a fire draft  and then me sending notes back. 

How much did he get to influence the song?

Kris really made “Break Your Heart” into the banger it is because the first demo I sent over was just my vocals and guitar. I gave him some references of Lorde, Taylor Swift, along with some other influences of mine, and then I told him I want people to be able to dance to the music and cry to the lyrics. He really helped me pull it off.

With the great reception that your previous single got – were you any nervous or feel any pressure while putting this track together or rather the opposite?

I definitely feel pressure to make everything I put out be better than the last. I wouldn’t say I was nervous though because I love the song so negative opinions don’t bother me. I still can’t believe how well “Famous In California” has done, so honestly I’m just very thankful for every stream and share. 

What role does Rochester play in your music?

Rochester is a big music city, there’s live music everywhere, which is amazing to be surrounded by. Walk into any bar and I can almost guarantee you there’ll be a band playing. I’ve been going to the Rochester Jazz Fest since I was little, where artists from all over the world come to perform. Over the years I’ve definitely soaked up all those influences into my music. It’s so inspiring. The first time a song made me cry was at the Jazz Fest. 

Do you tend to take a different approach when you’re collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

When I work on my own I’m not really thinking, I’m just doing what comes naturally. Working with other people, on the other hand, is a mental workout for me. I haven’t been in school since I was 17, so I feel like whoever I’m collaborating with is the closest thing I have to a teacher. Even though we’re working side by side, there is so much to learn from each person I collaborate with. So I take my strengths and they take their strengths and we try to fuse them into something cool.

Any plans to hit the road?

Ask COVID-19 about it. Let me know what she says.

What else is happening next in Ronnie Watts’ world?

Lots of new music! Also safe to bet that I’ll probably be dying my hair another obnoxious color sometime soon.

Ronnie Watts - Break Your Heart (Lyric Video)

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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