Hi Josephine, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey there! Thank you! I’ve been well, just settling into the new quarantine routine.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Slow Down”?
Sure thing! “Slow Down” was one of the two singles I released on my recent Duology drop “Slow Down/Falling.” It’s a sensual “medium-jam” if that makes sense. Talking about being open and honest with your partner while not letting the unnecessary opinions of others influence communication negatively.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Mainly my current relationship and my philosophy on it.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming is always a super fun and great experience. I work with some amazing teams of people that really help to make the process enjoyable.
How was the recording and writing process?
Fairly quick actually. You know, sometimes in the music industry you get to take your time and really take a song through the works slowly, but other times things change and you have to pump something out quickly. This was one of the latter times. We had some plan changes (some purposeful, some not) and had to come up with this song to replace another. It was a turnaround time of maybe 48 hours from deciding we needed a new song to writing it and finally recording it.
Having worked with a few big names in the past – do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I do and to be honest every collaboration is different. It’s not really a one-approach-fits-all situation, because each creative person has their own creative process. Sometimes blending theirs with yours is easy, sometimes it isn’t. It’s just a process to find that 50/50 balance while working.
I understand this is part of a two-track EP – what made you want to go in this direction?
I like the idea of theming things almost like a two-side story. I also didn’t want to release another EP quite yet, nor did I just want to push out singles. So I decided I’d do a handful of “Duology” and “Trilogy” album releases.
Did just going with two songs made the whole process much easier?
To some extent, yes. It wasn’t an entire album or EP with 6-12+ songs, but also at the same time those two songs have to rhyme with each other and sound good when played together, which can become a bit difficult.
Would you call this a small concept EP?
Yeah, I suppose I would. I tend to label it as a “Duology” mainly just for ease of calling it something that easily sums it up, but I suppose it could have many names and labels.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Both songs touch on something within love and relationships, and so I drew a lot, if not all of the inspiration, from my current relationship I am in.
What else is happening next in Josephine Relli’s world?
At the moment, mainly quarantining. A lot of planning for what now, what next, and what comes after quarantine. Within music, business, and just life. Right now I’m taking a retreat of sorts with my pets, boyfriend, and family. All of us quarantining back in Portland temporarily, but lots will be happening once things pick up again. For now, we stay safe.