Hi Justine, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been well! I miss going to shows here in LA, but I’m enjoying spending time at home.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cool Type”?
This is my favorite song off of the new album. There’s so much attitude and drive! I get chills when the harmonies come in.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote it during the end of a relationship. I could feel that this person was not interested anymore but they didn’t have the guts to tell me exactly what they wanted, so I was left hanging for a little while. The frustration and sadness of that situation inspired this song.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was amazing! I can honestly say it was the best day of my life. I had an amazing team put together by Saoli Nash, who was the director and editor. She had a clear vision of every scene and executed it so well. We had so many fun outfit changes, most of them picked out together during several shopping trips. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
The single comes off your new album Wander Feeler what’s the story behind the title?
The title comes from one of the songs on the album. This particular song is about being in the desert and not wanting to come home to LA afterwards. I always have the same feeling when I’m away on tour. There’s something so freeing about constantly moving from place to place and seeing new things every day. The words Wander Feeler are totally random and just came out when I started writing that song. I sort of made up the meaning later on. It’s that constant desire to explore.
How was the recording and writing process?
I always record my ideas using GarageBand on my iPhone. I use an irig for my electric guitar. It’s a great way to write while on the road because it’s so portable. These demos were created in the span of the last few years. When I had a big enough collection of songs, I decided to make a record. I went out to Boston for a week to lay down the tracks with my friend Eric Penna in his home studio. We recorded the drums in his living room and did everything else in the studio. This was early last year, January 2019. He also did my first record.
What role does Riverside play in your music?
I was able to grow as a performing artist in Riverside. I would not have had the experience if it weren’t for the all ages venues there to host my friends and I who played music together growing up. Coffee Depot (no longer there) and Back to the Grind both hosted young musicians. What aspect of relationship and freedom did you get to explore on this record? My life the past few years was spent touring in other bands and experiencing different relationships. I was lucky to explore in that way because I had a lot of freedom, but on the other hand, things were constantly moving and changing. I didn’t feel as grounded as I am now. Most of the songs came out of missing what I had to leave behind, whether it was a person or a place that I felt a kinship with.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I was listening to mostly Brazilian artists at the time. I think that’s why I ended up adding more acoustic guitar on this album. I was inspired by all of the nylon string guitars on those 60 & 70’s Tropicalia records. I intended to use one to track with, but I ended up using my recording king instead which is a lot brighter sounding.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not yet. I’m worried there will be another quarantine! I will probably wait until after the fall to plan something.
What else is happening next in Easy Love’s world?
I’m drawing out some ideas for merchandise and would like to make a clothing line or some sort of collection based off of those designs. I’ve always wanted to re-work used pieces by embellishing, mending, or adding a screen print. I also want to be more active politically. I tend to avoid it because It’s such a big challenge for me. I’m not as educated as I want to be and I feel ashamed because of it. I have a deep desire to nurture and help others and I want to find the best way to do that. I’m not so educated on history and politics so I want to start learning more.