Hi Adrian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you, I’m beyond excited about my first single from my solo project “Natural High” being out but honestly there is way more important issues going on in the world right now. We are currently living through a pandemic and also a revolutionary time for the Black Lives Matter Movement. I’ve been learning, growing and doing everything I can to use my voice and platform to fight towards anti-racism. Enough is enough, racism is real and it’s time for the world to change, period. There is so much work to be done. I encourage anyone reading this to keep listening, keep sharing resources, keep signing petitions, and keep educating yourself and others around you. The black community deserves justice and it’s going to take the world to come together in unity and fight for what’s right for real change to happen.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Natural High”?
“Natural High”, sonically, is a combination of everything I’ve been influenced by in music up until now. It’s a mix of R&B, Soul, Pop, Jazz and a ton of other genres. I don’t want to put my sound into any box just yet, but this song has a bit of everything I love in it!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say any one particular event, more like an accumulation of feelings I was holding onto for awhile that I felt I needed to express in a song. “Natural High” is about my relationship with my girlfriend. I wanted to write a song that explained the effect she has on me. I had yet to write and release something in my career so far that truly described the power my relationship has had on me and the bond I’ve built with her. Once I got into the studio and started writing the first couple of lines, I knew exactly what I wanted to breakdown. Lines like, “you bring me back to life’ and, “the rush it heals” hints to how much my relationship has helped me through my highs and lows. She has always been there for me to help me grow and push myself, so I related her love to how powerful the effect of a drug can have on a person. That’s how unbelievable love can feel when you need it the most.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?
Totally! The lyric video’s out right now, developed with the talented “Tamara Habesch” (link video here).
It’s an ode to love in the city. I fell in love in the city and wanted the visuals to make you feel that type of way when watching. There may be an official video coming soon, make sure to follow me on all my socials @adrianxmitchell to stay tuned!
How was the recording and writing process?
The studio is always different for me. I never try and come in with anything concrete, I like to meditate on what life has been throwing at me lately on the way to the studio and let it flow out of me when I hear some inspiring chords. For “Natural High” in
particular, I was on the subway up to the studio and was in a vulnerable mood. I knew I wanted to write something about my relationship and what it meant to me. Then, once I got in the studio with Tyler TSang and Andrew Afrework, we started messing around with some different progressions and the first couple of melodies started flowing out of me. I got my voice recorder and note pad out and just started writing. Literally within 45 minutes the song was done and I hopped in the vocal booth to lay my parts down. That’s usually when I know I’ve got one that feels special, it just comes out of me so naturally.. no pun intended.
What did you learn from your experience working with other people?
When you work with someone else, you always gain a new persecutive on what music means to the other person, which is really inspiring to be apart of. Especially when you’re working with such talented people, you’re bouncing back creative ideas and building this new piece of work as you go. The energy in the studio when you’re collectively on to something that you all love is so electrifying and it’s truly a different kind of high you get on together.
You also learn so much about yourself and your capabilities. When you’re working with some else in the studio it pulls things out of you that you never knew you had in you. That’s why I love cutting my vocals with someone because it makes me want to push it that extra mile to make everyone in the studio get even more excited about what we are creating.
Would you call this new endeavor a new chapter or a continuation?
I would call it a bit of both. I think it’s human to grow, change, and evolve as life goes on. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to create something from my soul inspirations. From the lyrics and melody to the production. I’m making music that “Adrian Mitchell” has to stand behind now. Which is completely different than making music in a group because the inspiration is coming from one person, apposed to a number of people. (which has its pro’s and con’s). All of the final decisions come down to what you solely want. But, I’ve been taking things slow and have been trusting my gut along the way with every decision, as I always do, and I’m really proud of how this first single feels and how the new project is coming together.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does. This first single is the start, I have a bunch of songs I’m excited to release throughout the rest of 2020. Lots of different styles and feels which I can’t wait for people to hear. I can’t say too much more. I’ve been spending all my time building this new music up and getting it to feel right. Patience is something that I’ve been learning to master through this whole process. But it’s all paying off now that the songs are starting to release!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
You can stay up to date with everything coming on my socials, all handles are @adrianxmitchell. I have a ton on it’s way for the rest of 2020!
What else is happening next in Adrian Mitchell’ world?
More music. That’s what my focus is right now – giving the world as much music as I possible can for the rest of the year and really letting people into who I am as an artist. It’s been a long time coming.