Hi Drue, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey there. Thank you! I’ve been wonderful. Enjoying the change of seasons, writing a lot. Wearing sweaters.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drowning in Paradise”?
Sure! So “Drowning in Paradise,” is my ode to nature and love and the water. I was really excited about adding the spoken word and putting a modern day myth into a pop song. I wanted to make something that sounded calming and powerful – like the ocean.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Actually, several. I wrote the hook initially when I swimming in the rain in this swimming pool in Montauk with a view of the ocean; there was water everywhere, of all kinds. I made a note in my phone
“Drowning in Paradise.” Then there was this other night in the rain when I drove onto the beach and watched the lightning hit the water… I guess, every time it rained I wrote some of it.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
So challenging and rewarding. I’d never directed before and it was amazing to see this vision come to life. Everyone stepped out of their comfort zone and had a lot of fun with it.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great. I must’ve written 10 extra verses somewhere but I always over write and then choose what’s important. I wrote bits and pieces of it every day for a few months so it was magical to feel it finished.
What was it like to work with ALPHAFLIP and how did that relationship develop?
Oh it was great. We’ve known each other for years actually; he played guitar in a band I had forever ago and then we each moved in different directions for a bit but were always in touch, sending each other ideas and demos and such. It’s a totally natural process. We speak the same language.
How much did he get to influence the song?
That’s an interesting question. I don’t know how to answer because I don’t really think of it like that. We go back and forth and if there’s a melody or lyric he has an opinion about, I always give it huge consideration- we like the same stuff. He questioned the seagulls line tho, and I kept it. It’s not so much about influence as just are you working with someone you vibe with and do we guys both vibe with the song.
What role does Montauk play in your music?
In all of my music? I’m not sure yet. But in this song it set the perfect scene. Montauk is unapologetic in its beauty. I’m always inspired being in nature and it felt appropriately poetic to be writing a song about eternal love in a place called “the end of the world.”
How does your background as a dancer influence your music and the other way around?
I’m definitely going in a direction of writing more music to dance to. But really it’s in beats and breath. And the pause. I think about those things a lot and stretching the moments. Plus in ballet you learn commitment and dedication and I definitely feel that same kind of drive when it comes to getting the right hook.
Does the new single mean we can expect a EP or LP – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It does! It’s called “DNA” – there’s a title track and it’s a reference to things that never change. I’m a firm believer the best things never do. It’s filled with some more uptempo beats, lots of drums. Anthems.
What else is happening next in Drue de Milo’s world?
I’m trying to learn the baby harp. Which sounds ridiculous but it’s so pretty. So we’ll see. Next is definitely more music, more videos, hopefully with a baby harp, and fingers crossed with a real live audience ASAP.