INTERVIEW: Gwendolyn

Hi Gwendolyn!! We are so excited to be chatting with you today!! Please tell us the inspiration behind your latest release “Absinthe”?!   

I usually write when I need to make sense of something. When I need to crawl around inside someone else’s head & body and see things from their perspective. Most people think my song “Absinthe” is about a toxic love or even suicide, and I guess it is in a way. The inspiration for the song came when I heard this mind blowing statistic that the fastest-growing segment of heroin users in the US is suburban housewives. I HAD to get inside of that. I couldn’t fathom what could be so intoxicating, so alluring and addictive to render you blind to everything you built and everyone you lived for. Tragic to think of from the outside, to be sure. That’s the lens it’s most commonly seen through. But what’s it like from the inside? That seduction… that first brush with heaven… must be beyond comprehension. And so “Absinthe” was born. 

Your power vocals are impressive in “Absinthe”! How do you go about preparing to record a song like this? 

That’s funny.  I actually record most of my vocals alone in my closet.  I have a small home studio, and I like to record there so I’m not embarrassed when I need to do 30 takes on something.  Then I send it to my mixer, Wes Poland and he works his magic to polish them up.  

Love the music video! What was the process of finding that creative direction?  

Okay real talk… it took a long time for me to be okay with this video.  It didn’t turn out to be what I originally had in mind.  It’s a little too much of my face for my comfort zone.  But if you know me, you know that one of my life mottos is “Do what scares you”.  I pretty much recite that motto every time I perform, post something vulnerable, get a picture taken of myself, or play a song for the first time. It’s finally time to let this video out of the cage.  

What’s the most exciting part about releasing “Absinthe” to the world?!  

This is my second single, and I’m seriously just flattened to see it getting so many streams and playlists.  I had no expectations.  The song is very niche.  It’s epic pop, and a little darker than usual for me.  It’s not for everyone.  I’m humbled by the love it’s gotten.  And I have to honor the amazing talents of Lee Sanders (arrangement), Wes Poland (mixing), David Duarte (guitars, additional engineering & mastering), and beautiful photography directed by Natalie Irby and Tim Sabatino.  

Where can our readers listen and watch “Absinthe” NOW!? And stay connected with YOU!  

Yes!  Watch here: Listen here:  Connect here:

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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