Hi Sarah, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been well! Doing a lot of music making, reading, writing, cooking, and recently got into video games because of lockdown 2.0. So I can’t complain
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Diamonds”?
Diamonds is a song I wrote almost two years ago and I’m so excited it’s on people’s radars now. It’s funny how something that was made a few years ago ended up being a message we all really needed today – to be gentle with ourselves and where we’re at in life. Especially now that everything is so uncertain and not at all what we expected.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes! I wrote this when I had freshly graduated from university. All of my best friends and I were trying to do really big things with our lives and because of that, we all held ourselves to incredibly critical standards and were very hard on our progress. We would call each other every week and each have insecurities about how we thought we should be further along or how we should’ve done x,y,and z. Diamonds was inspired by the fact that we need less “shoulds” in our life and more playfulness.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! We filmed a video in early september up at my keyboardist Will’s cottage. My very talented friend Kate Harrison directed it and made the song into a movie. It’s definitely high up on the list of things I’m most proud of. I’m so excited for people to see it because I think DIamonds is a transitional piece in a lot of ways towards a more magical, powerful side of me that I’ve always wanted to embody. And the video will be the first invitation into that world.
How was the recording and writing process?
Diamonds was the first track I properly co-wrote with somebody when I was getting more involved with the Toronto music scene. I remember being very nervous because I was sharing things with this total stranger and didn’t really have a clue how the process was supposed to go (look at me focusing on “should” again). But Derek was wonderful to work with and we had a long chat about the pressures we put on ourselves after we were done and it all came together rather nicely. He’s a very warm presence in the studio and very laid back. The lead vocal take on the finished version of Diamonds is actually the original take from the day we wrote it two years ago. Which is really lovely and humbling.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
I definitely am a writer who writes what they know – and a lot of that is things I’ve directly experienced. So while there aren’t any direct references to the city (yet), I find a lot of inspiration from being in a busy area with lots of people around to watch and study. One of my favourite things to do is ride the subway and imagine all the stories of the people sitting around me.
With the major reception from your previous musical work – did you feel any pressure while putting this song together or rather the opposite?
Yes and no. I feel confident in the community I’ve built around my previous releases and I was honestly just very excited about this song and wanted my fans to find something in it and love it. Diamonds is, however, my first track I’ve released at this scale independently, so I was a bit intimidated by that. But the POESY team is full of great and talented people who have really worked hard to give Diamonds the best birthday ever and I’m very proud of how it’s going so far. I’m glad it’s bringing people light.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
You most definitely can. We’ve been working on an EP to be released in 2021 – the first single which you can expect at the top of the year. I’m very excited to keep rolling stuff out and inviting everyone into this world.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not yet 🙂
What else is happening next in POESY’s world?
We’ve got a few singles coming out ahead of the EP to follow Diamonds. There’s also going to be a special acoustic version of Diamonds released with an accompanying video that is so gorgeous. Other than that, I really want to start figuring out a way to have some virtual shows that feel like the magic of a proper concert. So stay tuned for that 🙂