Hi Ovie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi guys, I’m good thanks for having me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “One More Time”?
‘One More Time’ is one big juxtaposition fest. It’s a sad song that sounds happy. I wrote it to be slow and then sang it fast. It starts off very R&B and ends up being afrobeats. It’s very honest, I feel like a lot of people can relate to it. It’s about getting priorities wrong and only realising what’s truly important when it’s too late.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, kinda, sort of. It wasn’t a personal experience, I wrote it from the point of view of my friend. I don’t think I should say anymore, I have already exposed her enough.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Honestly it was very stressful. We had to plan, cancel and then reschedule multiple times because the government’s restrictions kept changing due to the pandemic, so that part was a bit hectic. However being put in this position forced us to work harder and think outside the box, I am literally singing outside a glowing box in the music video, go check out on YouTube. We had to rely more on lighting, VFX and set design than we did in my previous music video for ‘Dublin Girl’ and because of this I love the video even more.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording and writing this was actually somewhat therapeutic for me. It was the first song I wrote after the lockdown began. I was in a bad place mentally as a lot of people were. I didn’t have my usual distractions so I was forced to really be alone with my thoughts and that lead to me being very honest on everything that I wrote even if it wasn’t a personal experience I still wrote it honestly, whereas before I’d write from the point of view of my alter ego who is the more confident version of the Ovie. Writing this made me happy.
What role does Ireland play in your music?
Growing up in Ireland had a great impact on my music because it’s a very multicultural country so I had the advantage of mixing with people of different backgrounds. I believe I’m more open minded because of this. My perspective is fluid and it’s given me the ability to write from the point of view of people without needing to experience certain things personally. Sonically it’s the same story. There isn’t one dominant sound on the radio. For example, if you look at the top 10 charts it would be a mixture of Indie, Pop, R&B , Rock, Hip-Hop etc. so I never felt the pressure to fit into any specific genre, I just write whatever I want.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yeah I’m hard at work on my debut EP. I feel like it’s the best music I’ve written ever and I can’t wait to share it with you guys.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s hard to make plans right now with everything going on in the world… and as for the title I haven’t decided yet, I feel like it’s something that will come to me with time.
What else is happening next in Ovie’s world?
Honestly just more music, releasing my first project, more videos and hopefully things get back to normal so I can start doing live shows.