INTERVIEW: Reese Posten

Hi Reese, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi it’s great to hear from you guys! I’ve been really busy with writing and recording these days. I’m a full-time student at Berklee College of music right now so I’m always pretty busy. I’m just trying to do as much as I can these days, especially during the pandemic when I’m always at home.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “One Less”?

Yes definitely! I worked on this song for a few months and I had such a great time writing, producing, and recording it. It’s kind of a percussive-themed track with some R&B influence. It’s nothing like I’ve ever done before. I remember writing the chorus and thinking that it needed something else so I reached out to a rapper named FredTheBlackKid, who my friends and I are obsessed with, and he was more than happy to write a verse for my song. When I heard his verse for the first time, I just got so excited and knew that I was going to be really happy with the final product.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song felt so good to get out because at the time I was really conflicted about some things that happened with a couple of my friends. I remember they did some things that really got to my head and made me think of them differently. I decided to go into our shed, which is sort of a backyard studio, and write everything down to try and encapsulate how I was feeling at the time. I was so happy with the outcome and I’m having a really good time hearing what people have to say about it.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We definitely want to do something for it and we have a few people in mind to help so hopefully. I think some sort of video would be great with the song so I’ll do my best to get it done! If not for this one then definitely for the next one.

How was the recording and writing process?

It felt really long to me but it only took a couple of months. I came up with the idea and thought it would flow a lot faster than it actually did but I still had such a great time watching it turn in to a complete track. I remember adding things all the time and getting so excited at how it made the song sound. It was a lot trying different sounds and weeding out the things that drew away from its authenticity. Fred’s verse on the song made it complete though and it wouldn’t be the same without him. 

What role does the Bay Area play in your music?

Growing up in Bay Area had every influence imaginable on me as an artist. I grew up listening to Bay Area bands and fell in love with their journey’s. As a kid I was obsessed with Green Day, Dead Kennedys, and other punk bands from around here. My music was and is still heavily influenced by punk and alternative rock. I also had so much access to the underground music scene here. I played in a band called Grandma’s Cat for a while and we played at as many legendary spots, like the DNA Lounge and 924 Gilman, as we could. I feel so lucky to have lived here for so long. 

How has John Mayer and Elliot Smith influenced your writing?

They, along with so many artists, have encouraged me to find myself as a musician and I am so grateful that I have that influence in my life. I wouldn’t be writing music if it weren’t for these people. John Mayer was a bridge for me to the blues world and ever since his music introduced me to that side of music, I’ve been obsessed. Elliot Smith was, to me, one of the best songwriters of his time and I feel like his music was so in touch with who he seemed to be. I have always strived to be like that with my writing. I feel like to be a great songwriter, your body of work needs to encapsulate all of who you are as person and I think Elliot Smith achieved that. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I have another single on the way and I’m so excited to share it with everyone. This song is a lot different than the last one and I take pride in that. I’m constantly working to define “my sound” and exploring different combinations has really allowed me to discover more about my writing style. So, like this next one, I plan on exposing my audience to as much of my musical interests as possible so I can hopefully become a diverse songwriter.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I would love to release it sometime this month. I’m just working to push out as much music as possible so I can try to establish myself as an artist. I love releasing to tracks and seeing everyone’s reaction so I have some motivation to get this one out soon.

What else is happening next in Reese Posten’s world?

These days I’m just trying to stay busy and get through the pandemic. Working on school and spending time with family has definitely kept me occupied so I feel really good about things. Hopefully when COVID is all over I can start thinking about live shows and expanding my horizons as a musician! 


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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