INTERVIEW: Andrew Delaney

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

I’m okay. Mostly shut in with my fiance, Dotti, and a five year old. I wear mostly pajamas and play guitar towards a webcam sometimes. I play a lot of Dungeons & Dragons online with friends. This is my rockstar lifestyle.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Feels Like it’s True”?

I think it’s a sweet little love song with some neat rhymes in it. I love the strings and how the recording turned out in general. There’s an old fashionedness to it. Like an old movie soundtrack maybe. I love music with drama to it. I feel like this has some drama to it.

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

My then girlfriend / future wife inspired this one. I was at that stage where it was dawning on me what we were and where we were going and I haven’t ever really felt totally “right” in a relationship before. I think I was more explaining how I felt to myself rather than to her. She’s quicker on the uptake with that stuff. She’s a lady with a plan. I have plans for most things, but never when there are feelings involved. That stuff sneaks up on me. Dotti snuck up on me. It was an ambush. Total massacre. I’m super happy.

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

I don’t think there will be a video for this one, just because producing one in the current world we live in would be kind of  a pain. I love shooting videos though. Who knows?

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was really straight forward. I make appointments with myself. “9am, you will lock yourself in the bathroom with a guitar and sit on the floor and write a song.” And then I do. That was an important habit while I was writing this whole next record. Stare into space until a line appears and then beat that into something song-shaped. I wanted something visual, so I started with “Let me draw you a picture” and then the other lines came pretty much in sequential order.

Recording this was interesting. We (my co-producer, Justin Farren) were scheduled to make this record at his home in Sacramento, CA and then COVID happened and we cancelled everything. At some point I just started recording at home to get something done. I found this great drummer, Josh Blue, out of Austin who I’d just worked with on this other thing I was producing. We managed to setup a live recording session over the internet and he banged out the drum parts for the whole record in about a day. I sent those drum / guitar /  vocal recordings to Justin in California and he played most of the rest of the instruments. I sent roughs off to Emerald Rae in Vermont and she did all the strings parts. She’s fantastic. Justin is fantastic. Everyone involved was fantastic. Justin mixed the record and we sent it off to Eric Broyhill for mastering, he is a wizard who lives in Sweden. This album is made of well-traveled electrons.

What role does Arlington play in your music?

Arlington is a place where music can be recorded. My house is here and all my stuff is in that house. There is a nice park for walking.

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, I am certain that has impacted my music in some way. Texas loves a songwriter and a storyteller. I feel mostly appreciated here.

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

Yes! The new record is called “The Villain is Right!” and it comes out February 19th, 2021. It’s all done and has been for some time, we’ve just been waiting on the stars to align. I’m proud of the whole thing and the way we kinda willed it into existence, microbes be damned.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Answered above. 🙂

What else is happening next in Andrew Delaney’s world?

I am recently engaged and we just bought a new house together and went to war with some flooring contractors. I just got vaccinated and can kinda see the light at the end of this tunnel where I can hopefully tour again and see my long lost friends.

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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