Hi Chris, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All good here given the current Covid situation. I’ve been working away in the background recording songs for my Debut EP “Somewhere”, due for release in May, I released the first single in November last year, a song called “Higher”, the second single “Consumed”, was released on 26th February, its getting a good bit of radio play and streams on Spotify. The third single “Flint & Steel”, will be out 30th April, and I also shot my first music video for “Flint & Steel”, so I’m really excited about that!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Consumed”?
It’s a song about loss. Loss is a funny thing, sometimes it’s not the loss itself but the “Everything that could have been” loss, it’s not a real loss, it was only a conceived idea, however the mind doesn’t care and that can be massive and can take its toll on someone. As the saying goes “Time is a great healer”, and over time what appeared to be a big deal appears to be small in the distance of time.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
For me the song was born from a breakup of a long-term relationship, and a subsequent “Failed to launch” relationship with an old flame. I was mad about a girl when we were very young we just didn’t know what it was but over time we drifted apart but when I broke up from a long term relationship we said we’d give it another shot…well, that didn’t work out either and I had this pinned as this is it…and it was nothing, never became anything, and I don’t even know if she knew how much I had thought about it, probably not. And like looking back at it now, it was a massive thing back then for me and now I think, “What was I like?”
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
There is no video to go with “Consumed”, but I did shoot a music video, my first ever music video, for my next single “Flint & Steel” which features the female vocals of the amazingly talented SJ Talbot, a singer/ songwriter from Dublin. The music video was shot with Picture Mode. Robert and the crew were amazing, it was a long day shooting, but was great fun, it’s just a continuous learning curve.
How was the recording and writing process?
I find that my songs are living, growing and changing over time, right up until they are recorded, and then like a photo, the recording just captures a snap shot of the song, and then its done. People always ask what comes first, like the chicken and the egg, music or lyrics? For me it changes, for example my first single “Your Smile” release last February was a poem originally written by a good friend of mine Keith McLoughlin, and I worked on the music and the song structure. My second single “Higher”, started life as a three chord, chord progression, and I found the melody and lyrics in the music, so it really depends, I try take inspiration from everything I can. If I see something or hear something, I’ll either write it down in my notes app or record it as a voice memo. Its these little things that you build up over time that allows you to create song use pieces from here and there, it great when I’m writing and I’m pulling similar ideas together that may be months even years apart from when I wrote them down.
What role does Ireland play in your music?
I’m really only starting out on my song writing journey, I have some half-written songs and some song ideas that are more external to me, about the Irish culture, Irish history, about the places I’ve been the things I’ve seen, so I hope to great maybe an Album at some point around this. I think every songwriter is very much influenced by their surroundings and culture. There is very much an Irish culture of “having the craic”, were in many a pub of a night you could find a session where live music is being played or a sing-song, I grew up with that, that everyone had to have a “Party Piece”, that could be requested at any time…..
How has Foy Vance and The Lumineers influenced your writing?
Foy Vance is an amazing singer and songwriter from Bangor. I went to see him many years ago in The Spirit Store in Dundalk, crackin’ little venue, when Foy left the stage at the end of the gig, I said to myself “I want to do that”. Foy and The Lumineers have a similarity between the guitar picking and stripped back lead vocals, I just love that combination and that is the sound I look for, with my own twist on it.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’ve been working on the five song EP “Somewhere”, over the last year, finishing off the songs, recording them with the gents Rohan and Al at Beardfire Music, and working Ellie at PR company, A Badge of Friendship, to promote my songs and EP, it’s been a great learning experience for me. My third single “Flint & Steel” featuring S.J. Talbot will be released in April, and the EP released in May. So keep an eye out, if you’d like to be notified please Like and Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and/ or Spotify for updates.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Flint & Steel is due for release on 30 April 2021. My 5 song EP “Somewhere”, is due for release in May, I’m hoping to do an EP release part if this covid-19 situation improves, maybe an outdoor event. There will be a new song “Somebody”, and a Beard Fire Music Remix of my previous single “Higher”, just in time for summer!
What else is happening next in Chris Short’s world?
I’m currently working on two new songs which are about 80% complete so I’ll be looking to release them later this year. Something I have done before is look for “Sync” opportunities and publishing so I’m working on that. It would be great to hear one of my songs on TV or in a movie, fingers crossed.