Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Get It Out”?
Of course I can! “Get It Out” is a love letter to myself and to you. It’s that feeling of peace and freedom you get from letting go of things that are out of your control and relieving yourself from whatever may be holding you down or back. It’s that big sigh of relief. That breath of new energy after a good cry. It’s a gift to myself and to my listeners and a reminder that it’s ok to feel like shit sometimes.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was a few years ago. My best friend since age 10 was living in New York. We hated being so far away from each other. We were both going through a hard time and needed each other badly. We were both holding back tears and I could hear in her throat that they were coming in hard and fast, and I said to her, “get it out.” And just like yawns are contagious, the second she started, I could feel a massive wave forming. We cried to each other for nearly an hour and got it out.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was the hardest and best experience of my life to date. I was constantly fighting my demons and self-doubt, but I was very lucky to have such a great, encouraging and inspiring team of people collaborating with me to make the video happen. I was even luckier because I had my folks AND my boyfriend, excuse me – FIANCE (just got engaged!) on my team. My parents, Hank and Susie Londoner produced the whole shebang. They did everything from set design, costume styling, to lighting and they even cooked for everyone! Boaz Aquino, my fiancé, helped me come up with the final storyboard and filmed, edited and directed. It’s always touchy mixing business and pleasure, family and creativity, but we managed – actually, we did a great f***ing job! I’m so proud of all of us. Now I really feel like I cannot NOT make a music video without them, and honestly, I really don’t have a problem with that. It’s exciting.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing the main structure of the song happened pretty fluidly. After that initial conversation with my best friend, and a really good and long cry, I hadn’t really given the saying “get it out” much thought until my shower the next morning. The first thing that popped into my head was “Just get it out, all those feelings that you keep down inside…” I immediately hopped out of the shower, tried to plunk whatever chords I could make out which was not easy because I am not a piano player. But after I got something going, I was standing there in my living room half naked, dripping recording that first line into my phone. I immediately sent it to Oren Emanuel, my writing partner and producer, and we got into the studio as quickly as possible.
Oren and I bring out the best in each other, and I don’t think he’d disagree. We don’t finish each other’s sentences (thank goodness) but we do finish each other’s melody lines. Writing and creating with him is always the most fun, but working on this specific track was something different. We didn’t need to say it, but we could both feel that “Get It Out” latched onto us in a way that nothing really had before, and we had been working and writing and performing together in our late band, Let’s Mars, for years. Oren knew where I wanted to take this song before I think I even really knew. He could just hear the whole production right away. We’ve got this chemistry that you just don’t mess around with, and I think you can really hear the teamwork and comradery in the entirety of the production.
What role does Tel-Aviv play in your music?
I would have never had the courage to do something like this, had I not moved to Tel Aviv. I have my Dad to thank for that. When I was still living in LA, I was incredibly insecure and lost. I didn’t understand the importance of boundaries, had been through some pretty rough relationships, and I was bored! Sounds about right for a 24-year-old.
When my dad suggested I go to Israel over dinner one night, I scuffed it off, “yeah right, dad.” But I woke up the next morning, called him up and said “ok I’ll go!” Within a month or so, I was on a plane for what I thought would be a month in a half maximum. Eight years later I’m still here.
I could allow myself to grow and develop here. I gave myself the chance to start fresh and I’m so happy I did because I can truthfully say that living in Israel has allowed me to settle into the woman I’m supposed to be and I like her a lot. I didn’t like who I was in LA and how can you possibly be proud of your work and yourself if you don’t even like you’re becoming?
How did your upbringing influence your writing and artist sensibility?
Growing up, there was always music everywhere all the time. Classical music in the morning, Alanis Morrissette, No Doubt, or Cindi Lauper (to name a few faves) on the drive to school, Hip Hop at school, Vocal Jazz rehearsals, Musical Theater auditions…I mean I was a pretty active kid in all things music. Piano lessons, guitar lessons…not that I can really even play either one that well…but I was always surrounded by music and other people and kids that loved music as much as I did. My mom sang to me every day. She’s the main reason why I know how to write a song. She used to make up songs on the spot for everything. The most memorable ones we still sing to each other, especially the “Spunge Sucker” one. That’s a good song.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material? How’s that coming along?
Definitely! I can’t wait to show you guys what else I got cooking! Oren and I are on our last finishing touches in the studio. We’re having so much fun, and I think you guys are really gonna dig it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
That’s for me to know and you to find out! 🙂
What else is happening next in Talia Londoner’s world?
In these times, it’s hard to plan ahead because no one really knows exactly what’s going to happen tomorrow. The world is experiencing some major changes and we have to ride it out and do what we humans do best – adapt. That being said, all I can do is continue to work towards accomplishing both small and big goals and keep reminding myself that baby steps are still steps forward. I know where I want to go, but who knows where this will all take me. All I can do is go with the flow, work hard and embrace the unknown.