Hi Thilo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great. 2020 has been a rough year for most of us artists, but I’m finally putting music out again, all the stuff that I’ve been working on during the last year is now packed in that debut EP and I’m so thrilled to show it to the world.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “20 Seconds“?
20 seconds is a story in retrospect. It’s about a high school love, that i was stuck in friend-zone with – most horrible thing, cause you don’t wanna risk the friendship by telling you feel more – so you stay silent and in pain. This is long gone and I’m over it, but sometimes it still strikes me, cause I’m just wondering: Man, what could have happened, where could this have led to, what could we be, If I’d only been brave enough, had just these 20 seconds of embarrassing courage and said what i felt….
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I found a bunch of old school photos somewhere on my computer, and got reminded of all these years and this situation. You know how you like get lost in reminiscing and boom – 1 hour gone! Felt a little nostalgic and wanted to put this feeling into sound and lyrics.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
There’s no video sadly, since we don’t have enough budget. But we’re looking for a way to release a music video to another song on the EP later this summer 🙂
The single comes off your new album Intro:W – what’s the story behind the title?
Intro:W is the symbiosis of a couple topics, the EP revolves around. To me this collection of songs is very introspective – being self-reflective and self-analyzing. This project can also be seen as a new introduction to my artistry, since it’s the first bigger projects and differs a bit from my previous singles sonically. The EP also reflects inner growth as a process. So I figured, I would try to unite INTROspective, INTROduction and grOW. That’s how Intro:W was created.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing and recording process was special, just as special as 2020 was. This is a multi-collaboration EP, I worked with so many talented and loving souls to create this. The beautiful thing is, you learn from and inspire each other on so many levels. Thankful to everyone involved. We had delays, and postponements, it just took all a little longer, but i mean we all had a little more time also – oh and let’s not forget WiFi issues via Zoom.
How has Amy Winehouse and Frank Ocean influenced your writing?
Amy Winehouse definitely opened the world of Contemporary Jazz and Soul for me. At the same time she managed to put that into a modern RnB and Hip Hop context. Her pain and rawness in writing always inspired me. Frank Ocean is just next level to me. Through him I taught, how important it is to not be ruled by convention, and mainstream, but to experiment, to be brave. His writing is from another planet and the vulnerability he vocalizes got me hooked since Day 1.
What aspect of growth and maturity did you get to explore on this record?
The EP explores lots of issues of my generation. We have so much, so much offer to choose from, but still lack something, that can’t quite be described. We’re conflicted and sometimes don’t even know why. At the same time the record also deals with vulnerability, growing up as a man in our society and realizing the toxicity that comes along with this. It’s also about what Nostalgia can teach us – especially how important it is to hold onto good memories from being a kid.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I read some contemporary poetry, draw inspiration from the world and people around me and love getting into deep conversations. Late night kitchen talks can move a lot, I’m telling you.
What else is happening next in Thilo’s world?
The EP release is a great milestone and I hope i can build from there. We’re trying to reach more and more people internationally and maybe arrange some little live gigs hopefully soon. Other than that, creativity is fluid and never stops. Can’t wait to get back into sessions and meet new people to make music with.