Hi Allegra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been pretty good! Been busy working on music and trying to enjoy Toronto slowly opening back up again.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Numb”?
“Numb” is what I like to call my “anti-party anthem”. It takes place at a party, but there is this energy of feeling out of place while everybody around you is distracting themselves from their problems and numbing their pain. As a songwriter and artist, I always say that the best thing I can do is face the bad (and the good!) and live to tell the stories. All my songs exist because I felt something in a particular moment and “Numb” exists because of that too.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote “Numb” a few years ago, back in 2018, about a party that I had gone to a couple weeks before. I’m not a massive party person in general, and I was inspired to write the song after observing and people-watching during that night. I wanted to write something that captured my experience and my feelings about being there.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming process was super strange because of lockdown. It stemmed from some ideas and visions I had when I first wrote the song, and then my producer, Chris Grey, and I planned and directed the entire thing together. He shot it himself, and then we edited it together. Most of the video was filmed at a house that we rented in Toronto which was super eclectic and had a lot of character, and then the rest was shot in a parking lot on what ended up being the coldest night in May. We also filmed a bunch of footage on a real super 8 camera, so all those shots aren’t filters/overlays, it was real film that we had to rush getting developed to finish the video in time!
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing the song happened primarily on my guitar, which is where I wrote most of my songs back in 2018. The verses and pre-chorus haven’t changed much at all, but the chorus went through many different phases. I think there were about three or four rewrites of it. I made a really crappy demo of it myself, which basically just had piano, bass, rough vocals (including background and harmonies), and some terrible drums. I brought that demo to Chris in January, and he transformed it into what it sounds like today. We retracked the vocals in his studio, but some of the background vocals (specifically the distorted “Numb’s”) are still from my original demo.
What role does Toronto play in your music?
I actually moved to Boston for school just before the pandemic and found myself struggling to create while I was there. Moving back home to Toronto last year reinspired me and has really allowed me to focus on my music. Chris has a lot of Toronto urban influences in his production and some experience in the Toronto hip-hop/rap scene, so we definitely incorporated some of that when developing the sound for the EP, which is a lot more electronic and innovative than what I was previously making.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! “Numb” is the first single off my upcoming EP which I’m super excited about. The EP is so close to being done so there will definitely be a lot more material coming up this year.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The EP is called “Take It From Me, I Know”and it will be released this Fall 2021, after a couple more singles have gone out!
What else is happening next in Allegra Jordyn’s world?
This EP has been my main focus this year, but I’m excited to start writing again this summer! I love having a project that I can fully immerse myself in, so I really want to start another one soon and begin writing new material for that. I also write for some other artists’ projects so I’m just excited to get inspired and get back into writing!