INTERVIEW: Rachel McIntyre Smith

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

I’m doing great! I’ve just started playing live shows again. It feels so good to go out on stage and perform the songs that I’ve been working on in the studio. On top of that, I recently got the chance to open for Paul Thorn and the audience was incredible. They were clapping, singing and dancing along to my songs which was so encouraging. I’m also so excited for the release of “Blue Hawaii”! All that to say – I’m doing great. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blue Hawaii”? 

shore will! Okay, I’ll do my best to not make beach puns this whole interview. The whole process of creating Blue Hawaii revolved around having fun with my friends and trying to make them laugh. I hope that people listen to this song with their friends when they are by the pool or at the beach. 

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

Yes! My go to drink when I’m out on the town with my friends is a blue hawaiin. There was one night in particular when I was sipping on a blue hawaiin while I was flirting with a guy. All of my friends were watching and thought that this guy was definitely going to ask me on a date. Then, he left to go get another drink. When he came back he had another girl with him and acted like I didn’t exist the rest of the night. The next morning, I was drinking tea with my friend Katrina and I casually said “I should write a song called Blue Hawaii and just figure out all the ways to insult him only using nautical puns.” She immediately said “YOU HAVE TO DO IT.” So, I went home and started writing down every beach pun I could think of and by that night I had the song completely finished. 

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

Yep! I love recording & editing videos. For Blue Hawaii, there will be a lyric video and a studio video. Possibly another video, but there will definitely be at least two videos for this song.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Writing this song was so much fun because I was cracking myself up with beach puns. The second I had it finished, I sang it for about 5 of my friends that were over at my house and I couldn’t get through the song without laughing. We all just laughed the whole way through. Recording the song was different from recording my previous two singles (Baggage and High School Reunion) because I couldn’t sing the whole song without laughing. Getting the vocals alone for the song took about twice as long because of it. We ended up having to record it in sections so I could focus on not laughing. In between takes I tried to think about something sad or tragic so I could hold it together. 

What role does Oliver Springs play in your music? 

To me, songwriting is all about finding interesting ways to look at ordinary life. Most people who drive through Oliver Springs probably don’t see much that catches their attention, but every time I drive through it I see all the landmarks that I have created throughout my life – the parade route I used to walk while playing clarinet in the marching band, the parking lot where my dad flipped a grocery cart, the cafetorium where I made my singing debut singing “Please Mister Postman.” Growing up in Oliver Springs taught me how to find beauty and humor in the everyday, and I think that has inspired my music more than anything else. 

How has Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves influenced your writing?

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the cornerstones to my music. Taylor Swift has inspired the raw and vulnerable side of my songwriting where I pour my feelings into the lyrics and try to find an interesting lens to see through the situation. Kacey Musgraves has inspired the jokes and sarcasm in my lyrics. She’s always able to make her point using an interesting metaphor or saying. Her album “Pageant Material” was my gateway into falling in love with country music. 

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

Right now, I am just focusing on releasing one single at a time so there is no album planned right now. However, I will have another single out hopefully in the fall. It’s going to be much different than all my other releases, and I’m excited for people to hear another side to my music. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

The goal for my next single release is sometime in the beginning of October. It is one of my favorite songs that I’ve written because every word has captured how I felt in the moment when I was writing it. I’m looking forward to people hearing it. 

What else is happening next in Rachel McIntyre Smith’s world? 

Besides releasing Blue Hawaii and my next single in the fall, I’m going to be playing a lot more shows! I’ve been waiting so long to be able to perform again, and now that I can I’m going to do it as much as possible.

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RJ Frometa
Author: 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.

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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