INTERVIEW: Semler

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

I’ve been doing well! Finally home for a few days after being on the road.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Late Bloomer”?

I started writing “Late Bloomer” one morning when I was confronted with how different my routine was from my childhood friends. They all have kids and I’m just figuring out how to take care of myself. It got me thinking about how many queer people will experience life on an alternate timeline because we weren’t able to be ourselves for so long. It’s a song about that hurt, but also the beauty in finding yourself.

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

The first verse and chorus kind of just came to me on a drive one morning. But then I posted a clip on Tiktok and people were super encouraging. It definitely inspired me to keep tapping into those feelings and finish the song.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

No plans right now but I would LOVE to someday!

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

I feel like I really came into my own on this project. I’m the most confident I’ve ever been as an artist – and this is far from my debut release. I like calling it “Late Bloomer” because the song itself slaps and it also encompasses the place where people are meeting. Took me a minute to find myself, but I’m here. Better late than never.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote most of “Late Bloomer” over the Summer. Some songs came terrifyingly quickly – “Prodigal Girl” was written in about 30 minutes with Jax Anderson. Other songs took more passes to make sure we got them right. True to form “Late Bloomer” as a song took the longest to figure out. Most of the songs were produced and recorded at Big Bad Sound in Los Angeles which is why this project sounds so polished compared to my last EP that I did on a USB mic.

What was it like to work with Jax Anderson and how did that relationship develop?

Jax is the best! She reached out over instagram, probably a year ago, just to offer encouragement and support. Fast forward to her staying at my house for a few weekends and us writing up a damn storm. Jax challenged me to be more honest and specific with my lyrics while also infusing her pop sensibilities to the project. “Late Bloomer” is still raw and sometimes brutal – but it’s also fun as hell and Jax was a huge

part of that.

How much did she get to influence the album?

Even just as a friend Jax was always around to offer feedback as I worked. But specifically Jax co-wrote “Prodigal Girl” and “Late Bloomer.” She also produced both tracks.

What aspect of rejection and faith did you get to explore on this record?

This record was all about moving through rejection and holding onto hope. The last song “Hallelujah (In Your Arms)” is this big loud anthem about finding divinity in queerness – but it only comes after some of the more painful songs on the project.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration for me strikes all the time and often in odd places. I’ll have a flashback while walking the dog. A melody might come to me while I’m brushing my teeth. If my guard is down, that’s when songs typically find their way into my head.

What else is happening next in Semler’s world?

2022 will be a lot of writing, probably new music, and definitely lots of live shows. See you there!

Listen to Late Bloomer

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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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