1.) We’re happy to welcome to our humble pages acclaimed chanteuse Ally Salort; greetings and salutations, Ally! Before we meander down the proverbial Q&A interview pathway, how has the last gasps of 2022 been treating you?
Hi, thank you for this opportunity! It’s been an exciting time! I had my first couple shows ever and my third single comes out on November 11!
2.) Congratulations on the upcoming November 11 release of your new hit song Nostalgic! What was the genesis of Nostalgic, how did this gem come into being?
Thank you! I am a very sentimental, nostalgic person. I have a tendency to romanticize my past whether it was good or bad. It’s such a bittersweet feeling that I’ve always loved and attached myself to. Because of this, I wanted to write a song about meeting someone who evokes those kinds of warm, homey feelings. About a classic love that you would think only exists in movies. It’s simultaneously a manifestation of what I want in a partner, while also pulling pieces from real life past relationships and people who’ve made me feel that way.
3.) How is Nostalgic similar to some of your past efforts? How is it different?
I would say Nostalgic fits sonically with my debut single Stranger Things. They both have a pop/rnb feel to them and have similar concepts. Stranger Things is about falling in love and convincing yourself that it’s not scary or strange, and then Nostalgic is what comes after: actually being in love and in a relationship with someone who makes you very happy. I’d say it’s different to my second single You’ll Never Notice as that song is more upbeat and conceptually talks about a completely different experience. You’ll Never Notice is about a heartbreak and feeling unappreciated.
4.) Who was your producer on Nostalgic and what did that collaboration between artist and producer look like in the studio?
The producer on Nostalgic is Pop Wansel who I’ve worked with on most of my music thus far. He’s worked with artists like Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Kehlani, Alessia Cara, and many more. He came to me with the hook and the beat around 2 years ago and I immediately fell in love with it. The song sat in a dropbox for a while, not because we forgot about it, but because the rest of the song wasn’t coming to us and we didn’t want to force mediocre verses on such a special chorus/beat.
I eventually took it home and wrote the pre chorus and 5 months later we finished the rest. I remember so vividly driving home, blasting it in my car after finishing it and feeling so much pride.
5.) Can you introduce our readers to some of the other talented musicians who lent their wares to Nostalgic?
A production duo called SomeRandoms worked with us on this song. They’ve worked with artists like Kehlani, PrettyMuch, John Legend, Ali Gatie, and more. We’ve worked with them on a lot of my music including my debut single Stranger Things. They’re great guys who are super talented and incredibly fun to be around.
6.) How is Nostalgic different than any other piece of music currently on the 2022 music scene?
I would say conceptually a lot of music right now tends to be more on the sad side. Heartbreak ballads are a really big thing right now and this song is about a classic love and feels really upbeat. It also samples I Only Have Eyes for You by The Flamingos from 1959.
7.) What do you hope listeners walk away with after giving Nostalgic a few dozen spins on their respective turn-tables?
I hope they walk away feeling reminiscent of old loves or excited for new ones.
8.) On the heels of the release of Nostalgic, can fans look forward to an LP release from you in 2023?
Yes! I’m close to finishing my first ep. I’m hoping to get it out at the beginning of 2023.
9.) What does your touring dance card look like after the upcoming release of Nostalgic?
I have a performance in December and then hopefully after my ep comes out a tour.
10.) You have a tremendous following on Tik Tok. What makes that social media platform such an amzing conduit for your music?
Tiktok is very unpredictable which is simultaneously frustrating but also exciting. You never know when a video is going to resonate which makes me all the more motivated to post my music as much as possible.
11.) Who inspires you musically?
Frank Ocean, Sza, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Sade, Ariana Grande, and more.
12.) Any final thoughts that you would like to share about Nostalgic?
I remember performing Nostalgic at my first show a couple months ago and I could feel the crowd’s energy positively shift. It felt like it deeply grabbed their attention. Hopefully the same will happen to a larger audience when it’s released on November 11!
13.) Final – SILLY! – Question: When and where were you happiest?
Besides being on stage singing, what immediately comes to mind are family vacations. I have a very large extended family and we rent out a house on a lake in Deep Creek, Maryland during the summer. Being on the boat with the wind in my hair and having dinners with the whole family is so joyous for me.
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