Interviewer: What inspired this new style of music for you?
Erin: My song writing started in eighth grade and the style has changed immensely since then. Some of the older songs are way more ‘pop-y’ than the newer songs. I don’t think that makes music more or less worse, I just think it makes it different. We wanted to release something that was ‘dance-y’ and fun and we do have this other side that offers more depth but this is part of who we are, too.
I: How was the whole process, from writing to recording to release?
E: We have lots of different songs. I’ve written about 20 by now that the band knows, and it was just about choosing which would come first. That was more of a business decision than an artistic decision. I wrote this when I was in eighth grade about a friend I had and have, a wonderful person, who was going through some body image issues and had an eating disorder. It started to affect me and the way I felt about my body. So, I was having conflicts; how do I help my friend, how do I help myself, how can I be a good person if I make her issues about myself. This song was really about how to be good to the world and also to yourself. Since then my life has become more complicated and harder to solve, which is why this earlier composition is a little more upbeat. In our first session in the studio, we recorded seven songs, and this song clicked instantly. We didn’t need that many takes and there are no violins on this song, so it was easier to get done. It was the easiest one to release.
I: What was preparing for release like?
E: That was nerve-wracking as hell because I really want people to hear what we have to say, I really want people to connect with the music. There’s also sort of a balance, in, we had this question in naming our band and it’s really funny and really stupid, and the question was how ridiculous do we want to look in our promotions? What’s the image we want to put out?
I: What do you want listeners and readers to know?
E: first of all, I want people to know that we have a lot more coming. I’m really excited about our first full project, like the album. In the studio, there are these two speakers on either side of you, and I sat down in the middle and listened to it and I started crying. I know that music is a source of strength for a lot of people and I want our music to be a part of that. I also want people to know that starting in the music industry is really hard, so sharing it and telling friends goes a long way in helping us grow. There are a lot of really supportive people, like after a performance I’ve gotten off the stage and someone has told me that my music means a lot to them and I’m so thankful, I’m so freakin’ thankful. I’m lucky to live in a world where people care about the things that I care about.
I: Any new things coming out?
E: The new single comes out in November.
I: Do you have a favorite lyric?
E: I think it’s the title line. Too many rainbows light up the light, because that’s a ridiculous notion, too many rainbows. The surface level meaning of that line is that too much of a good thing is a bad thing, but underneath that there’s something more. Um, it’s hard to articulate. It’s like at the same time as me being super frustrated with too much of something or a challenge in my life, I am in awe of how beautiful it is. It’s a pretty positive take on life and that’s why the song is so upbeat.
The song starts slowly, ringing brightly with supernal, gentle strumming. When the vocals start up alongside the beat, one feels immersed in the music. Erin’s voice draws the listener in, ranging from powerful and loud to soft and dreamy throughout the piece. The lyrics seem carefully chosen and are powerfully emotional. This song truly feels carefully curated and well thought-out. It feels purposeful. As Erin’s voice becomes stronger approaching the chorus, the beat picks up and changes tempo. The choice to both match and juxtapose the strength of the vocals with the percussion at different points in the song is masterfully executed. Near the middle of the song, Erin’s voice becomes softer as it leads into the title line, “Too many rainbows light up the night, I can’t see the stars, I can’t see the sky”. Her voice strengthens alongside the beat again, transitioning beautifully into the chorus. This piece is good to dance to, sing along to, or just relax to. It’s a versatile piece that evokes an array of different styles, from indie to pop to a little bit of gospel. I would highly recommend giving it a listen!
Erin Valdala and Her Brother Charles Vadala and Their Band just released their first single! Check it out now on Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, and Apple Music. Look forward to their next release, coming in November!
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