I'm so excited to release my newest song, Wanna Love You, which you can download here. I wrote it in the Rocky Mountains in late December in a hotel room looking out towards the most beautiful scene ever, Lake Louise. I was pretty inspired, to say the least, and this is one of my new faves. I wanted to write something different from my jazzier work, something that connects me to my earlier musical influences, hence the 90's electro-R&B vibe. It started with chord changes (as it usually does) and the story began with a thought I seem to have often when it comes to romantic relationships. I picture two independent people slowly moving towards living their lives in parallel with each other, overcoming vulnerability boundaries and sharing an intimacy that's rooted in a generous, gifting kind of love. Perhaps that theme is speaking to what I think is an ideal kind of love between two people - doing inspiration swaps, among other beautiful things.
I teamed up with Häzel, who I'm proud to know and call a friend, even though we've never hung out together in real life. He's a highly skilled hip hop and soul music producer, one of those self-taught, intuitive types who I love and respect. What I appreciate a lot about how he produces is that he knows what to add and what to leave out. And everything he throws in on a track serves a purpose. He's great at creating movement with emotion through the sounds he uses. That's not an easy task but he seems to be able to do it instinctively. We produced this track together over the internet - he's currently living in Melbourne - and had a blast working on it. There were a few late nights with the 18-hour time difference, but the result was well worth the effort. This isn't our first time working together on a track, though, but it is the first time that I presented him with a fully written song. Our other track, Sun Come In, was a collaboration created from the ground up. Check it out as well:
A quick note on Sun Come In:
The track was released in the summer of 2013, following the same process, except it started with him sending me a drum track first. When I received it I was instantly inspired. I spent a day or two working on a chord progression that I thought was fitting for the mood. My lyrics and vocals came after he added a really complimentary bass line and messed with the sound of the keys (something he does that I think is super cool).
I was experiencing an exciting mini-spiritual epiphany at the time, and could only think of writing Save your energy / For the loveliness that tomorrow brings / You just have to be there /Just let the sun come in / And take your breath away. We thought about writing more but decided that's all the track needed in the end. After a few more tweaks, we put it up on Soundcloud and now it has over 25K views.
Look out for more of our collabs in the future.