Why did you select this song as your current single?
I felt like this song would give people the best taste of what the album is like. There were a couple other songs that I considered releasing first, but ultimately I came to the conclusion that this song would have the best impact, at least for the debut single. Picking the first song your audience hears is a challenge, but so far the response has been great.
How does this single relate to the rest of the album?
I feel like this song is the “glue” for most of the album. The music in general is considered pop/rock, but half the record leans slightly more in one direction, while the other half leans in the other. I feel like this song is the bridge between the pop and rock sides of this album.
What was the writing process for this song?
I actually had written most of the music about 7 or 8 months before the song was recorded for the album. The lyrics were written literally the night before I was supposed to go into the studio and record the vocals!
What does this song’s lyric’ mean to you?
Essentially, this is a song about being fed up with a relationship, and I think almost everybody has experienced that. I went through a breakup around the time I wrote the lyrics, so in a way it was kind of therapeutic to make it into a song. For me, lyrics (as well as the music) always have to stem from something genuine, or else it would fail to make an emotional connection to myself and the audience, and that’s the most important thing about a song, at least for me. Moreover, I totally understood Taylor Swift’s perspective on life after writing this song!
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
You can expect a lot of high energy and crowd participation. We are currently rehearsing and shows are being booked. Things are going to get crazy at Next Door to the Moon shows… You can count on that!
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
Because of the fact that I’m an ever-evolving artist, I don’t think it’s appropriate to be described fully by one song. I would say that this song helps to describe this particular album, and the past phase of writing I was in, but now i’m continuing forward musically and have now expanded on the songwriting techniques that I discovered making this song, as well as the rest of the material present on the record. There are some artists who’ve built a brand and a career off of writing and releasing only electronic based party songs for instance, and that’s cool, that’s what they want to be known for – and I like listening to it sometimes because I like to party, but it’s still in a “box” musically. I really appreciate artists who are able to evolve constantly while still staying true to their roots. The best example of a band who did that was The Beatles, and another one of my favorite bands who comes to mind immediately is Rush, who for over 40 years has been evolving, making music and touring pretty much non-stop without losing relevance. My goal is follow a similar path as them in that regard. It helps keep things interesting, and always keeps the audience wondering what could come next.
Is there a video planned and if so, what is the idea behind the video?
Yes, a video for “Tell Me When It’s Over” is in the works. I don’t want to spoil the story line, but I’ll just say it’s going to be awesome with a twist of humor and revenge. I can’t wait for people to see it!
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
My motivation can originate from many different components of life. Sometimes it’s relationships, sometimes it’s events that happen all over the world, and sometimes it’s just hanging out with my friends and having a good time. It could stem from something positive or negative, and I feel that both sides are important, because as human beings, we’re all forced to experience both. As long as it comes naturally, that’s all the matters.