“With my new direction, I’m going moodier, tapping more into *the dramatic.* It’s more in line with how I feel lately, and just reflecting back on my life, it’s more in line with how I tend to be overall and the art that sticks with me most. You can say it’s my Scorpio rising energy hahaha. I’m trying to make music that’s cinematic, that takes place in the kind of heightened-yet-familiar reality you’d find in a stylized film.
Production-wise, I’ve been focusing on the writing – with the idea that melody and lyrics should work in any context ideally, and then the production should follow to highlight it in the best way possible. Like if you strip away the instrumentation to the simplest it can be and just leave the vocal part, is it still engaging? When I first started producing I would just keep adding layers and layers trying to make a song sound better, but I’ve made a point now to focus on using less and making those elements stronger.
Italian Ice initially came together very quickly. I made a simple beat in about 5-10 minutes after watching Suicide Squad (lol). Later, I stumbled across some Italian ice in the supermarket and thought that it would make a good title for a song. I was nostalgic for this park in the town I grew up in that had a snack shack that would sell Italian ice in the summer. I was inspired by this idea of a suburb- a suburban parking lot at night in particular- serving as the backdrop of a cliche “romance” like one out of a teen movie. It turned out sounding like exactly the type of song I would listen to – which has been my main objective with these new tunes.” – moistbreezy