ADVM TALKS FAKE FRIENDS AND PERCEPTIONS: INTERVIEW
Updated: Jun 11, 2021
SOUNDS LIKE: Coldplay, Tristan Prettyman
Tell us a little bit more about your latest release. What was the writing/recording process like, and what influenced you to create it?
My latest single, But He Lied, took me a long time to write. I started it in July of 2019, but got really stuck once the pandemic hit. I couldn't get inspired by anything, which impacted not only this song's writing process, but every other song I have in the works. Once I was able to dig deep down inside me and remember some of the things I was feeling when I first started writing this song, that's when I was able to finish it and even think of recording. Originally, this song was going to be just me and an acoustic guitar, I couldn't think of it in any other way. But once I got my studio band in, we reworked it, and that's where the rocking guitars and the heavier drums came to be. They helped me to sculpt the song from an acoustic ballad, to this hard rock tune, and it turned out really well. As for what this song is about, I tend to write lyrics in metaphors, so it's not easy to figure it out on a surface level. This tune is about fake friends, and how sometimes, it can really mess with your whole world and perception of other people. I took all the anger and betrayal I had felt from certain people and put it into this song, and the heaviness of the instruments help with this message. It allowed me to face all of these emotions had on, and then let them all go.
What do you hope listeners take away from your latest release?
I really hope this song helps portray the message that it is okay to be angry, and it is okay to let people go. It is okay to feel these overwhelming emotions, as long as you can find a way to deal with it positively; for me, that solution was literally writing and recording this song. This is a song that I hope portrays the confidence to put yourself first.
How would you describe your style of music?
My style feels deeply rooted in rock music. When I first started singing, I was trained as a rock vocalist, and that was the only major genre I would perform. Even if I try to dabble in other genres with covers, I always feel myself gravitating and wanting to write rock music. It's the genre where my passion for music really started.
Who’s your favourite artist or band at the moment?
Right now, I would have to say PVRIS. Their newest album is really incredible. But my favourite artist is always changing!
When you’re not busy with music, what do you do?
Currently, I'm still in school; online school is more like it! I spend my free time working on assignments, or just hanging out with my family. Although I don't know if I can consider school as not being busy with music, because I'm in school for music!