Behind The New Music – INTERVIEW –Steady Hands, Jillian Lake


Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music. Today we speak to Canadian artist Jillian Lake about the brand new emotional single Steady Hands.

Hello! Tell us about your brand new single Steady Hands?

HELLO! Steady Hands is a special one to me – I wrote it really simply and naturally – just spewing out my thoughts as if it was a letter to the love I was trying to win over. I wanted it to feel like a pained love letter that you never know if you would get an answer to – but you just had to try.

How did the song come about?

One heartbroken day I just sat down and it all came out. After feeling like I had tried everything else, and not being able to talk about it anymore – it was easier to sing.

How long did it take to write?

This was one of those songs that just flowed out in about 7 minutes. When it’s heavy on my heart it doesn’t involve too much overthinking.

What is the main theme of the song?

Fighting for a love lost? Even when the other person has given up.

What about the production process, what was the most tricky thing about recording the track?

This song was a pretty natural one to record – if anything it was just thinking we needed to add things but then taking them away so that it was really simple and raw. The added piano licks made me feel like I was in an indie movie staring out the window of a train and I adored them. 

How do you approach a new song in the studio?

I usually have a tonne of song ideas already compiled (I’m the gal who runs into the bathroom stall at a bar to hum a melody line or lick of poetry that floated into my mind into my voice recordings) – so we listen through until something sparks excitement again and then we jump into working on it. I usually finish the song in the studio – and sometimes the story ends up being different than the story that the first bit was written about so it feels like a moving song that grows as I do.

How do you feel on the release day of a new song?

It’s weird – these songs are usually so old to me by the time that they are released that I’m more indifferent…. however when they get out into the world finally it’s like a rebirth for them – and I start to find a new love for them. I love seeing how people connect to the music and make it their own stories and experiences. I always feel like I should be in some rooftop hot tub with a glass of champagne….. but usually a park picnic and beer cheers does the trick. 

How do you think your fans are going to react to the new track?

I find my audience usually connects with songs that are the most true to me – and this one is that. I hope they imagine themselves in a movie with it as the background – I hope they love the simplicity and rawness and feel like they can be vulnerable to.

What is your favourite lyric in the track?

“is it my chaotic tides that you think are dragging you behind? But do you see my deep blue mind and how it longs to subside?”

For those who are new to your music, where can they find you on social media?

@jillianlake on instagram! I’m the best at that one – the rest go over my head a lot haha… 

Finally three words why people should listen to your new single?

Heartache with hope

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