Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Deep Talk

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Christina: The song is called “Stare” and tells the story of two friends who have been into each other for a long time but can’t get the timing or courage to make it work. It’s one of my favorite romantic tropes – there’s something so human about knowing someone, that something magical can be right at your fingertips, and still being scared of taking the emotional leap to say it first. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Jordan: We had been working on music since summer 2019, but with covid happening, we postponed plans to start releasing music until things were a bit calmer. At the end of 2020, Christina made the excellent point that we needed to release a Christmas song, so we scrambled and wrote “Do You Think We Can Make It?” and got it published just in time. That was such a fun rush, and listening to that song really transports me back to that time and place.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Jordan: We don’t have an album yet, but I adore Stare. It’s such a distillation of all the sounds and styles I love, and it’s just crazy to think that it’s something I was a part of creating. I tend to get sick of songs pretty fast if I listen to them too many times, but that’s never happened with any of our own songs. I could loop Stare for days. That’s a sign.

Christina: I really love “Smoke and Fog” because it has this sparse, voice-and-bass beginning but is almost orchestral by the end. I also really love “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, and the repetitive “why’d you have to be so rough” breakdown in the second verse was really inspired by the bridge of that song.

Your favourite song to play live:

Jordan: We have an upcoming song called “Burn the Door” that’s already made its way into our setlists. The bass part is mostly pretty simple but I just get to wail on it. It’s a fun way to end our sets. “Smoke and Fog” and “Sally” (another upcoming one) have really fun, big basslines too.

Christina: “Burn the Door” for sure is my favorite. I think it’s going to be our closer for a while – it’s a late night, 1am-itching-to-find-the-next-club vibe which is fun to leave the audience with.

Your most emotional track:

Christina: All our songs are pretty emotional, but I like “Sally” because the narrator is so apathetic in the beginning and tries to cover the depth of feeling by almost parodying it with the label “drama.” I like that the song contains both the crazy feeling of longing and the desperate attempts to cover it.

The best lyric you have ever written:

Christina: “Sally comes over whenever she wants / says commitment is such a faux pas / says I’m pretty but that doesn’t mean much anymore”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Jordan: I used to get very nervous, but I’m finally starting to get comfortable. It’s just so fun when you’re in the thick of it.

Christina: Nervous and thinking through a list to make sure everything’s ready because once we’re on stage nothing’s stopping. 

The hardest track to play live:

Jordan: Nothing we’ve released so far was written to be played live, so we’re kind of doomed. Too many layers and synths and things going on. It’s been a fun and challenging experience figuring out how to adapt, but some have been really hard. We tried to get Win ready for our latest shows, but cut it last second. It just wasn’t gelling right this time.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Christina: I’ve never been on a music tour – just some theater – but my number one when traveling is a sleep mask.

Describe your fans in three words:

Christina: Head nod dancing

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Jordan: I was kinda floored by “Be Sweet” by Japanese Breakfast when that was released, because not only is it just an amazing song, but there are so many sounds and bits in it that feel a lot like what I was playing around with in my own songwriting too. I’ve been a huge fan of them for years, and hearing that really made me feel like I was working in the right direction.

Christina: “Real Love” by Big Thief. Every element on that track – lyrics, arrangement, guitar line, melody – is sparse, expert, and heartbreaking.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Jordan: We’ve got four more singles we’re gearing up to release this year. The next one’s called “I Drove By” and will be out June 17th! It’s very different from everything else we’ve put out so far, but it’s incredible and so catchy.

Christina: I’d love to get to a place where we have a solid local following listening to our new releases and going to our shows. I’m hoping next Summer we can do a little local tour to promote the songs we release this year. We’ve got four great tracks coming out this year.

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