Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Xana

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

My latest release “bet you’ll get off on this” is a song about the moment you realize you were wrong about someone, and seeing them from a new lens. Seeing the patterns and recounting the bad habits and above all, just being disappointed that this person continued to let you down. Lyrically, this song is written in a stream of consciousness sort of style, it was very much a page out of my diary as I was processing those feelings and the experience that led me to this revelation. Musically, we kept it very acoustic and stripped because I didn’t want the message and the emotions to get lost. I wanted everything about the delivery of this song to be blunt and straight to the point. 

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

The first song I released was called “Goddess” and I was over the moon excited to put it out. It felt like the perfect song to debut myself with because of how abrasive and empowering it was. It’s the kind of song that takes up a certain amount of space and I wanted that to be the first thing people understood about me and my music. I didn’t know if anyone was going to listen to it but I could not have been happier with how successful that song was, not only in terms of numbers, but in how many people it has positively impacted and empowered. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. 

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

It’s so hard to choose a favourite from my album Tantrums, they are all so special to me for their own unique reasons, but today I will say 19. It’s about my first queer relationship which was incredibly intense and this whole new world for me to navigate. I felt a very deep and everlasting love for this person, so being able to capture those feelings in this song was very important to me. Especially since that relationship was closeted at the time, years later now that we’re both out and in totally different places in our life, it was a very beautiful and special thing for both of us to have this song exist in the world and be able to experience it and look back on that love and that time of our lives that we shared together. There are voice memos that play throughout the song that were exact quotes from a letter she had written to me, so having her words in this song made it extra special for me. and musically, I think we nailed how that love felt. I wouldn’t change a thing about that song. 

Your favourite song to play live:

I played my first show in July and although we only played 5 songs, my favorite was Kitchen Light because everyone sang extra loud during that song. Kitchen Light introduced a lot of people to my music so it’s a special song for everyone and being about to sing it all together was something I had been looking forward to for a long time. I’m really excited to play more shows and experience these songs live with everyone. 

The song that was the longest to write and why?

All the songs on my album came pretty quickly lyrically, some came all in one sitting, some took 2-3 days, but Love Like This stumped us production wise. I think we had a couple versions before the song actually started to click, but that was the first time it didn’t come to us right away so we were like “what is going on?? is this song not meant to be?” but once we got there it was that much more satisfying. Love Like This is the song I’m most excited to play live! 

Your most emotional track: 

My most emotional song is probably 19 because of how heartbreaking and vulnerable that song is, I cried every time I listened to it for a year. I think in the last 2 mins of that song you can literally hear the sound of my heart shattering. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

“It’s like coming up for air
I’ve spent a long time breathing under waters meant for drinking
And I wanna see you there
When I’m rolling over in the morning catching sunlight under covers
I know it ain’t always fair and the nights are getting longer
I’ve seen love in every colour but I never felt this
I wanna thank the gods for it
Don’t know if they exist
But if all that is true I know they built me just for you”

From Cupid. 

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

I was so stupidly nervous the two days leading up to my show, but as soon as I got there, my nerves disappeared. I was just really excited to be there with everyone. It was my first show so I allowed myself some grace if it wasn’t perfect, but i honestly could not have asked for a better first show. it felt like a celebration. My mouth, however, was insanely dry, so i need to figure that out asap. 

The hardest track to play live:

Probably I did this all for you or Complex. When I’m writing, I have a tendency of not taking into consideration when I will need to breathe so I have a lot of lyrically dense songs that are also upbeat so I want to move around with it too, which just means I need to be very calculated while performing. But those are also a couple of the most fun songs to play live. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

I haven’t gone on tour yet but I already know vitamins, Throat Coat tea, and a vocal steamer will be the first items I pack. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Kind, passionate and hilarious. 

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

Right where you left me – Taylor Swift

What we can look forward to from your band in 2023:

My main goal for 2023 is to go on tour so keep an eye out for that!! I also have some singles I’m really excited to release next year while I keep working away at my second album. It’s gonna be a really special year. 

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