In the following brief interview, we get down to the nitty gritty of how both his new song and the accompanying video were conceptualized and produced.
What’s the name of the song and what inspired you to write it?
The name of the song is “In Extremis” which means “at the point of death” or “in an extremely difficult situation”.
The inspiration arose from a little scare I had just before Christmas where I ended up having to undergo an emergency operation.
Although I was stuck in a hospital for a couple of days and was heavily drugged up on sedatives and painkillers, I was still able to conceptualize the song by observing all of my surroundings in the strange environment I found myself in.
It’s funny to think about it now because I’m currently in great health, but it sure wasn’t funny at the time!
What is the song’s lyrical content about?
The lyrical content of the song examines the emotions one experiences when feeling trapped and distressed in life and “Wanting to live forever” no matter what gets in your way.
The lyrics “Feeling so high and faded like the sky” were an allusion to being drugged up on hospital-prescribed medication and not wanting to be high on this medication that seemed to have been forced down my throat.
The lyrics “You can drain our soul, and try dissolve us. You will be the one to try parole us” is an allusion to what’s happening in the world today and feeling like obstacles are being deliberately put in the way of our life’s journey. And these obstacles must be overcome lest they destroy us and the hierarchy wins.
There’s some striking imagery in the video for your single – for example, there’s a bathtub scene where you’re completely submerged in water with “Fuck the System” scrawled on the wall. What’s the meaning behind this particular scene (which is also the cover of your new single)?
It’s cool to hear that this visual grabbed your attention – it’s basically an allegory for the state of mental health in many young adults today; a lot of people of my generation (i.e., Millennials and younger) are feeling like we’re living in a losing battle and are being forced to lock down due to the current situation (i.e., the Covid-19 pandemic).
The image of “Fuck the system” being scrawled on a bathroom wall with myself submerged in a bathtub of water represents running away from the realities of the society we live in today in order to escape the feeling I described in the preceding paragraph. Later in the video, you see me springing back to life out of the water and then I begin rebelling against the system.
Was this self-recorded? If yes, for the gearheads who may be reading this, what equipment did you use to record your single?
Yes! This video was filmed using the new Samsung Ultra Note 20 smartphone and then edited using Premiere Pro and the Creative Cloud package where I used some cool editing techniques I’ve learned over the past few years.
The song itself was recorded using a Scarlett Focusrite interface, a Fender Jazzmaster, a Fender Stratocaster, a Tascam (for the weird police noises) and then it was all brought together using Logic Pro X.
When can we expect the single to be released?
“In Extremis” will be available on all major streaming platforms on February 11th 2021 alongside the official music video which will be available on YouTube on February 12th 2021 where it shall be premiered.
And of course, you can listen to his music over at Spotify and other major streaming platforms.
Finally, you can pre-save In Extremis here!