• First and foremost, I’d want to remark that you have a truly unique sound. Is it possible for us to learn more about you?
Thank you, I’m really happy you like it!
• How did your musical journey begin?
I’ve been surrounded by music basically my whole life, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I started expressing my true personality through music. That’s when I started teaching myself how to play both the guitar and the piano, and getting more into singing along with that. Around the age of 17 is when I started dabbling in writing my own music, but nothing really stuck for half a year or so. Then I finally started finding my groove, so to speak, and it took off from there.
• Is “Vocal Loner” a solo project or does it include other musicians?
It’s mainly a solo project. I write my own song lyrics and compose most of the music myself, though I worked very closely with my producer, Tom Goren, when composing my music in the studio.
• How did you come up with the name “Vocal Loner”?
What I see online a lot is that the people with the smallest of voices almost always have a lot to say, and I think that’s very commendable. I, myself, am a very introverted person who, on the outside, has a very meek voice, simply put, so I thought why not play on that with my stage name?
• You’ve posted some amazing Panic at the Disco and Twenty One Pilots covers. Do you consider them to inspire your music style?
Thank you! Absolutely. My teenage years were shaped from artists like these and my adult years continue to be shaped by them. Expressing myself through music was what made me want to pursue it in the future, and I love how bands like these can seamlessly blend pop and rock, which is something I would love to do with my original music.
• You’ve done an amazing job with your original single, “Man On The Moon.” I truly loved it. Is this your first piece of writing, or do you have previously unpublished work?
I have a very active mind, thoughts racing at all times, basically, so I have a LOT of unfinished writings. I tend to just write down anything I think of most of the time, but most of it ends up a jumbled mess before I’m able to fine tune it. This song, however, was (I think) the first song I fully finished.
• Can you enlighten us more about the process of crafting “Man On The Moon”?
I knew at the beginning that I wanted to create something a little deeper than a traditional love song about hopeless romance. So, I thought why not tell a story about someone else, instead? I’ve always loved fictional writing, and because I’m not the most romantic person, channeling that through song lyrics felt very fitting. Moreover, I wanted to create a simple enough chord progression, then build upon that. Furthermore, I aimed for a very “floaty” (for lack of a better word”) vocal track paired with harmonies.
• I admired that you didn’t write another traditional love song and instead created something unique. It is, nonetheless, still classified as a love song. What more themes perhaps you’d like to write about?
In the future, I would like to explore themes such as mental health, sexuality and gender identity – all things I’ve struggled with and given much thought to myself.
● What’s it like to begin composing music in the middle of a pandemic?
It’s both nice and difficult, for almost the same exact reason. Because it felt like I had all the time in the world to figure things out, I also had all the time in the world to procrastinate. Actually getting into a studio and finally WORKING felt really nice.
• Finally, thank you for taking the time to chat with me. And I am confident that you have a promising future ahead of you! Tell us more about your upcoming plans.
Thanks for the opportunity!
I’m releasing another single on the 25th of February, called “1976”. It’s another love song (yay), this time about a couple who fall into a trap of addiction and depression (very fun) and the aftermath of their relationship. It’s a much more rock heavy song and I’m very excited to share it!