Hi Teri, how have you been since we last chatted?
I’ve been really good, thanks!
What’s been happening for you since your last release?
A lot of promoting for this new track ‘Common Sense’ which has been fun. I’ve also been rehearsing for a few upcoming shows so I’m really excited! On top of all that, I’ve been working on a lot more music too.
You are back with brand new release ‘Common Sense’, tell us more about this track.
Common Sense is a very personal track of mine. Musically, it takes on elements of pop, R&B, trap and it’s got some hints of reggae influence in there too, so it’s definitely a vibe for the summer. Lyrically it is pretty raw and full of emotion. It’s about being used and mistreated by the person you’re in love/infatuated with. Throughout the song, it shows the emotional ups and downs going on in my head – from feeling vulnerable and worthless to eventual growth and realisation that someone who can make you feel this way is never worth it. This song is me taking a step back and asking myself, where’s all my common sense? Why am I allowing this? Why do I still want this person in my life? It’s quite self reflective.
What was the recording process like?
It was really cool. I wrote ‘Common Sense’ the day before I went to the studio to record, not really planning on doing anything with it, but when I got there, something in me really wanted to record it. I’m not sure why, I just felt like I needed to. Maybe because it was so new and fresh to me at the time. Whatever reason, I’m really glad we did it. It’s a very honest song, and that’s all I ever want to be when it comes to my music and my art. I think my favourite part about recording ‘Common Sense’ was putting together all those crazy harmonies though. It was really fun listening back on it and feeling all those magical musical moments.
What was the writing process like?
Writing Common Sense was very… therapeutic. This song was me putting it all on paper and literally just processing feelings that I had been ignoring for months. While writing this song, I was definitely reflecting on past relationships and questioning a lot of things that had happened, and so naturally, I went back to that naïve state of mind I was once in and channelled it into my writing. I’d like to think I’ve grown a lot from the whole ‘lacking in common sense when in love’ department though. I just think this was an important song to put out because it’s quite vulnerable and truthful, but also I like the whole ‘not taking yourself too seriously’ thing. For me that’s what Common Sense embodies – pure human imperfection. When the song was released I felt oddly liberated, like okay it’s out now, everyone knows your truth and how you were feeling at some point, no need to keep it all inside anymore.
Who did you work with on the track?
I worked on this track with producer, Jojo Farinalla (@jojofmusic) over at his studio (Red Rooms in Southampton) I’ve worked with him on previous singles like ‘Blossom’ and ‘Lose Myself’ and a lot more soon-to-be released songs too. Working with him is great because I feel like he always understands my vision and what I want for my music and he executes it so well. Very talented guy!
Since we last chatted, how can you describe the difference from your music back then?
I’m definitely growing and evolving as an artist. I find myself wanting to experiment more and try new things with every song. I always listen to my past releases and critique myself. I try to find ways in which I can improve. I ask myself, “what can I do differently?” while at the same time, staying true to myself. To be honest though, I never really know what to expect from myself when it comes to creating new music. Like I said, I’m always growing, evolving and changing (as humans do) and that’s always going reflect in my work.
You have grown in confidence with this track vocally and performance, how did you work on that?
Thank you! Confidence has always been a struggle of mine. Looking back at the first time I went to the studio to record in the booth, it was quite daunting and I didn’t really know what I was doing. But the more I kept going, the more I kept learning and practising and therefore, improving. Simply put, the more you practice, the better you get! 1
Let us know what else to expect from you for the rest of the year?
More music, more gigs. I’m aiming to release another song very soon too… so be on the look out for that!
Do you have any shows?
Yes! I have an upcoming show at Dublin Castle in Camden on the 1st of August along with Brandon Rivers and a few other great artists. I’m really excited!