Olivia talks the emotions behind her latest release 'Fixed' and how it was produced
Olivia has been singing since she was a little girl. Her music focuses on feelings and love. She rarely writes individual 'love' songs but the second things go south, I have no problem writing an entire album about it. I love a 'cry your eyes out' heartbreak song as much as I love a badass anthem.
Fixed is a song about mental health, anxiety, depression and all the good stuff in between that. The song is heavy. The video is heavy. I think the whole point of art is to make you feel. So hearing this song and watching this video is either going to make you say “is she okay?” or “oh my god, that’s exactly how I feel too”. And my hope is for the people that fall into the latter category that they see they aren’t alone.
February 2019 is when ‘Fixed’ all started. I had just gotten off of an extremely emotional phone call and the best way for me to personally process things is by writing, so that’s what I did. I wrote about the phone call and then texted Regan McCroskey, my go-to writing partner, and told her all about it. We went back and forth with a few ideas and demos for about two weeks and then as soon as I got to LA in March to work on the album, it was ready for production.
I played the demo for Sean, we restructured things a bit and discussed how it should feel and off we went! Sean is kind of this master of all trades, musically. He’s hands down the best producer I’ve ever worked. He’s like a machine. A man of few words but he doesn’t have to say much because everything comes through in the music. In ‘Fixed’ we wanted to capture a modern electro-pop sonic direction while incorporating unique sounds to keep the listener's attention. We wanted this track to begin feeling cold, spacious, distressed and sad to represent my feelings of depression and uncertainty but then move into something bright and dreamy with more feelings of inspiration, empowerment, and hopefulness.
Via whatever I could spare from my savings account after being out of work due to COVID-19.
I can't wait for live music to come back, obviously. But right now I think artists are focusing on things from behind the computer screen- so marketing what products they already have available. Basically building a fanbase from the couch with your laptop.
I think it's pretty great actually 😍
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Funding- if you love what you're making, spend the money to market it properly.
I'm always looking for new artists to feature in the blog. If you'd like to tell your story and share some behind the scenes tips with fellow indie artists give me a shout - Wilson