Interview: Vanessa Silberman
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Hi Vanessa! It is great to speak with you today!
Thank you so much for speaking with me!
You just released your new single, Love Will Always Find A Way'! Will you tell us about that?
Yes! It’s my second single this year. The songs message is all about having faith in love and in the heart. All the singles coming out this year are all love themed. It’s also definitely a different sound from my previous releases, but has some similarities to my last single ‘My Love’ where I’ve been implementing a lot more samples as well as different influences. I did the rock and punk thing for years and really wanted to develop the sound.
What was the inspiration for it?
Sometimes you just really know some thing inside your heart and can’t quite explain it — there is a faith or some sort of knowingness. Especially when it comes to love or some sort of connection with people. If you really love someone but for whatever reason things aren’t working at the moment. I think it’s about keeping faith and looking within, really trusting and really being able to be in a position where you can love yourself, feel whole and have the capabilities to love others. With that said, I also think it’s about having faith that no matter what love always find a way and the right things will always work out! When I first started writing the music for the song I found the verse sample & built it off that… I felt musically inspired by Rex Orange County. I heard the melody line in my head and composed it and then transferred it to midi. My drummer Ryan also heard some ideas when I showed the first demo to him and we implemented them and just kept going till it was done! I wanted the music to be a real easy listening kind of vibe with a slightly anthemic feel in the chorus.
What was the coolest or most rewarding part of the creative process for it?
I saw a post on Facebook that producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Pete Yorn, Red Hot chili peppers, the Verve Pipe, Soundgarden) had made offering to listen to peoples demos & give some tips/advice via video. I submitted the song. Sometimes when you’re doing your own production, recording, performing, mixing, basically everything it’s really wonderful to get some outside fresh perspective. Ryan is definitely my fresh ears so it was really cool with us getting one more person‘s perspective - Michael gave us some great creative ideas that we implemented which I feel like really improved the sonic structure as well as the dynamics (especially entering the chorus). The song actually didn’t have any drum fills before Michael suggested it as for a change I wanted to keep it super super simple but it really added to it.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I have so many! Grew up listening to a lot of 90s rock but Love everything from all country blues to hip-hop. More recently I’ve been listening to a lot of pop & darker alt pop. I love the Kid Lario, M83, Chvrches, Sia, Daniel Johns. I also listen to so many indie bands, top 100 spotify artists just because of production and being in the studio.
You have had quite a career already, spanning all parts of the music world! Will you give us a rundown of what all you do?
I feel lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to have so many different experiences. Currently I am an Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer, A&R and run my own artist development Label (adiamondheartproduction.com). I do a lot of recording start to finish with various artists and put out releases as well. I help a lot of artists & bands with developing who they are, advice and create release plans.
How did you break into the industry?
My first internships were at epitaph records, Warner chapel music in the A&R dept., Steve Steve Vai‘s record label favor nations & some other places. My first job I landed was doing Internet viral marketing at epitaph records which at the time was talking to kids in message boards and chat rooms.
What advice would you give to artists just starting in the industry?
Take the time to create really great music and take the time to figure out who you are and what your message is. Music is such a powerful thing and you have the opportunity to help change the world so make sure that your messages something really good to help people.
Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!
I’m super active on Instagram @Vanessasilbermanofficial