THEA – I Lied

THEA – I Lied

 

ARTIST NAME: THEA

 

SONG TITLE: I Lied

 

RELEASE DATE: 25 February 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Rock

 

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Between her mom’s Gospel and her dad’s love for jazz, Franco American singer-songwriter, THÉA developed a passion for soul music.

 

At an early age, she entered a music program to remedy her shy nature. There she learned to play several instruments (guitar, piano and drums) and was encouraged to compose music of her own.

 

At fifteen, she released ‘Drink,’co-written with lyricist Lydia Golding. It appeared on JAW’s Midtown album, marking her official start as a singer-songwriter.

 

Her move to London in 2017 to study songwriting marked the next stage of her career.

 

In 2018, she formed her retro-soul band THÉA FULL BAND, with influences from Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones and Selah Sue.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

If I had to summarize what my fans say about my work, it would be soulful, smooth, warm, powerful, emotional, nostalgic and honest.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

A song quickly becomes my favourite if it gets stuck in my head after listening to it once…

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Mark Ronson, Jay Newland, Jerry Duplessis and Steve Jordan.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Norah Jones, Fiona Bevan and John Mayer.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

I really love this French series called Dix Pour Cents, about the job of agents for actors.

 

It’s hilarious and you get to see the amount of hard work that agents must do to keep their clients happy and in business.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

My best mood to write a song is usually late at night (when I’m just supposed to be sleeping) or when I’m late to be somewhere.

 

I guess that knowing that I must be doing something else – and feeling rushed – urges me to write down more ideas for my songs.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

Success to me is living comfortably off my own music. Fame to me is being recognized in public… though I have to say that it scares me a lot.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Norah Jones, Selah Sue, Dua Lipa and John Mayer.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

The first time I recorded in a studio was when I was 15. I had just co-written my first song and my brother, as a birthday surprise, flew me to a studio in London to record and produce it.

 

I remember feeling excited and nervous at the same time. It was incredibly fun though. The song is called ‘Drink’ and you can find it on Jaw’s Midtown album.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

I usually start my songs with a melody that I like. I then find chords that will make the melody sound the best. Finally, I’ll write the lyrics.

 

Another approach that I have been practicing a lot more these days is trying to write songs that sound like my favourite song of the moment. So, I’ll study the chord and melody patterns of the song and then try to make it my own. My first single ‘Côte d’Azur’ was inspired by ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Nat King Cole.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I love it! Bending genres and experimenting sounds gives way to so much creativity! You never know what could happen!

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I deal quite badly with rejection, but I am still working on it!

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

Singing has always been very liberating for me – especially when I’m playing with my band. It’s like releasing the bad energy that’s inside me.

 

Also, I love the audience’s reaction when I start singing at a gig. I love getting their attention.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

An analog recording keeps the physical recording – so the signals from the microphone are immediately put on tape. A digital recording is sampled and turned into numbers – hence comes the notion ‘sample rates’ for some recordings.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

I recorded my vocals with my Samson microphone in my bedroom. I recorded in my closet so that my clothes would absorb some of the external sounds.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Logic Pro.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and selling of digital files through digital stores.

I feel like the selling of CDs and digital files through digital stores is great, but not that popular. People are into access over ownership. They would rather be streaming a song on Spotify rather than owning an actual copy of it. Yes, it does reduce one revenue stream for musicians, but it is what it is.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘I Lied’ was written late at night, when I was feeling ashamed for betraying my friends.

 

I had already been working on the melody and the chord sequence for a long time before, but that night, the lyrics came so easily. I felt so foolish for lying to people I trusted the most.

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Elaborate on your artist name.

My name is THÉA. It’s my actual name. My artist’s name is in capitals because I want to be shown that I’m here. I want people to know that THÉA was there. I want my name to have an impact on people and be more eye-catching.

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Share your press release and review with us.

THÉA’s latest single released on the 25th of February will break your heart.

 

The Franco-American singer wrote ‘I Lied’ to portray the repercussions of being young, naive and making bad choices.

 

THÉA pours out her emotions while she apologizes for damaging a friendship.

 

The slow, soul ballad makes use of organic instruments only: guitars, bass and drums. ‘I Lied’ has a complex chord structure, swinging from minor to major chords to emphasize the melancholy of the singer.

 

 

The single begins with 2 haunting guitars that fingerpick through complex chords before THÉA’s soulful vocals come in. This sets the song to an uneasy atmosphere.

 

As the instruments get into the pre-chorus, the velvety bass and drums join in. During the second verse, ‘I Lied’ shows ambiguity as the electric guitar harmonizes with the melody of the vocals.

 

The melancholy of the rhythm, the dull tone and the slow transitions of THÉA’s new single gives way to a dark, heartfelt and unique ballad.

 

THÉA and her band will be celebrating the release of ‘I Lied’ at Lighthouse in London on the 5th of March. THÉA FULL BAND are not to be missed.

 

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