Safehold - Sound In The Signals Interview

We recently had the opportunity to interview Safehold, an upcoming emo-pop/emo-rap artist who is releasing new album, Boyish today via Mutant League Records. We discussed the new album, lyrical inspiration, merch, and more. Check it out below. 

Your new album, ‘Boyish’ comes out Friday, July 24th. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process?

These songs were all written over the course of a week after I found out Mutant League wanted to sign me as safehold. The recording process took a bit longer but it gave me some time to weed out some songs I didn’t want.

I know you’ve been in punk bands and have written some great music in that genre. What made you want to venture into “emo rap”? What are a couple of the big differences between working on the two?

A lot of people don’t know this but I started out as safehold in early 2018, I’ve been working on that project longer than Wilmette since Wilmette got its start in July of 2018. I write the lyrics/melodies for both projects so it is kind of weird writing things that cater to my abilities and then for Wilmette writing things that cater to Aaron’s abilities. As far as differences in flow/style, it’s not so much since the genres intertwine so we’ll.

You just released a new video for “Loose Ends”. Why did you pick the song as a single

I thought the people who liked early safehold would enjoy this one. It’s a very throwback style song and feels a lot more alternative in its vocal melodies.

You’ve said the song draws lyrical inspiration from your high school years. Can you tell me a little about that?

Yeah, so I feel like that is probably a common thing for a high-schooler to want to be cool. I think this song was just trying to highlight those years where I would sacrifice uncool things that were really cool in hindsight to do things that were cool that were really uncool in hindsight, if that makes sense haha.

Who came up with the concept for the video?

I came up with it, it didn’t have much correlation to what I was writing about, we just wanted to make it seem more like a party. We were originally going to have some people over but quarantine hit and made that virtually impossible.

You’ve also got some neat, custom merch including beanies. What types of merch items would you like to release for the project?

Thank you! We do have more Merch incoming, I think for now it’s just a tee-shirt but it will drop with the album on Friday.

The pandemic has impacted the music industry in a major way. What are some of the different things you’ve been doing to promote the album?

For me, the pandemic hasn’t effected safehold as much. Just in the video department it has but besides that I don’t think it has slowed me down whatsoever in promotion.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Be on the lookout for the album coming out on 7/24! If this is posted after 7/24 then I’m a time traveller coming from a time before the album has dropped to tell you to check out the already dropped album. 

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