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Good Love Vibes | Q Review
Indie electro-pop artist Gwyn Love talks music and new single ‘Good Vibes’
“Rising indie-pop star Gwyn Love is a force to be reckoned with.” –Beyond The Stage
“moody pop” –CelebSecrets
“pop sounds, sublime vocals, and memorable hooks.” –LefuturewaveIndie electro-pop darling Gwyn Love has released the feel good anthem to your isolation pandemic life. Offering escapism through the good vibrations of the world, Gwyn Love continues forging her own musical path through the challenges of music and life. When asked about her latest and current single ‘Good Vibes’, the Oklahoma raised artists says:
“Good Vibes is about a time in my life where everything felt like it was working and making sense. No matter how bad of a day I had, my friends were always there to cheer me up at the end of it. This was what I had dreamed for my entire life, just to know that I was loved, fit in, and cared for. The energy my friends and I had this summer was so radiant, there was no way everyone around us couldn’t feel it. When things start getting really hard and hectic in my life, I listen to this song and remember the simple happiness I felt at that time and remind myself that I will feel that way again. This song captures a feeling of magic for me, I hope it does for you guys too.“
Like a cotton candy explosion of positivity and cheeky rebellion, Gwyn Love is set to become one of names of 2021. Gwyn marked the first American singer to sign with Vancouver label 604 Records, home to Canada’s biggest acts such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Dallas Smith and Marianas Trench. As a huge fan of Canadian pop-rockers Marianas Trench, Gwyn reached out to 604 Records President Jonathan Simkin, asking about an interview for a school project. After mentioning she was a musician herself, he asked her to send along a demo. A few months later, he signed her to his label.
With more new music including an EP on the way, there seems to be no slowing down for Gwyn Love. So before she becomes the inevitable runaway train success, we thought now was the perfect time to chat and find out a little more about the Gwyn Love vibrations!
Hi Gwynn, thanks for taking the time to chat with us.
Hell yeah, thanks for having me!
For those who are not as familiar with you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in music
I started playing cello at age 5 and quit playing around age 11. I picked up guitar and piano and started writing songs. I’ve also been performing in musicals/plays since I was 7
You’ve recently released your brand new single ‘Good Vibes’. What was the inspiration for the song and how would you describe it?
This song is magical for me. It was inspired by me feeling like everything was starting to come together for me. I felt loved and accepted for the first time in my life.
Both ‘Good Vibes’ and your previous single ‘Never Have to See You Again’ are electro pop styled songs. Who were your music influences growing up?
Growing up I was only allowed to listen to gospel, musicals, and country, but I would listen to pop/punk boy bands in secret (hehe) and that’s when I started writing. My fav bands were Mariana’s Trench, The Maine, The Summer Set, Walk the Moon, Hot Chelle Rae, A Rocket to the Moon, you get the idea. I still love all these bands.
Who are you inspired by in todays music scene?
I love Bea Miller, Loote, Lauv, Lany, Miley Cyrus, the band Camino, Dua Lipa, Sia. There’s so many I could go on and on.
With the world being as it is currently, was ‘Good Vibes’ an energizing song to write? Did it’s creation help with some of the challenges we’ve been experiencing?
So I actually wrote this song last year (2019) – I kind of forgot about it to be honest, because I’ve written so much since then. It was refreshing to hear it again and to release it at such a chaotic time in the world. We all need some good vibes right now.
What is your writing process like? Are you a lyrics or melody first writer?
It comes to me differently every time. Sometimes I’ll say something and be like “omg that needs to be a song” then I try to figure out a melody that works with the lyrics, and then figure out the chords. Sometimes I’ll just hear a melody in my head and try to figure out some lyrics to go with it!
With music being the busy industry as it is, how do you as an artist practice self care to keep you grounded and to combat the stresses that come with a demanding career?
I’m taking a break from social media just because it can be so stressful sometimes and I forget to take care of myself. I’ve found doing simple things that I love helps a lot. Like cooking, dancing really wild by myself, singing loudly in the shower. They seem like silly things but they’re things I’ve done since I was a kid and it helps remind me that people’s opinions don’t matter as long as I’m happy with myself and being the best person I can be.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music?
I hope they feel empowered, happy, hopeful and not alone.
As we understand it you started playing the cello at an early age. How has that early training helped you in creating your current music?
I’m so so thankful my mom forced me to play cello, even though I hated it at the time. I think it really blossomed my love for music. I also learned to read music at an early age which has been very useful, of course.
How did growing up in Oklahoma contribute to your music path?
I think growing up in this conservative state and being liberal caused me to start writing in the first place. I couldn’t express how I felt, I had to wear a mask everyday, but with music I could say how I really felt.
You’ve been signed to 604 Records. How did that relationship come about?
I go to school for music and for one of my classes I had to reach out to someone in the music industry for an interview. I reached out to Jonathan Simkin because he is the manager of Marianas Trench. We ended up talking for a long time and kept in touch. I wrote a really cool song and got it produced and sent it to him and he told me he wanted to sign me! The song I sent him will be on my EP coming out in October by the way! 🙂
Your visual style and aesthetic is very vibrant and fresh. There’s an energy and electricity about it. How does your personal style connect with your musical sense? Do they intertwine do you see them as separate entities?
They definitely intertwine, like my whole style is that I like to wear bright colors and have colored hair because colors make me really happy. So I look in the mirror and see a lot of colors and it makes me smile even if I feel kinda sad on the inside. I feel the same way with my music. Even if I have sad lyrics, I like the melodies/chords to sound happy. I love the juxtaposition. I feel like my music is edgy and colorful just like me.
Having such a signature style, has a branding line been something you’ve considered?
OMG I would LOVE that so much, hopefully someday.
What has been the biggest surprise about your music journey so far?
When I was on set for my music video, everyone was acting like I was a star. Asking me what I needed, scrubbing my shoes, fixing my hair, it was really weird for me coming from this small town in Oklahoma and people treating me like I was special or something. I also got to go to my fav band’s music video shoot and I was LIVING!
And what has been the biggest challenge?
The challenge is always the haters. It’s hard sometimes to just let that shit roll off and not absorb it. Like some people tell me I can’t sing and that one still hits me even though I know I obviously can.
Also people have implied that I only got signed because I’m cute, not because I’m talented. They’re just haters though because I know I can sing and I know that I’m talented. I just have to learn to drown that shit out.
What’s coming next for you with music? What can we expect before the end of 2020 and what are you looking towards in the new year?
I will be releasing my first EP in October and I already have so many songs recorded to release in 2021. I’m just ready to start playing some live shows too!
What’s one last thing you’d like fans to know about you?
I love talking to you guys, don’t be scared to reach out. It honestly makes my day when someone tells me they connected with something I posted or a song I wrote. I love to hear it, I love to connect with people.
‘Good Vibes’ is OUT NOW and streaming on all platforms.