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Exclusive Interview: Alice Merton Dishes On All Things ‘Vertigo’

Exclusive Interview: Alice Merton Dishes On All Things ‘Vertigo’

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If you’re not familiar with Alice Merton allow us to be the ones to change that! You’re not going to want to miss out on what a stellar track ‘Vertigo’ is!

Alice Merton is a pop-rock singer who has had her voice compared to the likes of Adele and Florence Welch! That’s the big league’s baby!! She’s obviously a complete powerhouse and on top of that, is a killer songwriter. The best way to learn more about Alice Merton is to listen to her music as she writes so honestly. She’s already had quite the career with topping the Billboard rock charts as well as being a judge on the German version of the hit show The Voice.

We were lucky enough to get to chat with Alice Merton to pick her brain on our new favorite track! We hope you love reading the conversation as much as we loved having it!

Don’t forget to stream ‘Vertigo’ right here!

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Growing up, you moved around a lot, you lived in Germany, Canada, the US, etc, do you think those different locations and cultures played a role in creating the type of music you play today?
I feel that moving around played a big role in forming my musical taste. I was introduced to so many different styles of music at a young age whilst moving around and experiencing different cultures. I think it also played a big part in how I create stories and write lyrics. As a kid, I loved being creative and using my imagination to kind of guide me through life.

How would you say you have grown as an artist since the release of ‘No Roots’ back in 2017? What’s the biggest difference in your artistry since then?
I was new to the scene when I released ‘No Roots.’ It was my first ever song I put out and I had no idea what to expect. I’ve gained so much experience since then, whether it comes to touring, knowing when I need a break, listening to my gut rather than what everyone is telling me but most importantly not being scared of taking risks when it comes to music. Music is such an individual thing, and I realized that I only want to put out music that I truly love and would want to listen to myself, rather than trying to always please the masses.

This new single is your first release since 2019’s ‘Mint.’ do you feel refreshed and ready to take over the world after that short break?
I feel really refreshed and excited again to put out music. I think I needed that. There was always so much going on in between putting out songs, and I felt like I didn’t have the time I needed to craft the music the way I would’ve liked to.

Your newest track, ‘Vertigo’ is based on your personal experiences and is about that feeling of fear of being judged by others in public, how do you cope with that fear of judgment? Has it become easier to deal with since you’ve become a successful artist?
I’m slowly learning to be okay with myself and my judgment, but it’s a process. I don’t drink for example, and I felt I was always being judged for that. When it comes to music, I’ve accepted that everyone has their own opinion, and that’s okay. I don’t want to be a people pleaser or aim to get Top 10 songs in every country, I just want to put out music that I think is cool, and if I’m lucky there are a few people out there that think it’s cool too.

And, the meaning behind ‘Vertigo’ is so relatable, what advice can you give your fans who may deal with the same feelings in public situations?
For a very long time, I had honestly no idea how to deal with it. I’ve learned that finding a peaceful area where there are few people helps, doing specific breathing exercises, and also thinking about really lovely situations or places you’ve been in your life help. Also trying to focus on a yummy smell helps. Anything that distracts you from the spiraling helps.

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The beat in ‘Vertigo’ is so catchy and inviting, how did the music writing process go for this song? Did you have the beat in mind first or did lyrics come first?
I had written down the word Vertigo a while ago before I went into the session with the producer. We spent the day talking about random things and bonding over our upbringing in Canada. At a certain point, we both started playing around with melodies, and the lyrics kind of just wrote themselves.

The music video for ‘Vertigo’ made us feel like we were watching a movie! Can you explain the concept behind the video and the story you’re trying to tell us?
I wanted to make something really special for Vertigo. In the video you see me discover this dystopian world that I suddenly am part of, but somehow don’t feel like I belong to. I meet different characters along the way that are all part of my subconscious, and I’m not sure what’s real and what’s not. The video describes the feeling of Vertigo, where you don’t have control over a situation and you feel like you’re spiraling. You’re trying to understand it, but often fear and panic aren’t something that’s immediately understandable.

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‘Vertigo’ is definitely on our heavy rotation playlist, but what songs have you been listening to the most lately?
Thank you so much! That means the world to me if you enjoy playing it! I’ve been listening to a bunch of different music. Manchester Orchestra, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, JP Saxe, to name a few.

You are co-founder of Paper Plane Records International, congratulations on that! What’s the biggest difference with having your label, and does recording on your label have its pros and cons?
Thank you! I think the biggest advantage is having creative freedom and knowing that I own my rights. Seeing what some artists have gone through to gain back ownership of their rights is quite devastating. There are cons as well though, it’s a lot of work and it takes a lot of self-initiative and planning to do it.

What can fans look forward to in the near future?
Lots of new music 🙂

We would love to hear from you guys! What do you think of our talk with Alice Merton? Let us know by commenting down below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! We are also on Facebook and Instagram!

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