An Interview with Sing-Songwriter and Producer, SEANU!
Baltimore-raised and Seattle-based Singer-Songwriter & Producer Seanu recently released his newest single titled “BB Girl.” The song, all about finding love in a new city is the energy that is fueling this latest single. It’s all about getting wrapped up in the small details of blossoming love. The smiles, the outfits, and most of all, those intimate details that expose themselves so coyly when you start sharing your world with someone.
At just 17, Seanu emerged as front man of the five-piece funk rock band ‘Realtalk.’ Five years later, Seanu moved again further westward, this time to Seattle to pursue a solo career. Seanu’s voyage across the country surfaces repeatedly as the theme in his music, including his single “BB Girl” which divulges little details of young love in a new city and getting wrapped up in all the small details. The smiles, the outfits, and most of all the intimate details that slyly escape as you start sharing your world with someone new. “BB Girl” lives in those moments with its fragile production and vocals expertly delivered by Seanu.
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Learn more about Seanu in the following All Access interview:
What does a typical day look like for you? What do you have scheduled the rest of today and this week?
I wake up around noon, make a pot of coffee, check my email, and then spend the rest of the day in my basement studio writing and producing new material. I usually stop to eat something around 3 or 4PM, then back down to the studio. I’ll eat again usually around 10PM and stop working to sleep around 3AM. This week, I’m working on two different songs – one is fully written and needs to be produced, the other I am going to finish writing.
Now that we are in the latter half of the year, how has 2019 treated you? What are some goals that you have had for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them or did you already? What are you already excited about for this fall and even looking towards 2020?
2019 has been fruitful. This is the fourth single I’ve released this year. In the beginning of this year, I was working a 9-5 while itching to work on music full-time. In June, I quit my job and have been able to focus solely on music, which has been a blessing. I’m excited to put more songs in the hopper.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be in this industry? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
I grew up in a really loud, crowded, cozy house. My dad was usually baring classic rock and my siblings were walking around singing a lot. Making noise was encouraged. I used to walk down to my friend Dee’s house and play the drum set in his basement when no one was home. Eventually, his parents got sick of coming home to the racket, and my dad bought me a drum set that lived in my bedroom.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I saw a band called SOJA perform at the Recher in Townson, Maryland, when I was 16. Nothing seemed as important to me as being in that room. It was not so much a decision to pursue music as it was that I consistently fell into it naturally. Like a lot of small decisions that I made that put me where I am right now.
I used to work at a restaurant and was always fascinated by the art of cooking. If I couldn’t make music, I might take a swing at being a chef.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part about it all?
Producing and writing are intertwined, much more than I’d imagined. Producing has been a challenge, but the more I learn, the more control I have over the way my songs turn out. The best part has been watching my skills improve.
Let’s talk about your newest single “BB Girl.” What was the inspiration for this track? How would you say that it compares to your previous tracks?
The inspiration is sitting across from me right now in this bar in Portland.
This is the first time I’ve collaborated on a single. Sleepwalk City (Henry Slater) co-produced the track with me, and I think you can tell. It combines his elements of EDM production and my style of songwriting.
When do you plan on releasing more new music and a full collection of new sings?
New single in November!
Where can people see you perform next? Do you have any fall tour dates scheduled yet?
I’m not playing out right now. I’m focusing on writing and producing for the foreseeable future.
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
Recording music is kind of like looking in the mirror. For a long time, I was working on music without listening back analyzing my own skills. Now that I’m reaching and producing my own material, I’ve been able to hone in on singing and playing in a much more specific way.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far?
Social media is exhausting, but it’s a good way to wave your arms in the air for attention. I do think that good music speaks for itself, but you need to be your biggest advocate before anybody else is going to care about what you’re doing.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music/ Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
D’Angelo, John Mayer, Kiefer, Ben Harper.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
I’m dangling from a helicopter over the Pacific Ocean, flying forward at 50 miles per hour. There’s ocean in every direction as far as the eye can see. The camera is circling around me. I’m naked and playing my acoustic guitar which is covering the essentials to keep it SFW. As the video goes on, I’m getting closer and closer to the water until the final chorus, where I’m now being dragged dramatically through the ocean while I belt out the lyrics. At the very end, I am cut loose from the helicopter line and the video shot falls further and further from me, stranded, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Where would you love to hear a song of your played?
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope people forget completely about their surroundings and instead live inside of the song for just a brief moment.