“I can draw a pretty good front-facing plane” | Interview with Reno McCarthy

Reno McCarthy’s latest single “Sundown” from his upcoming album “Run Up River” is delicate, emotional and with a hint of nostalgia. Read our interview with the singer-songwriter-producer below!

Describe your sound in three words

A night drive

That G minor in the chorus of “Sundown” really got me hooked. Tell us a few things about your new song, your creative process and what inspired you to write this song?

Haha thanks for pointing that out! Sundown started out with the verse chords and groove, and the melody came quickly after. I didn’t make too much of it until I figured out a chorus, and that chord you’re talking about is the one that really got me excited about the song. I wrote the lyrics in my phone while people watching at the bar.

Is songwriting a lonely process?

Depends on the project but for my solo work, absolutely. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s important for me to have an intimate, one-on-one, fully exclusive relationship with the songs. I like collaboration in every other part of the music-making process, but the sitting down and writing and expressing something in its simplest form, I really prefer that to be “mine”.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Anything from my song Saturday, off my EP Angels Watching Us Dance. I wrote it on the eve of my dad’s funeral so it cuts pretty deep.

What is your biggest fear?

Humans being dumb and the planet crumbling.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When they need something to relate to.

If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

I do wish the industry revolved less around speed and a quantity-over-quality mindset. I feel like that would actually improve the listening experience. Being constantly flooded by content and new music is not conducive to really falling in love with stuff. Some of my favourtie records I’ve had to listen to two or three times before I “got” them. It’s hard to find the motivation to really dig into things these days with the sheer amount of options available.

One last thing we should know about you?

I can draw a pretty good front-facing plane

Thank you!

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