‘Melancholic, intimate, eerie’ | Interview with Cecil Opia

Cecil Opia’s last work is sentimental, highly kind and seriously sensitive. Cecil intends to make their listeners feel less alone. And thankfully, for our own sake, manage to accomplish that entirely. Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Melancholic, intimate, eerie.

Tell us a few things about everything ends. What is the story behind it?

At its core, “everything ends” is about not wanting good things in your life to end and how it can be challenging to live in the moment when you know nothing lasts forever.
It is also the first song from my upcoming EP that explores the concepts of love and self-worth while narrating the story of a toxic relationship. You can probably already spot some red flags in the lyrics of this song. The chromatic movement in the chorus melody and the slight dissonance in the verses are meant to evoke danger and anxiety, whereas the dreamy keys, pads, and gentle drums in the instrumental are meant to evoke the feeling of being in love in the honeymoon phase.

Your most honest and personal lyric?

“what’s the amount of words I can use before I expire?”

Your songwriting uses metaphors extensively. Tell us a song, with really metaphoric lyrics, you wish you had composed yourself.

I’m a big Halsey fan, and there’s a song on their latest album called “You asked for this” that has some of the most clever writing I’ve heard!
But questions like this are always tricky because I wouldn’t want to live in a world where the original version didn’t exist.

Your music has a strong dose of melancholia. Why does melancholy feel so good?

Melancholic music has an almost soothing effect on me. When the world we live in is so loud, a song with a healthy dose of soft melancholia can help you breathe and deal with pent-up emotions you might be carrying inside.

If the music of Cecil Opia was used in the end titles of any film, which film would you choose?

If I had to choose an existing film, “Perfect Blue” by Satoshi Kon would be my pick. It’s one of my all-time favourites, and I think my music would fit the feel of the film.
As a person who also composes music for video games, short films, et cetera, the relationship between visual and auditive storytelling has always been close to my heart.

How do you cope with the fact that nothing lasts forever?

As you can probably tell from the way “everything ends” is written, it is something I struggle with. Time can be a terrifying concept but I do see the beauty in it as well. And what’s comforting is that it also means that the difficult times in our lives don’t last forever.

What’s your advice to humanity?

LISTEN. You can’t always see when somebody’s hurting.
I believe that most of the hatred in the world stems from a lack of understanding, and we should all educate ourselves by listening to one another. Everybody’s story matters.

Thank you!

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