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Hear The Dichotomy Of Light And Dark With Simon XO's Double Singles

February 16, 2018

Artist: Simon XO

Double Singles: "Waiting For Me To Break" / "How Do I Fight It" 

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Tell us about your new double single release, “Waiting For Me To Break” / “How Do I Fight It”? Do you have a favorite of the two songs?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I really like both of them for very different reasons. Sonically, they feel sort of Yin and Yang to me; “Waiting for Me to Break” is very dark, and “How Do I Fight It” is very bright. “Waiting” started off this batch of songs and is about the breakup that sparked it, while “Fight It” kind of encompasses how I was feeling at that point in my life, that I knew there was something wrong but I also knew it didn’t have to be that way.

 

What other musicians would you like to collaborate with?

Oh jeez, that’s pretty much the question I ask myself every day. Living: Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Jack White, Radiohead, and Kimbra, just off the top of my head. Dead: Elliott Smith, John Lennon, and Kurt Cobain. And my dream producer (that counts as a musician right?) is definitely Rick Rubin. I’ve been a diehard fan of his since I was 14.

 

What comes first for you, the lyrics or the music?

99% of the time the melody and music come first. And then the lyrics take foreeeverrrr. Lyrics are very important to me so I almost never think they’re good enough and/or finished.

 

What sparked your aural addiction?

My parents really love music so it’s been around me since before I can remember, but Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” really kicked it off for me when I was around 12.


If/When you're lacking in inspiration, how do you kick start your creativity?

I either listen to one of a couple dozen songs that I know will always make me feel creative, or I read. David Foster Wallace has really been doing it for me recently.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know. 

I own two of these:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and I wear them pretty much every day (not many people know because I never wear them in public).

 

What can fans expect from Simon XO next?

There are more singles on the way, an EP later this year, and debut shows in February!

  

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