Artist: Simon XO
Single: "There's A Way Out"
You just released your third single, “There’s A Way Out”. What’s the meaning/story behind the song?
I was going through a band and relationship break up at the time I wrote this single, and I was forced to ask myself why I would consistently put myself in situations that were unhealthy for me, emotionally. My previous single “How Do I Fight It” embodies my exploration of that question, but I think “There’s A Way Out” is my attempt to resolve it. It’s all about embracing your doubts and holding onto the people you care about through the ups and downs.
Do you have a favorite song of the three out so far? Why?
They all mean so much to me, honestly. This one might squeak out ahead of the others though because it feels so conclusive.
Who else would you like to collaborate with?
Definitely Jack Garratt, love that guy’s music. Or Sufjan Stevens or Chance the Rapper.
What sparked your aural addiction?
Hmm let’s see…. In order of addiction, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, John Lennon, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and many more haha.
When you're lacking in inspiration, how do you kick start your creativity?
I think I’ll either listen to music that I know inspires me, or read (shout out David Foster Wallace).
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is my favorite show of all time. I watch it almost every day, no exaggeration.
What can fans expect from Simon XO next?
I’ve got a live video for "There's A Way Out"! And shows coming up! You can follow me on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram to get updates.