Well all those songs came out of so much frustration and anger I was feeling at the time towards many systems that we live with today. We have an education systems that pressures very young kids (and their parents) to go to the "best schools" then charge $200k+ to attend with basically negative guarantees of opportunities when you finish...
Living in Kansas was a hinderance at first, but being so separated from what I thought was the “place to be” in music pushed me to meet some people outside my sphere and get out of my comfort zone. The dynamic is so much different when you’re collaborating in person versus online. In person, picking up someone’s style, vibe, charisma, etc. is almost instantaneous.
Most of my lyrics come from dreams and memories. For the EP, I went on a journey into the depths of my soul, pulled out pieces, and arranged them into these lyrical stories. Sometimes lyrics come first, sometimes music.
We would record the sound of a recycling bin for a kick drum, for example, or put the piano through a guitar amp and pedals, so that the sounds are familiar and organic but there’s something new about them.