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We read your previous interviews about the process of making Saving Lights. First you have the melody, then the lyrics. Care to elaborate to us about it?
The original demo was exceptionally s**t. It’s very, very basic and I’m in the middle of working on it. My sister who is also my manager, Roxanne Emery, had a writing session in my studio with Haliene and two other writers. She asked something they can work for the session. I supposed to be in the session as well, but I was an hour late. So I gave them the demo and will join later. When I arrived an hour later, the song has been written already.
Haliene sang it and my reaction was WOW! That’s the best f*****g song I’ve ever heard in years. I made few changes, but the song was finished in an hour.
Is it really meant for anti-bullying?
Yes, that was the aim of the song when they wrote the lyrics. The aim is to helping people going through some tough times of their life. So we want to make a music video that reflect it.
Is the song very personal for you?
Not so much to me, but I know Haliene had hard time when she needed saving lights in her life. It wasn’t because we’re a victim of bullying, but we want to find a way that message to the song could get to many people as possible. The charity we were working together in UK, Ditch The Label, work amazing in helping us in making the music video and I think it’s powerful video. When I first watched it, I was tearing up. It took me maybe 10 times to watch it without having tears in my eyes.
When the song was released, the reaction was so good. How do you feel?
Relieved. We’ve been working on the song for so long. We got the vocal a year before the song was released. If I think the song has a great potential, I’ll work on it over and over again. Me and Standerwick probably made 15-20 versions of the song, trying to get it right. The vocal was amazing and we want to make sure the music gives justice to the vocal. When people like it, it’s relieving.
People shared their stories in video comments. Do you found stories that piqued your interest?
There was so many and it’s really hard to pick one. The first two days the track was released, I’ve read everything. YouTube, Facebook, every single comment. For me it’s just amazing so many people shared their stories with the community. I think it’s hard to post a very personal comment on Facebook. Some people will be f*****g idiot and left stupid comment in it. For me, it’s amazing to see the message touch so many people.
Do you have anything to say for people out there who too afraid to speak up about bullying?
Probably I’m not the best person to give advice. However, please talk to somebody else that qualified to gives you advice. Teachers, parents, whoever in your life that can help you. Personally, if I may add, I had few tough times in my life and it’s easy to think they will last forever, especially when you’re young. You think that, heartbreak or bullying when you’re 15-years old, is gonna last for entire life. They don’t. It will pass and move on. Time is the most amazing healer. However, permanent it may seem now, but nothing is permanent.
We honestly said to Gareth that it's rare to find Trance track nowadays with powerful message such as "Saving Lights" and he agreed. We hope this song can be voice to people who has been bullied to speak up.
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