From Los Angeles to Nashville, the alternative-rock artist, producer, and singer-songwriter Soheill releases a breathtaking and emotional single entitled "Red."
While staying true to his rock roots, Soheill became enamored by the sounds of synthesizers and drum programming merged with his organic instrumentation. Since moving to Nashville in 2018, Soheill has seen over 500k Spotify and Apple Music streams while also being featured and interviewed on iHeart Alt Rock Radio 97.5.
More recently, Soheill wrote a plethora of singles during our pandemic, which leads us to his most recent enthralling release, "Red." The single touches on the heavy emotions one lingers through after a breakup while bringing the listener into an emotionally charged soundscape, blurring the lines of electronic and alt-rock.
Listening to "Red," the track begins with downtempo drum breaks and a heavily reverbed electric guitar whaling its way to our hearts. As a tender bass-like synth begins to cascade over the instrumentation, Soheill makes his low and emotional vocal appearance while touching on how he'd give anything to go back in time to when his heart was red.
We're more than impressed by the electronic synth use within this single, as it flawlessly merges with the twangy and heartfelt rock-inspired instrumentation. Making his way through the track with the utmost emotion and passion, Soheill makes it difficult to ignore such an honest and vulnerable piece. Towards the outro, the electric guitars pierce our speakers with their dense distortion alongside Soheill's powerful vocal belt, ending the song with a bounty of introspection.
Sonically travel to better times with help from Soheill's recent emotional single, "Red," now available on all streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Soheill. We're truly moved by the vulnerability and emotion you've placed into your single "Red." When did you begin feeling compelled to create such an honest single like this?
Thank you for the kind words. I feel like in life we lie to ourselves and each other more often than we'd like to admit. "Red" was written on the acoustic in 2017 when I felt like I had lost hope in people and convinced myself that I would be alone forever. There's nothing wrong with being alone, but when you start feeding yourself that dialogue over and over, then it can become a reality. You can read the lyrics from this song and think, "Wow, this guy has issues", or you can read it from the perspective that we all have these kinds of thoughts at one point or another – it's okay to feel hopeless. It's what you do after the thought that matters. I usually write music like it's a journal entry to help me gain perspective. That's why I love music because I know I'm not alone and others can use my words as a catalyst to cope.
During your songwriting process for "Red," did you encounter any personal hardships when reaching into your memories and thoughts to transform them into lyrics? Or was this process rather therapeutic?
I think it was therapeutic because it helped me surrender some of these thoughts that are stuck in my head. Once I express my thoughts on paper, they are then ready to be freed from my conscience.
Did you work with producer Sam Kassirer again for your single, "Red?" Or did you tackle the production process solo? What was the song's recording/production process like?
I worked with Sam Kassirer on my EP, "Somewhere Between Love & War". I self-produced "Red". I loved working with Sam, and he taught me a lot but working from home feels relaxed to me and I can take my time getting the performance I want without any external pressures. I would definitely work with him again, but I also wanted to grow as a producer and explore that side of myself.
Seeing that you've written a variety of recent songs, would you say that your upcoming releases are similar to the tone, feel, and atmosphere of your latest hit, "Red?" Or do the singles travel in a different direction?
The pandemic really put me in a weird mentality where I was constantly trying to stay above water. I have some songs coming up that may be considered "dark" in its mood and lyrical content. I don't like defining myself as one thing, and my music will always evolve. But to answer your question, a couple of the songs have a similar vibe in that they're mellow and use 80's sounding synths. I also have one that's very upbeat and more rock-influenced.