500 Year Flood – My High Love [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Groovy, sensual, smooth

Tell us a few things about your new song “My High Love”. What is the main idea behind it?

My High Love is an ode to self love. It’s a positive and uplifting song that encourages women to seek their highest love. To treat themselves lovingly, with kindness and with care.

“My High Love” contains more pop elements than our previously released music, but maintains our characteristic neo-soul guitar lines at its core. The song is melody driven and accompanied by a blanket of wavy synths and hard hitting drums.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

We wrote this song with our good friend and frequent collaborator Robin Schorr. When we write with Robin she is mostly lyric focused and we are mostly melody focused, although we all do collaborate on both sides of the song as well. One of our favorite lines from the song is “hear the moment, feel the sound.” We love the paradoxical nature of it. It seems absurd, but it’s actually not. There are several moments where we, as humans, can actually hear a moment, whether it’s a tense, intense or exciting situation as well as feel a sound. Everybody who is in love with music can relate to actually feeling a sound but also, there are certain sounds in meaningful or dangerous situations that you can quite literally feel.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Kay-Kay: I find myself being most influenced and inspired by strong female forces in music. I’m currently finding a ton of inspiration from Sinead Harnett, Snoh Aalegra, H.E.R., JoJo… but my inspiration doesn’t come solely from R&B artists. I also find so much inspiration in the voices of Cam, LÉON, Brandi Carlile and so many other incredible women.

Fili: Aside from every artist Kay-Kay mentioned, I also take inspiration from “guitar playing songwriters” like John Mayer and Omer Fedi as well as “groovesters” such as Vulfpeck and Cory Henry. We always have some sort of guitar/groove element in our music.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Kay-Kay: I think for me, the biggest challenge is just figuring out the right path to take. There’s no set guide to success in the music industry, it’s all just figuring it out as you go. But it’s been fun to try out new ideas and let inspiration guide me!

Fili: I think discovering our sound, as artists, was a big challenge. We both have so many influences and we have played several different styles of music all our lives but when we first started writing music together it took us a while to actually get to our sound, and most importantly, a sound that we both loved and felt proud of. I feel we now have a sound, a voice. The idea however is that the voice/sound will be ever changing. We’ve found our sound at this moment in time, but hopefully in years we will have yet another voice that we identify with because I believe it should always be moving in any direction other than standing still.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Kay-Kay: I would tell my younger self that there is no one path you have to take in life. What may work for one person may not feel right for you, and that’s okay! Follow your intuition and keep going, always. Focus on your own creativity instead of looking to others around you. Always look inward to guide yourself forward.

Fili: I would tell myself to make it a goal to get out there and meet as many people and musicians as possible and from the beginning collaborate and write with them. Be confident in your talent and skills and get in rooms with other musicians as much as possible.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Kay-Kay: I would either start a clothing brand, be an event planner or be some sort of nomad.

Fili: I’ve never done anything aside from music related work so it’s very hard to imagine, but I know it would need to be something that didn’t involve working at an office every day. Something creative that involved problem solving and traveling. Seeing the world. Something where I love what I’m doing, I get to travel and see the world, meet new people, all while making an enormous amount of money. If you find out what that job is, please let me know.

Thank you!

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