Artist Interview: “Trying To Say” by Lance Rodriguez

Q: This song is very heartfelt and meaningful – we can hear the passion behind your voice. What was your creative process in making “Trying To Say”?

Lance: The creation for Trying to Say began at the end of a long day of tracking. I was sitting on the floor in Mark’s apartment when he asked, “.. hey, what do you think of this piano piece?”. I loved it and right away had things to say over it. I pulled out my phone, hit record, and 30 minutes later we had our first official draft. My creative process tends to start with a freestyle as did this one.

Q: What was your experience working with award-winning producers and musicians Mark Rodriguez, Arif Elahi, Cobe Jones, and Andrew Joslyn?

Lance: It was an amazing and insightful experience getting to work with the artists on this track. I am thankful for my manager, Omar Hernandez, to have connected me with composer/producer Mark Rodriguez. Mark is an absolute beast. What he hears in his head, he goes after relentlessly. He has reinvented my idea of work-flow and shown me a new meaning of hard work. Cobe Jones has that ear for missing pieces. After adding his production, the song revealed a new light and potential. Andrew Joslyn is someone I believe has a genuine love and connection with music. He really took it above and beyond with the orchestration. Arif Elahi has an ear for sound like no other. He really opened my understanding of what someone can do with engineering sound. I can’t express enough my appreciation and admiration for my team.


Q: Did any real-life events occur in your life that inspired the song?

Lance: Trying to Say isn’t about one specific event but rather is a compilation of experiences performing and writing over the years.


Q: What was your favorite moment in making the music video?

Lance: Favorite part of the music video is hard to say! I loved getting together with old friends for the venue shots, but all in all, working with the 24 Frames media team was a blast!

Q: You’ve got a phenomenal voice and powerful style! Who are your biggest influences?

Lance: Thank you for the awesome compliment! My biggest influences are Bob Marley, John Mayer, Anthony Kiedis, and Drake.


Q: What is coming up next for you?

Lance: This year is more about building and solidifying who I am as an artist. I am currently working on my first conceptual EP, which is on route to drop this fall/winter. I will also have a few singles to release in between now and then.


Q: What would you like to tell your supporters out there? 

Lance: To all my supporters, know that I am inspired directly by you. I appreciate you more than you know and can’t wait to make you proud. I will share as much as I can throughout this journey. If you’re ever in need, know that I’ve got your back, reach out I am your ally.

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