Q: Talk to me about how this song came to be.
Minerva: It started with a simple chord progression and a few tries of lyrics. The chorus came first with the hook, I’d had it stuck in my notes for a few months beforehand and finally found a melody to fit and from there it kinda flowed. Over the years little elements have changed such as a bit more of a progression to the chords.
Q: What inspired this song and how was the writing process throughout?
Minerva: It was written a fair few years back now so it’s difficult to remember exactly how it came about, but I remember being sat at my piano feeling rather disheartened since I was feeling invisible, unheard and so I made myself heard through the song.
Q: What was the biggest lesson you learned in the time of loneliness after recognizing you didn’t have to put up with those who didn’t reciprocate in friendships or relationships? How did that impact the song?
Minerva: I think my biggest lesson was that not everyone will stick around, and you don’t deserve to be treated less than others.
It took a while for me to learn how to enjoy my own company without feeling left out or lonely, but once I did I found that I enjoyed others company more. I wasn’t as insecure and I became more headstrong. I think it impacted the song by giving it new meaning, when it was originally written it is full of insecurity, but singing it with a fresh perspective, its full of independence and knowing what you want.
Q: How long have you been singing/ writing music? Where does this love and passion come from?
Minerva: Since I can remember, I’ve always loved singing and I used to give e my grandparents and their friends at the bowling alley, special performances. The passion has always been there but it’s been driven and encouraged by my parents, they have always been very supportive of me and I’ve been very lucky in that sense.
Q: What do you hope to do with your music next?
Minerva: I’m hoping to release an EP soon and release my handmade merchandise line. Ive had a little bit of writer’s block recently and so I focused most of my energy on developing my website, merch and all the behind the scenes stuff people don’t see, but I can feel the creativity coming back slowly!
Q: What part of this song are you most proud of and why?
Minerva: It’s hard to choose just one area, but I do particularly love the final chorus and outdo, the build up with the call and response harmonies layered with the guitar riff , when it all came together it completed the song for me.
Q: Before the pandemic, were you performing? If so, tell me about one of your favorite live performances. What are you most excited about in terms of performing live again now that things are opening up more?
Minerva: I was performing. One of my favourite performances was at the Night and Day Cafe supporting The Hollow Vandals!
I’m excited about all of it, but the atmosphere of a live performance is one of my favourite things of being a musician, from people singing along to my songs, to the dancing… just all of it.
Interviewed by Kat Rendon