Clara van Wel, winner of 2012's New Zealand's Got Talent competition, is releasing her debut, self- titled, album on October 25. Her new single Wait For Me was co-written and produced by Don McGlashan. She talks to Vicki Anderson.
Q: Can you tell me about your new single Wait For Me? What is it about?
A: Wait for Me is quite different from the heart-wrenching songs people are used to hearing from me. It's much more fun and upbeat, and I can't help dancing around when I listen to it. It's about the fair-weather friend idea, and is kind of mocking the kind of people who are there when they need you, but not when you need them. The tone is quite sardonic and witty, and some of the lyrics still make me laugh. I had great fun recording it at Roundhead studios in Auckland.
Q: I understand you have been busy writing for your coming album. I remember you telling me in a previous interview you have a hallway in your home which you like to write in, has your writing process changed at all?
A: The way I begin songs is still the same - sitting in my hallway with my guitar and just singing something out from scratch - but I've begun to work harder to tighten up my lyrics afterward. Often I write the bones of a song and then brainstorm some ideas and ask myself what it's about so I have a clear idea of what I want to get across.
Q: You have been working in the studio with Don McGlashan, what is that like?
A: Working with Don McGlashan has been amazing. He's so easy to work with and has brilliant ideas. We work really well together. Don agreed to do some backing vocals on two of the tracks - and he's just one of the incredible musicians I've had the opportunity to work with in the last eight months.
Q: Has your songwriting for the album been on any particular theme? Can you explain your song choices so far and what they mean to you?
A: This album is really about stepping into the world properly for the first time; beginning to grow up and decide who you are. It's thoughtful and fun in equal measure.
Q: Have you had any difficulties in the studio? If so, how do you overcome this?
A: I did lose my voice on one day, but luckily we just recorded the guitar that day, so we managed to get around it.
Q: How has your day-to-day life changed since winning New Zealand's Got Talent?
A: My day-to-day life remains the same; I still go to the same school and have the same friends - I still play my guitar and write songs in the hallway. The difference is that I can now play my music to more people, and I get to do it at a professional level.
Clara Van Wel's self-titled album will be released on October 25.
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