INTERVIEW: Oh Well

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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having me, VENTS! Things have been crazy the past few months. Social media has been insane to keep up with in terms of police killings of innocent P.O.C., the general dumpster fire that is the Trump presidency, COVID-19, mass protests and violence from law enforcement against unarmed civilians. Besides all that…I’ve personally been well; and I feel more fueled than ever to create new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost Time Traveler”?

As I wrote this song I envisioned a brilliant scientist with a wife and children he loved very much. He worked long hours on projects and would begrudgingly miss family events for work. One day he invents a time traveling device, and as he begins testing the prototype, something goes wrong. He becomes lost—trapped between space and time in a sea of nothingness. In vain, he wishes he could be with his family again. Alone and desperate, he screams with despair to go back to the time before he built this stupid time machine.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

We are all impacted differently by the world around us. I have particularly found it hard to reconcile our current timeline with the past. For instance, Barack Obama, an African-American, was once president of the U.S. Now, in president Trump’s America, the KKK appears to be alive and well. But I digress. What inspired me was my desire to go back in time. To go back to a time “before.” Before all of this happened. Before COVID, before the Trump presidency, before Epstein was murdered so it actually went to trial, etc. I want to go back to that timeline. That’s what inspired me to write “Lost Time Traveler.”

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

The lyric video is now streaming on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjaBAf-Hhzs

How was the recording and writing process?

Everything was written, performed, recorded & mixed by sole member of Oh Well, Ryan Oswald. This song was super fun to remix, especially the effects on the vocals in the chorus.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Before I moved to Chicago I lived up in Madison, WI. A few years ago I was in Chicago for a Born of Osiris concert and literally moshed into the girl of my dreams. Fast forward four years later and we’re living in Chicago together, going to shows, etc.  One day when my girlfriend was out building a home for Habitat for Humanity, I wrote a song about her that became “Falling for You” and my first track as Oh Well. If it weren’t for Chicago, the music capital of the midwest, these stars wouldn’t have aligned. Once COVID is done keeping venues closed, I can’t wait to gig some more in this fantastic city.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

This newest single is intended to keep my fans held over until my next EP is ready, which should be just a few more months. I’ve got at least a half dozen unfinished songs sitting in the hopper that I’m really excited about. I’m super picky, so a few will stay unfinished, but the next EP should have a good three to five tracks on it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Winter 2020-21 ideally.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not quite yet. Can’t wait to gig in Chicago as things open up!

What else is happening next in Oh Well’s world?

Oh Well is looking for other anti-pop and rap artists to collab with. Interested parties should please reach out to [email protected]

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