In this week’s episode, Andrew Belle tells us the story behind his song “Static Waves.”
Static Waves was really an accident that happened while we were in the middle of making ‘The Ladder’ two years ago. We had just begun production on an up-tempo version of a song from the record called ‘Oh My Stars’ when I realized that I pretty much hated what was being created, haha. It lost all of the thoughtfulness and integrity of the slower version when we sped it up and added a band so I decided to scrap the whole track. Knowing I was getting frustrated, my producer suggested that we rearrange and turn it into a completely different song. Within a few hours I had a completely different melody and lyrics for the track and we began to put the pieces together. By the time I was finished writing, I decided the song would work best as a girl/guy, back and forth type of song so I recruited a friend of a friend (songwriter Katie Herzig) to sing on it with me. I had never met her; only heard her music earlier that year but I knew it would be a perfect fit. Sure enough, she showed up that day in the studio and knocked it out of the park. We even ad-libbed a few fun and quirky lines on the spot (like the ‘Oh no’ in the first verse). Looking back, I am so incredibly thankful that the song happened the way that it did – the record certainly wouldn’t be the same without it.
i would have let you leave (x3)
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