A Is For Arrows

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

Toronto, Ontario

How did you first start playing music?

My mom put me in guitar lessons when I was younger and I actually hated them! Crazy, right? It made me put the guitar down for years. Funny that I’d figure out my passion was music years later. After I graduated highschool, I started putting covers up on youtube and that was it! I was in love with music. I didn’t want to do anything else, especially when I started writing my own lyrics.

What’s been happening recently and how  has your Covid experience been so far?

A lot of writing, my goal right now is one song a day! The covid experience has been an emotional rollercoaster for sure. At the beginning it was tough, my anxiety was pretty bad- I had a lot of fear around the whole situation, but as time went on I started to get into a great routine. I learned how to manage my anxieties by exercising more frequently…also, I go for long walks and listen to new music and I’ve been connecting with friends(distanced and outside). Finding ways to make this new normal feel like the old normal.

Your new single ‘Can’t Stop’ is now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

YES! Well, I’m obsessed with arpeggiated bass. If I could have it in every song, I would. At the time, I was listening to a lot of ‘Now, Now’ – they’re this amazing indie band that I love. I was inspired by their lo-fi 80’s pop sound, so at first I wasn’t even trying to write a song. I was just trying to produce a beat that kind of emulated what the songs on their album made me FEEL. They made me feel care-free, that hands up, driving through the night, wind in your hair type of vibe.  

How did you go about writing ‘Can’t Stop’?

After I made the beat, It kind of sat there for a while, not really inspiring anything but one day, out of nowhere -one line and a melody popped into my head. “can’t stop lovin you” just spilled out. A couple months after that, I held a writing camp in a log cabin in the middle of the woods with zero reception (a recipe for a horror film) and finished the song with my artist/producer friends. I think it’s pretty obvious what it’s about haha. It was just one of those songs that had to be written. 

Where and when did you record and who with?

The song was actually written last November 2019. It stayed a demo until the middle of July 2020. In order to get this song to the world, we basically worked every night for a month. Late nights trying to get it right!  I worked with one of my writing partners Ben Nudds and producer Joel Stouffer. Ben was there for all of my vocal booth breakdowns haha.

What programs/instruments did you use?

I use logic when I demo a song or a beat. I usually play some guitar and the rest are programmed instruments!

What do you like to do away from music?


Who are you listening to at the moment?

Dominic Fike

What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?

Work, work, work, work, work… and i’m so down for it. 

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Pho is my favourite food right now. Probably always haha! My favourite place to hangout is definitely my place of course! Couldn’t find a better vibe!



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