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Q+A With Coyle Girelli


NYC-based English troubadour Coyle Girelli is back with a breath taking new single Here Comes My Baby, a song filled with sweet longing amidst a strange and confusing world, released today. Here Comes My Baby is accompanied by a stunning visualiser, perfectly tailored to suit the yearning at the heart of the song. The new single precedes Coyle Girelli’s new album Funland, written in isolation and set for release on
February 25 – the album is available for pre-order now. We caught up with Coyle to learn more.

Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?

Hi! You’re welcome! Thanks for having me. Today I started with a good ass kicking in the gym then have been working away on some new music for the rest of the day. It’s also -1000 degrees today in NYC I’m not going outside. 

Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for? 

I’ve been creating music for as long as I can remember. I’d make a theme tune for everything I was doing when I was a kid. Then when I was about 11 or 12 I got a guitar for my birthday and taught myself how to play it to Oasis and Nirvana tunes and have been writing songs constantly ever since. I had pages and pages of lyrics and stories everywhere. 

I quickly formed band with 3 friends at school which became Your Vegas / The Chevin and the rest is history. We got our first record deal while at university in Leeds, England and didn’t look back.  Obviously there’s a lot more to that story…

Who are your greatest inspirations?  Why?

I try pull inspiration from everywhere really. There was a lot of music played in my house growing up. My parents both love music. My grandma would play Italian operas. Puccini and Verdi mainly. My dad played a lot of Americana like Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. I feel like I kind of marinated in all of that music as a kid and that’s stayed with me. To this day I still love all that stuff. I love the opera and go regularly in New York to the Met. Puccini is the greatest melody writer in history in my opinion.  I just love anything that makes me feel. That really connects.  And love Americana. The imagery, the earthy sounds of the music and the heart on sleeve lyrics. 

As well as this I’d say over the years that David Bowie,  Kate Bush, Springsteen, Roy Orbison and The Beatles are constant influences. Musically this new album was more influenced by the music I was listening to when I wrote it.  A lot of Leonard Cohen, The War on Drugs, Alvvays, Hamilton Leithauser, Cigarettes After Sex and Springsteen.

How do you create music?  Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first?  Explain your process.

I’m usually a melody first man. I consider myself a melody addict. I love it. I love how just a few notes can make someone feel an emotion, or see a memory, or feel a person who isn’t there. As a songwriter I also believe that the melody is king. If you can’t hum it what’s the point. Maybe that’s the Brit in me. We love our melody. 

Sometimes the melody pops in my head, sometimes it takes a minute to find it. I’ll play on guitar or piano usually to find a vibe and melodic hook that feels good. Then i’ll mumble a bit to see what lyrics come. Then finally I’ll sit down and create the rest of the lyrics from the feeling of the song. I keep lyric ideas and notes in notepads I keep near me when I write (too many notepads). 

All that being said I’ve written a lot of songs half asleep in the shower. Songwriting is a kind of magic you know!  Sometimes the songs choose you. 

What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?

I think keeping fresh and inspired – it’s not so much a challenge but it’s something I’m constantly aware of. I’m always trying to figure out “what’s next.” Always looking for a new story.  

Tell us about your new single ‘Here Comes My Baby’, how did it come about?

I wrote the whole FUNLAND album in the first few months of lockdown. “Here Comes My Baby” came together pretty quickly during all the writing. I tried not to overthink it and just go with the vibe. It felt good off the bat so it was basically making sure I kept that feeling as I added more to it and properly recorded the drums and rest of the instruments in the studio once back in Brooklyn. Even with the vocals I ended up going with the first rough vocal as the final take as it just had the right feel.  

‘Here Comes My Baby’ is from your forthcoming album ‘Funland’ due out at the end of Feb, what can fans expect from the album?

FUNLAND is a magic collection of songs full of interesting characters, sounds, smells  and moments.  It’s a night out on the town. It’s a love at first sight and it’s a teenage heartbreak. It’s getting lost in your city and finding the best secret bar you’ve ever been to. 

Tell us your favourite Zen practice.

Walking in Central Park. It’s peaceful and quiet and I spend a lot of time in there thinking/meditating. 

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