ABIGAIL NEILSON CHATS WITH TMI ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE
AINSLEY HUTTO | 27 April, 2020 at 09:15
Hey Abigail!! So excited to be chatting with you again. How have you been during this crazy time? Can you spill any fun tips to keep your supporters happy and productive during this time at home?
Same here! I’ve been doing pretty good considering what’s going on in the world right now. I’ve been at home for a little over a month now and haven’t left which for some might be very difficult, but since I did online school in High School, I’m pretty used to spending so much time at home already! Some things I’ve done to stay productive have been writing, making fun TikToks, doing live streams on social media and get ready for the release of my next single “Ruby” which is coming out May 8th!
You are gearing up for the release of your new single!! Can you tell us what this song means to you?
“Ruby” is a song I wrote about and for my little sister, Ruby. I got inspired to write it a year ago when I was in Nashville recording my song “Without You.” I played a writer’s round one night and one of the other artists was a sister duo called “Reverie Rosie” and I immediately got the idea to write a song about my sister. This song is very personal, I talk a lot about the things her and I love, but throughout the song I give her some advice on relationship and friendship heartbreak.
How excited are you to get this single out into the world?
I’ve held onto this song for a year now, so I’m extremely excited! I feel like this song will speak to a lot of girls in a way that only an older sister could translate to them. At 14, feeling like everyone in the world is against you is a pretty common thing for us girls. I know I felt that when I was 14! So, having a song not only giving my sister Ruby advice, but having it be able to give other girls the same advice has been a very exciting thought to me for a while now.
Do you have any other release plans for the summer?
Yes, I do! I’m planning on releasing an E.P this summer! There are 5 songs that are on it, and I’m so incredibly happy and thrilled with how they’ve turned out. This E.P is full of my most personal and vulnerable songs, so I was nervous at first trying to figure out who I would have produce them. Thankfully I was able to meet Robbie Artress, who has produced my previous singles “Space,” “Without You,” and also “Ruby.” He was able to capture not only the sound I wanted, but the feeling I wanted to create when people hear the songs. I can’t wait for this project to come out and to see what people think of it!
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
I hope that they are able to relate to it and be able to hold onto it the same way that I hold onto my favorite artists music. These upcoming songs are the ones that really hit my heart, and I’m hoping that my supporters will fall in love with it the same way that I fall in love with music that I relate to. I also hope that they continue to want more music from me since I can’t stop writing!
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
I think the best word to use would be open. I see every single message and comment, and I try my best to get back to everyone who reaches out to me. I wanna know them just as much as they wanna know me, and the best way to know me is through my music which they all seem to really enjoy!
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
Probably that I get really nervous before releasing new music! I’m usually sitting at my kitchen table figuring out exactly how I want to announce everything, how I want it to look visually, and when I announce something is out, I get so nervous and excited at the same time hoping they will enjoy the new music. Putting out new music is the most exciting yet scary thing for me because I unapologetically pour my entire heart into my songs. They’re all stories about my life. Putting my heart out in the open for everyone to see is both scary and exciting. However, seeing everyone’s support and love for the new music every time I announce that something is coming makes me less nervous and way more excited each time!
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Come say hi!! I love meeting new people and it fills my heart with so much happiness when I run into someone and they tell me they love my music and that they play it while they’re feeling down or feeling happy! But please wait until quarantine is over!
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
I want them to know that there is only one of you and being yourself is the best thing you can ever do. Chase your dreams even if people say they’re too far to reach, try something new even if others don’t find it cool, and do whatever you want to do that will fill your heart with joy. What I want my fans to take away from my music is that wearing your heart on your sleeve is never a bad thing. Standing up for yourself is never a bad thing. And staying true to who you are is the best thing you can ever do.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Happiness. There for sure are other things like goals, ambition, and purpose. But I think the best thing would be happiness because they’ve given me so much happiness and have allowed me to have a job that also brings me so much happiness. Writing songs, recording, performing, and releasing music makes me so happy. Getting to connect with my fans through social media brings me so much happiness too. And knowing that the happy experiences that I write songs about bring them happiness too, is the best feeling in the world.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
It’s such a big advantage for multiple reasons. The biggest advantage is that it gives artists connections with other artists, producers, writers, musicians, you name it. But the most important connection it allows us to have is with the fans. We can talk to the people who support us and get feedback and love from them so easily. When you have so many people following what you are doing and who are truly engaging with you, commenting on your posts/music, liking everything you put out and sharing your music on their own social media, it’s something that is so special. You can buy likes, views, followers, etc. But you can’t buy people’s hearts. That’s something you earn overtime and it really shows. So overall, social media is so important to have because it allows you the option to try and earn people’s hearts and love through your music and content.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently and I have so many dreams and goals that I want to accomplish. But some goals of mine that have started to seem close enough to reach are being signed by a label, moving to Nashville, and not only writing songs for myself, but for other artists as well. But my biggest dream would be to release albums every few years and get to tour around the world with them. Performing for people who are singing the words you wrote in your bedroom back to you is such a thrilling experience whether you’re in someone’s living room or in a giant stadium, and I love that feeling.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
I love you and I hope that you continue to love the music that I write for you guys! Also don’t forget to wash your hands and be kind to each other!
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us
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