Writing from a Different Perspective: An Interview with Vaeda Black

Laying around Vaeda Black’s house are notebooks. Dating as far back as her days as a preschooler, these notebooks are filled with phonetically spelled words that roughly translate into her very first songs. Her songwriting - and spelling - has improved over time, and is a beautiful look back into where her passion started.

Her parents shared not only their creative genes with her but introduced her to a variety of music at an early age. Her pre-teen years were when she found her own taste in music, and by the time high school came around she knew music was a career she wanted to pursue.

“I grew up around creativity and I think that really inspired me to create as well,” she said. “I feel like being in this environment has shown me how to express myself artistically and that's probably why I love it.”

Music became an emotional outlet for her, and she found that final push into the music industry during a summer catering job. She was on the set of a music video, and the woman in charge of the catering company introduced her to the producer of the music video.

“He actually really helped me start getting serious about what I was doing because I just thought of it as a hobby before,” she said. “I think if I hadn't taken that job I probably would not be where I am today.”

She has learned a lot about her songwriting process and how difficult she finds it to be if it’s not authentic or a topic she is passionate about. Whether it stems from a poem written down in the Notes app on her phone or a melody she finds herself humming around the house, she finds inspiration from being around people or something she’s personally going through.

Her background in acting is where her love for storytelling comes from, and she recently used that concept in her single “Drunken Tears”. She thoroughly enjoys being able to put herself in somebody else’s place and understand who they are and what they’re going through. She mixes that with her love of horror to create lyrics such as “need to pick a bone, your ribs will be just fine”.

“I want to explore parts of myself through somebody else's perspective,” she said. “Sometimes writing from a different perspective, maybe one that's not necessarily your own or your beliefs, helps you understand that different perspective so I think it's important to play with that.”

Vaeda Black may not be filling up notebooks with lyrics these days, but her love for music hasn’t gone anywhere. She has learned a lot about herself and is using those learning experiences to continue to create music she is passionate about.