Unsafe Passage is out now!
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Last week, Byron-based artist Seph Cove unveiled his sophomore EP, Unsafe Passage. To celebrate the release, the musician has shared with MILKY five things he learnt whilst creating the collection of songs.
My second EP, Unsafe Passage, is a journey through my mind at a time when my mind wasn’t always the happiest and clearest of places. It involved writing sessions alone, in cafes and (during lockdown) in my bedroom. I recorded in cabins in a national park and in the middle of a city. I worked with people all over the world and I’m so excited that it is now coming out for everyone to hear. Here are some things I learnt over the making of the tracks.
I LEARNT HOW MUCH I LOVE MAKING MUSIC
I enjoyed every stage of the process of making a song. There is so much time and work that goes into taking words on a notepad and making it a song for the world to hear…and I loved all of it. I’m so excited and proud of this EP and I look forward to it being out in the world. I can’t wait to play my songs live and to start work on the next project.
I LEARNT TO TRUST MY MUSICAL SELF
Through working with such great people like Tim and Luke, who only ever encouraged me to say what I was thinking, I gained so much more confidence in trying sounds that I may have been too afraid to explore previously. Even if they didn’t work, I learnt that unless you trust your vision, you won’t be making your music.
I LEARNT TO LISTEN (AND NOT LISTEN) TO PEOPLE
When you start making and then sharing music, you invariably get confronted with feedback. Sometimes it is really positive, and sometimes not so much. I learnt that it is less about the feedback and more about the person giving it that is important. When you find someone you trust, ask them questions and listen to their response. Those people are absolute gold, hold on to them.
I LEARNT HOW TO STRENGTHEN MY SENSE OF SELF
So much of this EP is an introspective journey through my mind and my experiences over this past 2 years. I became aware that there were parts of me that needed attending to. And I discovered new and very uncomfortable lows. But slowly, and with the help of friends and family – I learnt how to better deal with things and how to deal with life when it doesn’t go according to plan. Writing this EP ultimately proved to be a calming, healing and strengthening process.
I LEARNT THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE LEARNING
Every step of making this EP led me to something new. Writing techniques, singing techniques, recording spaces, genres, moods…the possibilities are endless! I realised how much I enjoyed learning about new aspects of music and how much more I have to learn. I can’t wait!
Unsafe Passage is out now! Read our interview with Seph Cove here.