Abby Wolfe ‘s new single Free Falling is a beautiful Frankenbaby of a song, stemming straight from the minds of the former Dunedinite, along with Evan Sinton (aka Maala), Leisure‘s Djeisan Suskov and American songwriter Maize Olinger. The four of them found themselves in one room, tasked to write a song together at SongHubs earlier this year, and this song is the result. NZM asked Abby a few questions about the collaborative aspect of Free Falling.
It was at SongHubs 2019 which was held at Roundhead Studios. Each day we were thrown into a different room with a mixture of people that the SongHubs curator Greg Haver concocts. So I had no idea who I was writing with until I arrived on the day!
None! This song is 100% a collaboration between Evan Sinton, Maize Olinger, Djeisan Suskov and I!
Evan was on the keys playing some seriously gorgeous chords. Djeisan was parked up driving the session, writing drums and getting the structure down, and Maize and I were on the melodies and lyrical side. Then once we all had the building blocks sorted we came together and wrote the rest!
Like SongHubs, you have to walk in every day, ready to work hard and share yourself with a bunch of strangers. That can definitely be challenging!
I’ve found I’m good at going over ideas and refining them. Like, “Is that the right word?” “What if we did this melody here?” Or “Let’s try to add that snare there.” I love working with people who are energetic and have a constant stream of ideas.
Jump in head-first and be willing to bare your soul. Collaborating can be so special and healing if you go in with an open mind!!
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