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SONG REVIEW: Apologies by ISHAN

There are few things as powerful as a sincere apology, and when it comes to expressing that sentiment through music, ISHAN's upbeat pop song 'Apologies' does not disappoint. With beautiful and unique vocals, ISHAN showcases his multi-cultural musical talent in this song, making it a must-listen for music lovers of all kinds.

From the opening notes of the pianos, to the guitar strums during the chorus, the song sets a beautiful rhythm that carries throughout the track. The hook section is particularly memorable, with sweet melodies that are sure to get stuck in your head. The production quality is top-notch, and each element of the song - from the drums to the synths - is expertly crafted to create a truly unique sound.


But what really sets this song apart is its message of apology. The lyrics are heartfelt and sincere, with ISHAN acknowledging his mistakes and expressing remorse for his actions. This theme of redemption and growth is something that many people can relate to, and ISHAN's song does an excellent job of expressing that sentiment in a way that is both catchy and emotionally resonant. Whether you're looking for a song to dance to or simply to reflect on the power of forgiveness and second chances, ISHAN's song 'Apologies' is definitely worth a listen.


We asked ISHAN a few questions so you get to delve into his mind with us. Find the answers below:


1. Of all the ideas you come up with, how do you know which ones are worth taking forward to production and release? Can you explain the process of selection you use?

I find that time brings my best material to the foreground. I often experience recency bias, meaning if I write a song today then by tomorrow it feels like my best work to date. However, over time I become less attached to the songs I write and am able to see them in a more objective way. Performing a song for a crowd, however big or small, can also be incredibly enlightening. Sometimes I’m not sure if what I’ve written feels authentic, but then I play that song to a few friends and either feel very embarrassed or twice as enthusiastic as I was a moment ago. I also ask for direct feedback from family, friends and my producers. I’m genuinely interested in which songs they feel deserve to be produced and released. At the same time, I need to feel strongly about those decisions in order to get the best out of my art, so ultimately I make a decision based on my own instincts. To sum up, a combination of time, trial by live performance and discussion with friends and family helps me understand which songs I’m most passionate about.


2. How do you approach writing a song, do you wait for inspiration? or do you sit with your instrument until an idea comes about? (Would you call yourself a disciplined song writer, or do you just hope for inspiration and go with the flow?)


I’m a disciplined songwriter when it serves my interests. Inspiration comes and goes so my writing habits reflect this. When I’m experiencing strong emotion, a turbulent situation or anything else that puts me in a position to feel like I need to write to stay sane, then I go with the flow and try to stay out of my own way. However, from time to time inspiration runs a little low and discipline is a great way to inject energy back into my practice. I’m yet to go a month without writing a song since 2018 (there’s a spreadsheet) and I’ve written 130 in almost five years… so far I’ve had plenty to talk about.


3. Do you write music from your experience, or do you take an abstract idea or story and work around it?

It varies a lot. On one hand, I’ve written detailed narratives that are autobiographical like Isabella. On the other hand, I’ve published completely fictional stories like Bad Dream. However, I now mostly write from a combination of real experiences and the ideas that live in my imagination. I like to have a real connection to what I’m writing about while also being able to warp the reality of that idea into something exciting and enjoyable. ‘Apologies’ is a great example of this. At the time of writing I was in fact sorry for being ever so slightly mistrusting, however in the song I’m able to turn what was a fleeting thought into an all consuming panic which then warrants this massive apology. Furthermore, the tag of the song “this is how apologies are made” implies that the other person should now make their apology, and this simply isn’t reflective of reality but rather something I wanted to add to the story to add tension.



4. If you had the chance to work with a famous artist (dead or alive), who would you pick, and why? (You can name more than one )


That’s such a hard question because there are so many artists I would love to collaborate with. Perhaps I go with a top of mind answer given I am loving her work at the moment and that is Olivia Rodrigo, I think we’d make a great pop rock record together. On a completely different note, I’d love to write something with the Gypsy kings if I worked on my Spanish a little – I grew up listening to them and I just love their sound.


5. What are some of the ways that you get past creative blocks and resistance/fear when it comes to writing music and getting your sound out there?


I’ve never really been afraid of writing and sharing my sound. It was a bit of a struggle for me to find ‘my sound’ from a music production sense, but that ended up being about finding the right creatives that understood what I was trying to communicate. In terms of creative blocks I’d refer to a previous answer; discipline can be the catalyst for a great idea in the absence of inspiration because if you sit with the mind for long enough, it will inspire itself.



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