RONNIE WATTS PREMIERES ‘SAD SUMMER’
Sep 17, 2020
Pioneering the genre of “heartbreak, but make it pop music” is 19-year old Rochester, NY native, Ronnie Watts, with her bedroom pop summer anthem ‘Sad Summer’. Along with her friends, Ronnie took to her local grocery store to film this mask clad video. Honing in on her signature nostalgic-teen-angst, Ronnie is gearing up for the release of her new EP, ‘I DON’T TRUST U AT ALL’, due out September 25th.
We talked with Ronnie on some BTS of her latest video, her viral song ‘Famous in California’ and the upcoming EP.
1. Give us some BTS of the ‘Sad Summer’ video! How did the video all come together?
It was so fun to shoot!! My friends and I went to our local grocery store and just danced around. I don’t think the other shoppers and employees were as excited about it as we were, but we had a great time. The idea was inspired by the dullness of grocery stores ever since COVID hit. We wanted to turn the store into a party. We connected a GoPro to a grocery cart and put my iPhone in one of the aisles. All the footage was sent to Ollie Rillands and he edited it into the awesome video it is now!
2. Your song ‘Famous In California’ is doing amazing! What is the story behind the song?
Thanks! I’m so thankful for every stream. I wrote Famous In California at the end of last summer. It’s about wanting to hang on to those moments that make you feel like you’re in a movie. I’m really glad it was the song to kick off all my releases this year because I feel like it really encompasses me and my music. I can be melodramatic and I romanticize everything, and Famous In California definitely shows that.
3. What are you most excited about for your ‘Live from Home’ performance?
I’m gonna be playing all the songs on the EP for the first time ever!! I’m really excited about that. People get to hear all the songs before they’re even out. I can’t wait!
4. Give us a glimpse into your musical upbringing. Who or what initially influenced your passion for music?
My dad is a musician, so I’ve grown up going to his shows. We also have a studio in our basement where we can record and play a bunch of different instruments. My dad has recordings of me in the studio when I was just a little baby. It was so amazing to grow up in such a musical environment.
5. ‘I DON’T TRUST U AT ALL’ is your second EP release since your self-titled ‘Ronnie Watts’. What are three words to describe this release?Personal, heartbreaking, sparkling.
6. What has changed about your creative process and the way you create music since that release?
I’ve learned so much about myself and music since then. I’ve had so many life experiences that have really helped shape my songwriting. I’m also a lot more in touch with music and production itself. My creative process of writing has stayed the same– just writing organically in my room, but now everything’s on a larger scale.
7. How do you juggle music with everything else?
Music comes before most things for me, but luckily all my life experiences go hand and hand with my music. So in that sense “living my life,” outside of music, is part of the job for me. Having those experiences really help with my songwriting.
8. What is something you wish you got asked more?
If I want ice cream. The answer is yes please:)