NXTSTYLE’s 2020 ‘Songs of the Summer’: Cloudy June “Pretty Pills for Broken Hearts”
INTRODUCING NXTSTYLE’S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER,' HIGHLIGHTING OUR FAVORITE TRACKS WE'VE DISCOVERED THIS SUMMER. OVER 70 SONGS FROM NEW AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FORM OUR SUMMER 2020 SOUNDTRACK. TODAY WE FEATURE CLOUDY JUNE. THE GERMAN SINGER/SONGWRITER HAS AN INTERESTING BACKGROUND WORKING IN DEATH METAL THOUGH MOVING IN A MUCH DIFFERENT DIRECTION WITH HER SOLO CAREER. GET TO KNOW CLOUDY JANE IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW.
You caught our attention this summer with “Pretty Pills for Broken Hearts,” the latest of three singles you’ve released this year. Take us behind the creation of it and your connection to it.
“Pretty Pills for Broken Hearts” is about the inner conflict between reason and addiction. Growing up in Berlin and having had encounters with drugs very early I have always wanted to make a song about this topic.
I wrote all my singles this year with two friends of mine, Vincent and Valentin, who also produced my last three singles. We started in a session with the acoustic guitar that you can hear throughout the song and just began writing over it. Slowly we came up with the chorus and decided to take the whole song into this Alice in Wonderland direction.
“Pretty Pills for Broken Hearts” is probably my favorite song of the ones that I released this year! Because of the lyrics and the melodies and also because it has this personal meaning to me.
The lyrics and production of the single are really defining, so much so that I could see it as a perfect fit for a risky scene on an HBO show and beyond. If you had a choice, what would be the ultimate sync placement for “Pretty Pills for Broken Hearts”?
I love this question! I totally see this song in a Teen-Drama. Something like Élite would be so cool! Also because it’s one of my favorite Netflix shows.
``PRETTY PILLS FOR BROKEN HEARTS`` NXTSTYLE'S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER'
You were once the lead singer of a death metal band, which is a huge contrast to your music now. Talk about the artistry of Cloudy June, how this evolution came to be and what you hope to bring to fans.
When I first started writing songs it was just me and my guitar. The songs I made where rather melancholic and soft and in a way already Pop.
But I have always had a thing for Rock n’ Roll music and when I finally joined my first band I had my first encounters with Death Metal. I started falling in love with the genre and even learned how to do screams myself. Eventually, after three years, I left the band to focus on my solo career. But for those of you, who are interested in hearing what we sounded like, there’s an EP of my old band on Spotify. New Greed ‘The Evocation’.
With the challenges of the pandemic, has it altered your perspective on life and relationships? Do you see it influencing what you write about?
During quarantine, I got to take a step back and take some time for myself. That really helped me make my mind up and get a clearer view of what I want from this life. Maybe in that way it has indirectly had an impact on my writing.
Whether it’s an album, being around certain people, or an activity, what is one thing that has helped you move forward during the pandemic? Anything you can suggest for others?
Don’t shame yourself for being “unproductive”. It’s okay to just do nothing for a while if you need rest. What also helped me was to realize how many things I was able to do from home. Write songs, record demos. Create art, start a new Instagram account or a blog even. Go for a long walk or a run. Read that book that might change how you view the world. Life is full of opportunities and we might as well treat this pandemic as one.
This year we’ve come across some really talented music acts from Germany. It’s rare for us to see artists from your country cross over to the U.S. As an artist who resides in Germany give us your thoughts on the German music scene and their support for your music.
I feel like it’s harder for an artist from Germany to reach an audience in the US. But nowadays through social media, it is totally not impossible.
The city you live in also can make a huge impact. Berlin is, in my opinion, one of the best cities in Germany to pursue anything creative at all. Besides the many venues, the opportunities for street music and the Open-Mic events there are also many people from the music industry living here. And many companies from the industry also have their headquarters here. I also just love this city for the overall vibe, the individuality, the freedom and the creativity. So Berlin is a great place to start.
As we head into the second half of the year what can fans expect from you for the remainder of 2020?
More music! I am constantly working on new songs and we have another release planned for September already. So stay tuned!
CLOUDY JUNE's Top 5 songs this summer:
- Betcha “July” – probably already the song I heard the most this year
- BJOERN “Why” – this song is hauntingly beautiful
- Bryce Fox “Bodies” – absolutely my vibe
- Jayde “electricity” – this song makes me feel like I am the main character walking through a movie
- All Time Low ft. blackbear “Monsters” – what a lineup, what a song!
Listen to all of our featured artist’s favorite songs of the summer on our special Spotify playlist.
Cloudy June’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First concert: Odd Future
Favorite Album: Badflower ‘OK, I’M SICK’
First song you fell in love with: Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Otherside”
Favorite Concert: Opeth or Catfish and the Bottleman
First performance: A concert for a contest audition in Berlin back when I was 16.
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