Discuss the composition of this song.
It’s a classic in-your-face pop-punk song. We worked on giving the song an upbeat sound and made sure all of the melodies worked together to give it a positive vibe. A lot of work went into making the breakdown stand out, and adding the heaviness to that part of the song really helps with the ebb and flow of the whole thing. It was a fun writing process!
State the name of your producer and elaborate on the production of the song.
We worked with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios for the whole of “Perseverance”, and “Won’t Settle” was the first song we recorded and finished, which set the whole sound of the EP. He really pushed the whole sound of the song, adding all of the electronics that really stand out and make the song interesting and upbeat. He spent a lot of time working with us and giving us ideas to make the song sound even better than when we first wrote it, and the overall experience was great.
Go into details on the lyrics of the song.
The mainline in the song is “I won’t settle for nothing”. The song is talking about knowing your worth and not settling for anything less. The song starts with the lyric line “Things are so much different now, I made it through the storm somehow and I wouldn’t change a thing for the world”. I learned a lot of tough lessons, it was hurtful but I wouldn’t change any of them because those lessons helped me grow as a person and have made me a lot wiser and stronger. “Walking around like you’re god’s gift, I’m glad I’m not the one who’s next” is describing the person I wrote the song about. I felt like she was so self-obsessed with herself It felt like she didn’t care about how I was feeling at all and it sucked.
Elaborate on your music career.
Right now we are just trying to get off the ground and get our music to as many people as possible. We want to reach a ton of people, gain new fans and play a lot of shows. We’re ready for the adventures to come!
Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.
We’re all about social media! We use Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. We really enjoy connecting with our fans. We keep our fans updated on our latest music etc.
Discuss your motive behind making music.
Like many bands will say, music is our outlet. It’s our escape, and being in a band gives us such a sense of belonging. Being in a band and making music gives us a purpose. We are all so passionate about music; it makes us feel free. I never wanted to make meaningless songs, so I hope ultimately people can relate to our music and find comfort in it because that’s what I always loved about music. It really helps me to get through difficult times.
Discuss the process of your songwriting.
Our songwriting process is different every time, most times it will start with Tom coming up with a guitar riff and then I’ll bring lyrics to it and the song will kind of grow from there. We will then take it to band practice and we fill it out. I write lyrics most days outside of band practice, and then I’ll hear the music piece and see how I can make it fit. The music really sets the mood for what I want to talk about. There are other times someone will play a random riff at practice and we jam it out, and about 30 minutes later we’ve got a song.
Brief us about your work and achievement so far in your music career.
We haven’t been going for long as Crossing the Limits, although we have all been in bands prior so we’re no strangers to the game. We’ve really spent the last year getting Crossing the Limits off the ground. We got the songs together; we demoed everything before hitting the studio to record our debut EP. We’ve put a lot of work and time into this and honestly, we are super proud of how it turned out and super happy that our music is finally getting out there. We started out on YouTube doing covers to slowly build a foundation for when we put our music out; it’s all been a process. Patience and hard work are the key. I think so far our favorite thing was getting to open for Against the Current in our city. The place was packed out and the crowd was really warm to us. They were enjoying our music; we sold a ton of T-shirts that night when we didn’t even expect to sell one. It was one of our first shows as a band and it was pretty crazy, I want to be able to play to a crowd like that over and over again.
Tell us your opinion on using a rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.
I think they’re great. Why wouldn’t you want to learn a new word? I rarely use a rhyming dictionary unless I’m really stuck but I kind of enjoy thinking of a rhyming line in my own head. I’m trying to force myself to read more books for the sake of learning new words and phrases, I just have a really short attention span. I get easily distracted!
Discuss what is old and what is new in the music industry as in overall changes.
I think the real big changes that have happened over the years in the music industry are the rise of streaming services and social media. It’s really easy to get your music out there, but with so much choice you have to make sure you have a unique sound that can stand out amongst your contemporaries. The ease in connecting with your fans on social media is great, and it’s amazing being able to get direct feedback from people who follow your band.
Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.
So, if we’re set to record, we will go through the songs a bunch of times at band practice, discuss what we like and what we want to change about them. We get them to a point where we’re all happy then we start to demo them all. We do this at Tom’s house, as he has all the recording equipment. Guitars will be first then drums and bass and vocals last. Once the songs are demoed; they get sent off to the producer who will properly record the songs. He will then decide and suggest if he thinks anything will need changing. e W recorded with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios in Sheffield. Surprisingly he did not want to change much about the songs, he liked where they were at, but he added things and gave the songs life. I take all my lyrics to the studio in case I want to chop or change a lyric line at the last minute!
Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo, or slow tempo.
We’re definitely an up-tempo band. It’s all about the energy for us, whether it’s on the recordings or playing live. It’s always great to be able to let yourself go on stage, and get into the music in front of everybody.
Discuss your shows or live performance.
Our shows can get pretty crazy. We really like to bring energy to the stage. Our aim is to get the crowd moving about, enjoying themselves, and ultimately to bring them out of their comfort zone.
Discuss working as a full-time or part-time musician.
We all still work normal jobs to help pay for things we need to get done for the band. Recording, videos, etc. can all get expensive. We dedicate so much of our time to this because we love it so much. If we could do this full time that would be amazing. It can get tough trying to find balance sometimes but we make it work, music is so important to us all.
Send a message across to your fans and supporters.
We love you! The support means so much to us and it really gives us more drive.
Discuss the storyline of the song.
The song is about a girl I dated. I really fell for her, we had really great chemistry, but emotionally she was disconnected. It was so frustrating. How can you possibly grow with someone who has got the Great Wall of China up between you?! I knew as much as I cared about her it wasn’t the way I wanted it to be, and I didn’t feel it was fair that I was giving so much of myself and getting nothing back. This song is directed at that person, it got a lot off of my chest.
Tell us what makes this song unique from others.
It’s a great mix of pop and punk, and there are not many bands from the UK that sound like us. We’ve worked hard on writing our songs, and really pushing the pop aspect of the sound to the front, so we think that it makes our songs really accessible to everybody.
Tell us the subject matter of most of your composition.
The subject matter of the EP talks about learning to walk, let go of negative things, getting over heartbreak, losing friendships, and not being afraid to go alone for the sake of staying true to yourself. The whole EP is really about keeping it moving; no matter what, and not forgetting who you are along the way.