Letters to Her – I Lose You
ARTIST NAME: Letters To Her
SONG TITLE: I Lose You
ALBUM TITLE: 4 DAYS
RELEASE DATE: 28.12.18
GENRE: Alternative Rock / Singer-Songwriter
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
It’s cliché by now but I’ve always enjoyed and found comfort in music; more than anything really. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else.
Letters To Her began as a way for Michael Wagner to cope with life better.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.
I was out on the patio with my boyfriend at the time. We were just chatting and all of a sudden I’m like “lying naked in the snow…” We went to my bedroom and I wrote it out at the piano. It was the last song I wrote for the EP 4 Days.
Discuss your life outside the music world.
Outside of music, I’m usually at home with my cat. I hang with friends a few times a week, go to the bar, and have fun. Most of the time, I’m focused on music.
Discuss your music career.
I started writing songs this year. I found a mentor who I look up to (Bradley Walden from Emarosa). He helped me with singing and gave me some feedback on the songs I was writing. I went out to L.A. in June and we recorded everything together except I Lose You, which was recorded with Miles David from Fi in Denver. I played Raw Ovation, an Artist Showcase, in November, which was my first show. And At the end of this past December, I was able to release my first EP.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
My friend Peter passed away a few years ago. Before he went, he was always trying to cheer me up. I couldn’t be happy though, because I didn’t really want to be alive. I was on a lot of meds to cope. So in a lot of my songs, I guess I’m talking to him.
List your five favorite music videos with reasons.
Enter Shikari – Sorry You’re Not A Winner: The song just absolutely slaps. I was 16 or 17 when I first watched the video. It’s just them performing the song in some random fan’s living room. It reminds me of the house shows I attended as a kid when I’d pay 5 bucks to see 5 bands in someone’s basement.
Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle: It’s the earliest memory I have of music videos.
Chiodos – Undertaker’s Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable: I went to a lot of shows when I was younger. I was very fortunate. I chose to see Chiodos about 9 or 10 times. Craig Owens’ stage presence is something I’ve always admired.
Circa Survive – Premonition Of a Hex: I relate to this video a lot…The downside of organized religion. I still consider myself Catholic but I didn’t have the best experience in the church.
Tears For Fears – Raoul And The King Of Spain – I was five when I first saw this video. I used to watch it on repeat because the video was built into some media suite that came with a computer we bought. I had forgotten all about it for a long time but finally found it again a few years ago.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
I set up both of my desks in my place to be by the windows, where I can see the mountains. It’s all the inspiration I’ve needed so far.
For the song, I Lose You, the source of inspiration was definitely my ex-boyfriend and the memories we made together. They’re happy memories.
Tell us your impression of dealing with paparazzi.
I’m not doing any of this to be famous. I simply wanted to call out the bad people in my life, for being bad people. You’d think I’d move 1,000 Miles away and feel safe, but until the record came out I didn’t.
I guess I wouldn’t mind it though. I’d let them get their shots. I was a photographer up until a few years ago, so I get it.
Elaborate on the recording of this song.
I recorded it in my condo and then I went into the studio with Miles David and recorded vocals and Harmonies.
Tell us about your future projects.
Everything’s kind of under wraps. I just released “4 DAYS” at the end of December, so I’m gonna go back to the piano and probably write more.
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
Anyone who’s heard the music, I suppose.
Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.
I use it, but I wanted a pop-vibe for Letters To Her. If you want to hear me without it, there’s a video of my singing live with Weezer from a few years ago in Milwaukee. I had a long beard back then.
Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
I’m telling a story so it’s hard to tell sometimes how fast I should be telling it. I wanted to establish a storyline from the get-go so it was sort of necessary. The songs need to mean something to me or I just won’t release them. Even the song, ‘Mikey Likes It’… I know it’s not my greatest work, but it served its purpose. It’s a tongue-in-cheek letter to my family, who seem to justify what happened whenever they can. I got sick of them literally justifying my pain, so I wrote that song. I was in a bad situation and it drove me to that point. I hope I never have to do that again. It was reckless but needed.
Tell us your viewpoint on comparing a music career to a non-music career.
I love the fact that I get to make music at all. I don’t knock people who don’t pursue it. Writing ‘4 DAYS’ turned my mind inside-out and upside-down. I also lost a few “friends” along the way. At the end of the day though, I have a lot of fun writing and I honestly wouldn’t trade it.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
I think genres are useful if you’re listening to music. Though, I think it’s totally backward for musicians to have to stick to one genre. I produced a demo for an upbeat Alternative Country song with emo lyrics the other month. I don’t make country music though, so I’ll probably never release it.
State the genre you despise most with reason.
I try not to judge music at all. Everyone has a reason for creating what they create. My opinion shouldn’t subtract from their art.
List your five favorite movies with reasons.
Simon Birch: I cried so much watching this film.
Bridesmaids: This is probably my favorite comedy of recent memory. I’ve always loved Kristen Wiig on SNL and I thought she was hilarious in this.
School of Rock: Jack Black’s drive to succeed in music while working with a bunch of 7th graders is both comedic and inspiring.
The Truman Show: Jim Carrey has always been one of my favorite actors.
Mean Girls: I saw it in High School at a cast-party for theatre. It’s hilarious and just really smart.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
I Lose You is the opening to the EP. It’s about me finding happiness and love despite everything I mention in the storyline of the album. It’s sort of a precursor to the story.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The title, ‘4 DAYS’ is in reference to April 5th-8th of 2013. I spent them screaming in pain in my dad’s house in Wisconsin when I hurt my back. I saw a doctor on Friday, the 5th, and was misdiagnosed. I didn’t get pain meds until the following Tuesday. I realize now I lost my parents that weekend. They took away my phone and keys to prevent me from going anywhere. They fat-shamed me. They made me do yoga exercises. My mom prayed over me. It was terrifying. I was diagnosed with PTSD a few months later and moved to Denver at the end of 2014.