Interview: "Back Alive" - Sinejan
The dance beat in your new song "Back Alive" emphasizes the anticipation to return to a more social life mentioned in your lyrics that talk about pandemic-era living. What was it like to write about these feelings and put them out into the public sphere?
Sinejan: I think it was a bit of nostalgia and a bit of stating the obvious, to be honest. I felt so excited and fed up at the same time. I think the pandemic era taught us so much and the silence of it, especially in the music industry was a shock. I totally meant what I said! I was feeling ready to party again and I felt like the only way to get over that stuck feeling was to put it into a song and then into the universe to hopefully move through it to the next FUN era!
What first inspired you to pursue music professionally?
Sinejan: Cliché alert! I have always wanted to do music professionally ever since I was 5. I am a generalist and I have multiple passions. I did not study music extensively in school but I feel like it's in my blood. I first started on the media side of the music industry, writing for blogs and interviewing artists, I then moved to the label side and finally to the events space in Toronto, Canada. Throughout this journey, it became clear to me that I needed to give my artistry a propper go! This is what I am doing now, and it feels extremely rewarding and WAY less scary than I thought it would be!
How have you had to adapt your music career to fit the pandemic-era constraints/limitations?
Sinejan: In a way, yes! I was working for a company that basically created custom bands for events in Toronto (St.Royal) and I learned so much about the events side of the music industry as well as the commitment musicians have to their craft. When the pandemic hit, there were very few positions available in the industry, especially on the events side because events were obviously not happening! This drought was very eye-opening. I ended up shifting careers for my day job in a completely different field and it actually pushed me to pursue my own artistry so I am both grateful and still kind of shocked that we went almost two years without any live music!! What a time!
How has living in Canada influenced you and your music career?
Sinejan: I am originally from Turkey, but I mainly grew up in Canada. I absolutely see so much talent in the Canadian music industry. It is also a small tight community that works quite well together. The artists are phenomenal! I mean look at the global stage, so many huge Canadian names! It has always been very motivating being from Canada and never more when considering living and working amongst the wonderful talent we have up here in Canada! Much of the population loves music, even if they do not do it professionally and it was awesome getting to be a part of the Canadian music industry in Toronto.
When you're not writing songs or making music, what do you like to do?
Sinejan: I am blessed with a lot of amazing friends and family so I mainly like to spend time with them. I have always been a bit of a social butterfly and I love bringing people together. I have recently moved from Toronto to Vancouver and I have picked up some more physically active hobbies (hiking and rowing). If I am not with friends, I am either sleeping or working or trying to keep active.
What goals have you set for yourself in terms of your music career?
Sinejan: I started out in the industry in the electronic music space, blogging for EDM Canada. I would love to work on collaborations in electronic music as well as work on more originals in the pop genre. I don't want to give away too much but I definitely have plans for a few more singles this year and an album in the works for next year! Overall, I am very aware, working on both the creative and the business side of things, that things move quickly when you are committed. My ultimate goal is to develop a great team and take this show on the road and enjoy every minute of it! I hope to develop my live performances in the coming years and be able to celebrate with music lovers everywhere!
Interviewed By Hannah Conkin