Being in the music scene for so long, indie composer and singer-songwriter Pete Sahaidachny has sang about a lot. He has a lot to sing about as well, with each of his singles being a different sonic trail to follow and get lost in. His process is intensive, the songs are rich and beautiful and create a springboard of emotions. The new single, Skeletons, is no less.
I had the opportunity to ask Pete about the track and his musical journey till now. Follow up with the excerpt of the interview below.
1) Your track explores the passage of time, as done by many before. What makes your thought and creation for this unique?
Skeletons is straight from the heart first. I wasn’t thinking about traditional song structure, but emotion first. The song kind of just wrote itself. I’m especially proud of the melodic guitar solo.
It’s not just the solo that shines. Sahaidachny has a raspy baritone that has the makings of a tuba but can navigate through the vocal planes. The audio suppression in the beginning leading to the melodic adventure trail this song is truly a mesmerizing effect to follow.
2) Have you chosen the minimal dependence on just the synth, guitar & drums to keep with the stark reality of the track?
Sometimes you just have to use what’s available. Fortunately I have two great guys near me that play drum and bass. I also didn’t want to clutter the recording with too many effects… I just wanted it to be mainly about the song and not the production.
And goal achieved. The song is an alluring admission to an audio journey that is worth it. The lyrics don’t shy away from the fear at hand, skeletons in the closet. A powerful & simple metaphor, very cleverly used during the chorus ring outs of the song.
3) This is a dip in cold waters after your last track, Messages. What has changed since then for Pete Sahaidachny?
Messages was a little spacey and meta in some ways. Skeletons is raw and about real emotions for lost romantic opportunities.
Traversing cold waters in every track seems to be one of his specialties, or the hook to his musical purpose. The music speaks for itself, so the few words from Pete about the track are sufficient enough as milestones to understand the creative journey.
4) Does the music come before, or the interaction with new musicians serve as a source?
I typically come up with the basics of a song in my home studio before I connect with the rest of the band. That way we already have a framework to start from and to mold into the final product.
Which is how all great songwriters and designers progress. A cold mold is ready and placed, for some critical breakdowns and you have yourself a polished work of art. That would be the process for a raw and emotive song like Skeletons. Fans of his music can stick around, he has some interesting projects in the works.
5) What is next for you? An EP on the way or more singles?
I’m planning to record a full album next summer. I have around 6 songs with lyrics (not all recorded, yet) and after I finish writing a couple more songs, plan to go into the studio and record them all afresh with my producer so that the full album has a strong cohesion in terms of audio colors and sonic qualities.
Using the quarantine time with knife like precision, Pete has his priorities set. Asking him about the musical distance traversed and the lessons learnt, he shares a significant one that each artist can adopt:
There’s this myth of what success looks like… once you abandon the myths, success for your music can really be defined by you. Once I reach certain goals then I just create new goals. I’m sort of stair stepping into higher and higher places.
Your ambition, your sky being the limit. All depending on the framework of your creative soul. Listen to Pete’s framework with his single Skeletons here: