Interview: How a Move to Nashville Made Aaron Schilb Feel "Alive"
Aaron Schilb just released a new single titled "Alive" on August 25th, 2018. It's been about a week since that release landed, and we're happy to be sharing some back-story on it now. We had the opportunity to ask Schilb some personal questions about where he wrote Alive, who or what it was inspired by, and to really take a moment to get to know the man behind the song. Check it out:
1. Who is Alive inspired by?
"Alive was inspired by the city of Nashville. I was living in Columbia, MO prior to moving to Nashville. My life there felt stagnant, uninspired, and unmotivated. When I moved to Tennessee, my apartment didn't have any lights except for one bulb in the bathroom and one in the kitchen - my new apartment in Nashville was an echo of my life in Columbia...dark and depressing. However, the first morning I woke up in my new apartment, my new life, really, I was sleeping on the floor on a deflated air mattress (I didn't have a bed yet and I accidentally left the fan to inflate it at my dad's house), and the sunrise woke me up and it was an entirely transcendent moment of a new light and a new day shining on me. I woke up a new person. Alive is the first love song I've written that wasn't about a girl."
2. Physically, where were you when you wrote Alive? What did the room look and feel like and how did it have an effect on your songwriting process? (Or...did it at all?)
"I started writing Alive shortly after moving to Nashville. The first week of living here I was still sleeping on the floor and stringing up Christmas lights which were connected to the power outlets. I wrote the song sitting on the floor of my living room (I didn't have any future of any kind) with my songbook propped up on an empty cardboard box that I was also eating my meals off of. The lack of furniture is quite funny because while my apartment was almost entirely empty except for my guitars and some clothes, I was feeling more happy and fulfilled than I ever had before. Choosing to move to Nashville was the first time I made a decision that was just for me. So, for all intents and purposes, Alive is a declaration of my independence as well as my love for Nashville."
3. What is your favorite line from the lyrics? Why?
"I was writing the song quite literally. Two lines specifically stand out to me:
"I was feeling so lost, I was feeling so scared. I'm afraid if I don't worry, I'm afraid that I won't care" (Verse 1)
This line is a literal expression of how I was feeling while I lived in Missouri: lost, scared, worrisome, anxious, fearful.
"I know that I was lost, but you're the reason I've been found" (Bridge)
This line is the climax of the entire song where I am confessing and accepting that I was lost, but expressing that [Nashville] is why I've been found."
4. What message do you want your fans to take from listening to Alive?
"More than anything I want Alive to be a beacon of hope. Knowing so many people who struggle with anxiety and depression (something I've struggled with), I understand how difficult it can be to carry on with everyday life. Alive is a resolution and acknowledgement that we are all capable of moving past that dark, overwhelming, sadness if we treat ourselves with love. Something so simple, like moving to a new city or doing what you want because you want it, could be the answer."
5. Where can new fans connect with you?
"New fans can connect with me on my social medias @theaaronschilb across platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud). I frequently update my website at aaronschilb.com with new information, blogs, and tour dates. I play between three and six days a week, so I'm always out there performing in Nashville as well."
Listen to Alive right here and make sure to follow and connect with Aaron Schilb to hear more of what's to come!