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AKA V PRESENTS: 'PRISONER'


“With a songwriting style that reminds of brilliant female artists such as Sheryl Crow or Shania Twain and a vocal interpretation which hints on Gwen Stefani, AKA V … has all the right ingredients for a promising start in the industry.” - Vents Magazine


“…AKA V hits the mark perfectly, creating an emotionally intense and moving track.” -The Littlest Voice webzine (about 2017 single “Gone”)

“Her optimistic approach to life has made her keep a clear head in the pursuit of her own career. Aka V is an artist who knows exactly what she wants and turns her ideas into reality.” - Top40-Charts.com review

V has been steadily releasing singles for the last few years, artfully pushing her musical limits, and finding a sound that is all her own.


Originally from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, a small town about seven hours northwest of Montreal, AKA V set out on her own to Toronto, Ontario to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Determined to make it in the demanding music industry, she learned Audio Production and Engineering so that she could record and master her own tracks. While she worked through her education, V also joined the Canadian rock band OzGoode and went on a cross-country tour with them as their singer.


Her journey inspired her 2016 debut single “Always Go Home,” and she has since released seven other singles, including a cover of PJ Harvey’s “This is Love” and Audioslave’s “Like A Stone.” She has blasted her way onto the indie music scene and is shaking up the airwaves all over the world. She has even performed over 100 live shows throughout Canada, the US, and the UK.


“Prisoner”


Verse 1

Take over my body

Freeze me in time

Make my mind a prisoner

Turn me into your slave

Hijack me from this world

Nothing else matters

Who cares

We just existing

Why should I even try


Chorus

Why am I

Caged in, no bars

Ain’t locked up

But the walls are closing in

Guess I don’t, need a cell

My thoughts have me bounded in the chains of a prisoner


Verse 2

Ringing in my ears

Blurred vision i can’t see

Distant voices from another world

Shoulders so tense it hurts

I can’t even think straight

Urge to give in

Give into a pattern

Eating picking watching

Scrolling till i die

Why do i even care cuz this whole life is a lie


Chorus


Bridge

I swear I’m trying

But it’s not that simple

You’d think i could just snap out of it all

I’ll never survive never thrive on my own

That’s why i go back where i belong

I’ll never survive never thrive on my own

That's why i go back where i belong


Chorus x 2

What are your favorite lyrics from your latest single?


My latest single is a cover of “Like A Stone” by Audioslave. I’m about to release a new song called Prisoner and my favorite lyrics are from the second verse:


"Urge to give in

Give into a pattern

Eating picking watching

Scrolling till i die

Why do I even care cause this whole life is a lie”


I’m describing a moment where you totally go unconscious and do things that you know you shouldn’t do and are really bad for you. Your body just takes over and there is no stopping it. I think we’ve all, at some point in our life, experienced this loss of self control and the shame that comes afterward. The shame comes from thinking no one else deals with this and forgetting that absolutely no one is perfect. I’m hoping people won’t be so hard on themselves when it happens because they understand and remember that it’s just part of life.


What kind of pull did you feel about making the single?


It was my first time writing a song where I just described how I felt instead of always trying to find a way to turn the misery into a positive experience. My song is about the hopelessness I experience when anxiety is at its peak and while you’re in it, there is nothing positive about that. It was hard to get those feelings out and to be so vulnerable but it’s nice to know that it might help others feel like they are not alone.


Are all your writing sessions collaborative or do you go off on your own? Do you have a preference?


They’re always collaborative. I like to start with a concept for a song or a few lyrics but the melody comes to me when I have an instrumental (or at least a chord progression). Whether it’s drum and bass, acoustic guitar or the full bed tracks with synth and electric guitars. I don’t play an instrument so I always collaborate with musicians for the music. I can then write my melodies and finish writing the lyrics. I like starting with drums and a strong bass line but it really depends on the song. Every song is a different process when it comes to putting the instrumentation together.


Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table?


Not really, every song is different. With every single release comes growth so it’s supposed to evolve and hopefully get better with every song. Success is never a straight line but you get the point. Comparing is rarely a healthy thing to do so I try my best to stay away from doing so and keep moving forward.


What is standard practice when it comes to if the song is really finished?


I usually have deadlines so it HAS TO be finished haha. I either have a vocal recording session booked or other time constraints from my producer or mixing engineer.


What was the goal for making the latest track?


I wanted to truly portrait what I am going through when I experience high anxiety. The real, unfiltered, ugly truth. Whenever I go through a severe anxiety episode, I feel like something is wrong with me and that I’m the only one experiencing those feelings, that absolutely NO ONE understands. I know that it’s far from the truth. A lot of people deal with those feelings of hopelessness and I want people to be aware of that. It makes it a lot easier to wait it out till it passes when you don’t think something is seriously wrong with you.

With this track, I also set myself up to seriously get out of my comfort zone by starting with drums and bass and very aggressive bed tracks to write my lyrics to.


Challenges to the new music that no one would know about?


As someone whose English isn’t their first language, the lyrics of this song really gave me a hard time. Some songs are easier to write than others and this one wasn’t easy! I had my songwriting partner express concerns about a few passages, so I took the lyrics to a friend who has a PHD in poetry so she could help. I then took them to my producer to flesh them out. I was also unsatisfied with the chorus so I got my producer and writing partner to help and it was a lot of back and forth but we changed it up, made it work and I’m very proud of how it turned out.


Favorite memory in the making of this music?


How I came up with some of the production ideas, especially the whispers! I got the idea when I was recording demo vocals in my home studio. I had just eaten crackers and the wrapper was laying on my desk (the individual packets). I just started reading the back of the label to try and create the whispers and it eventually got rhythmic so I use that part. It was a true, unplanned, moment of inspiration! You now have whispers of some weird ingredients and Spanish translation on the track.


Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your music?


Not really no. Sometimes I feel a bit “detached” from some of my very dark issues/experiences so I tend to stay away from those. My eating disorder being one of them. When I talk about it, I don’t feel like I’m talking about my own experience. It’s like I’m having a hard time connecting to the person inside me struggling and it makes it hard to share in a way that’s genuine. If I’m gonna write a song about something, I definitely make sure I’m able to connect emotionally first so that I can connect with people on that level.


Leave us on a high note! And share some good news!


I’d love to share some words of encouragement for anyone with a crazy wild dream like me. I feel like what I am about to say is super cliche but coming from someone who was born in a small town in the middle of nowhere where almost everyone speaks French only, I feel this VERY strongly: whatever your crazy dream is, just freaking go for it!! That’s what life is all about. You wouldn’t have this dream if the potential to make it come true didn’t exist! As scared as you might be, please, just give yourself a chance to try!! I say this because it took me so long to muster the courage to even try to sing. I was so scared I wasn’t gonna be good at it that I didn’t start singing until I was 22!!


As for good news, I’m currently booking a summer/fall tour to be announced very soon and my single Prisoner is almost finished so stay tuned for a release date!


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