Take 5: Verite

Verite is a New York based singer-songwriter. It’s been nearly two years since she released her debut album Somewhere In Between, but she is back with a new song Ocean. We caught up with Verite when she recently visited London.

Welcome, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us today. So, the deal is five questions in five minutes. Here goes…

Please tell us about your earliest musical memories / experiences

My earliest experience with music were playing classical piano, which I started learning when I was probably 7 or 8! From there, it’s felt like it’s just been a natural progression. I used to play open mics with my dad, I would play piano and he would play guitar. 

When I was in middle school, I was part of an all girl punk band (we weren’t great) and in my later teens, I started writing and playing with my own band. Not anything close to what I’m doing now, but just sort of experimenting. Probably in my early twenties is when I started this project so I’ve always been in music, been performing but it took me a while to hone my voice. 

What is the story behind your new single ‘Ocean’

‘Ocean’ is about the newness of a relationship and how when things are new. We can get so excited that we lose ourselves in them, because it feels good and it’s exciting. As a culture, we kind of fetishise that moment and we want to completely jump in. And so it’s a song that hopefully encapsulates that very specific moment in a much broader picture.  

You have your second album coming out in the Autumn, what where you hoping to capture when you began writing for this record? 

When I started writing the record, I had no idea what I wanted to capture. It’s been a definite journey from when I started to where I am now. But I think my goal in creating the record, once I had a direction, was to showcase the reality of what it is to be in a relationship with another person and to sit in that commitment through the good, the new and the more mundane – when it gets really hard. And how to find beauty in the subtleties of these moments. And to realise that there’s a certain beauty in settling with someone. 

 Five things you enjoy about being based in New York might include

Ooh okay…

  • You can walk everywhere. 
  • You can also take the train everywhere – these are two separate things but I like being autonomous in my transportation. I hate being reliant on cars and get nauseous in the back of them! So being able to walk and take the train are so important. 
  • There’s good food at all hours of the night. 
  • You’re never super isolated when you’re in New York. Even when you’re isolated, you’re constantly among so many people. I feel like it’s really important to me, as a loner, to be able to walk outside my door and feel like I’m a part of something. 
  • The people. New York has an attitude of ‘don’t **** with me’, it’s very blunt and up front. Aggressive but not aggressive. My family is from Brooklyn and that’s what’s I grew up around and so for me, that’s part of the reason I stay.

There are lots of different communities, there are so many people crammed into such a small space. We are all in this crazy, hectic thing – together but not too together.

How do you keep yourself inspired

I think that inspiration is important but not always necessary. I keep myself inspired by working until I’m inspired, if that makes sense. There’s not always inspiration but if I show up and put one foot in front of the other then I’m putting myself in a position to be open to inspiration and that’s 99% of it, especially in creativity. I’ve written some of my favourite songs when I’m creatively dead, wishing I could go home and go to sleep. And then halfway through the day I’m like “Oh, this is a single on the record!” So I think it’s just about showing up and being open. Also, try and rest. Right now I’m not rested but hit me up in a week and a half, I’m going to be so rested! 

Quick fire questions 

Patience or passion – Why do I have to choose! Just kidding, you need both. But If I had to choose… patience. 

Jeans or Jumper – You should wear them at the same time – jeans.

Margarita or Manhattan – I don’t drink, so coffee!

Starlight or sea breeze – Sea breeze. 

Kelsey Grammer or Kelsea Ballerini – Kelsey Grammer.