Dark, sexy and subversively naughty are just some of the words that describe the musical collaboration between actress Christa B. Allen (ABC's “Revenge”, “13 Going on 30”) and songwriter, producer Johnny What (Bråves). The duo created a project appropriately called, Pour Vous.
Allen’s hauntingly ethereal vocals on the duo’s first single, "The Flood” bring us a personal introspection of the love and emotion within their relationship. The structurally sound, groove-ridden track is the first song in what promises to be a busy year of music for Pour Vous.
AXS recently spoke with Christa B. Allen and Johnny What about the new single and more in this exclusive interview.
AXS: How did the song, “The Flood” originate?
Christa Allen: The beginning of a relationship is always the honeymoon phase where everything’s perfect, but this was a song written after we'd had our first little "lover's quarrel." It was written out of that first jolt of fear you get when you fight with someone and then say to yourself, "Why is this happening? This is supposed to be perfect."
Johnny What: It was one of the more memorable songwriting experiences I’ve had because I was writing a song about the possibility of breaking up with the person I love the most. It was a bit confusing and intense but Christa put me at ease. I'm thankful for the experience because it helped me to grow. Not only as a songwriter but also as a person.
AXS: What’s your typical songwriting process like?
CA: Johnny has a very specific process for songwriting. It’s a formula that consists of specifically choosing chords, picking melodies and then writing lyrics to pull it all together. The actual content --the lyrics--usually comes as you work on the song. Certain words just seem to fit perfectly into the melodies that you choose.
JW: For me, the melody always chooses the lyric. I never limit myself by trying to force a concept into a melody. I prefer to have a melody find the words that sound best with the notes and then writing it from there.
AXS: Do you have plans to release more music and do live shows?
JW: Yes. We'll be doing a single-based strategy of releasing songs and will be putting out another single soon.
CA: As far as live dates go, we're going to take the temperature and see how people respond to the music, which so far has been overwhelmingly positive. It feels really good. We’d also like to release a few more singles before playing live, so people have something to sing along to.
AXS: Christa, you’re well-known for your acting. Was music something you also envisioned yourself doing at some point?
CA: When I was very young, I had a bit of a singing career in my hometown doing local shows. I also trained for years with a vocal coach. It was always a dream but I’ve focused my career and put my heart and soul into acting. Music was never something I actually saw myself doing, but when I moved in with the love of my life, (who just happens to be a music producer), it all suddenly made sense. But I’m not shelving my first love of acting in order to do this. Both feel very natural to me.
AXS: What’s the biggest creative difference you’ve noticed between acting and making music?
CA: With acting, you'll go on a bunch of auditions and then you’ll book something. But what you shoot may not come out until a year or more later. With music, it’s instantly gratifying. People get so excited when you tell them you’re working on music, and you can literally have a song completed and sent to them in less than a week.
AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?
CA: I have a new film called "The Queen of Sin” that will be coming out later this year that I’m very excited about!
JW: Me and my band, Bråves, have a new single coming out March 29 that we’re very excited about. We went to Paris last summer to write our second album and this is the first song we're releasing from that trip.
AXS: What excites you the most about Pour Vous; the new single and this next phase of your careers?
CA: For me, I love the fact that this project is completely representative of us. There’s no label involved. We’re writing all the music, producing and doing the music videos ourselves.
JW: The first time you put out music with a new project is always exciting, and I'm looking forward to more new ideas and creating new music. Most of all, I’m excited to be creating something with the person that I love. That the most rewarding part for me.
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