We caught up with Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Siena Streiber who recently released her single “Alright With You” out now on all streaming platforms. The music video for the single premiered today (below). Siena is also a television comedy writer who has written for Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, and has worked on Liza on Demand, The Premise, and American Crime Story.
Check out our conversation below.
How excited are you to release new music?
Siena Streiber (SS): Incredibly excited! My favorite time is the hour right after the song or album comes out—knowing something that I’m proud of has finally made it into the universe and friends are getting the opportunity to hear it for the first time, it’s beyond thrilling.
What can people expect from your new music video for “Alright With You”?
SS: Crushes! Romance! Heartbreak! I worked with the team at D5 Pictures to create a very pop-y, dreamy music video. We knew we wanted the aesthetic to feel a little more old school, so we used a combination of Super 8 footage, camcorder footage, and digital footage to give the right hint of vintage nostalgia. Plus we got to throw a pool party, and what’s more fun than that?
When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of it?
SS: I hope people hear this track and think, “Hey, that same thing happened to me! Boys suck sometimes!” But broadly, I hope that they can find something to relate to—the same thing that I get out of listening to my favorite artists. I think the more specific you are in your songwriting, the more universal the message becomes. With this song [“Alright With You’] in particular, I really wanted the sound to evoke the same feeling as the lyrics—what it’s like to fall head over heels for someone. I hope people who listen get those same butterflies that I did.
How would you describe the sound of your music?
SS: My sound has definitely evolved over the years. I’ve always been inspired by the folky sounds of Joni Mitchell, the soft rock of Fleetwood Mac, and more country vibes like early Taylor Swift and Kaycee Musgraves, but recently my songwriting style has invited more contemporary inspiration, like Olivia Rodrigo, Avril Lavigne, and Phoebe Bridgers.
What can you tell us about being a TV writer?
SS: It’s a much different process from songwriting, but equally fulfilling. My songwriting is very personal to my life experiences and heartbreak, but writing for TV is composing entirely fictionalized stories. Sometimes I’ll pull inspiration from real life to incorporate into my scripts, but the final product is pretty different. I would love to one day write more fictionalized songs about people having nothing to do with my own life!
What’s it like working on Only Murders in The Building?
SS: To say that it’s “fun” would be the understatement of the century. I work with the funniest, smartest, most talented writers in the world and there is never a dull moment in our writer’s room. I enjoy waking up everyday knowing I get to go to work—not many people can say that! I feel very lucky. It’s definitely the best job I’ve ever had.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
SS: I would say “Alright With You” is way up there, and not just because it’s my latest single! It’s the most fun to rock out to, and the song I’ve seen the crowd vibe the most with.
Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?
SS: It varies, but lately it’s involved me singing to myself in the car until I’ve thought, “By George, that’s it!” I’ll whip out my phone and open Voice Memos, and then record whatever nonsense melody or random lyrics have just popped into my head. Then I’ll go home, pull out my guitar, and try to make the disparate pieces fit together until I’ve started writing something vaguely resembling a song.
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