‘So Much’ is the newest release by New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Renée Millner. It’s energetic, hopeful, and guaranteed to put you in a good mood. From the airy beauty in the vocals to the rhythm section that is steady as a rock, this song rocks.
I adored how the energy pushed and pulled. Sometimes building up like the song was going to open up, but then calmly flowing back into low energy. By the time the atmosphere opened up, the groove was electric. The easy-going vocals led the pace of ‘So Much’ phenomenally.
Another thing I thought was awesome was the versatile guitar parts. Sometimes taking a supportive role, helping the vocals fill out the texture. Other times, they created harmonic and rhythmic interest – setting the pace of the song. Throughout the entirety, however, both guitar and drums stayed right in the pocket; never faltering from the tempo or mood set.
From the airy beauty in the vocals to the rhythm section that is steady as a rock, this song rocks.Indie top 39
What does it mean?
“The song to me is a celebration – it’s uplifting and joyful. It’s a reminder that we each have something incredible to offer the world, and if we can learn to accept ourselves fully, even the parts we dislike about ourselves, then we will be a lot happier in the world! 🙂
oh, and it’s about not giving a damn about the people who can’t see your vision and your potential !”
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
‘So Much’ came out of a difficult time – I’d moved to NZ from NSW and initially found it difficult to settle down in one place. In the past, I had always moved around…to a variety of places, and suddenly I felt trapped. I wrote this song as a reminder to myself, to stand up and back myself, to know that you’re surrounded by love, even when you can’t feel it. To remind myself that no matter where I am, I belong there.
I didn’t set out to write an anthem about love and self-acceptance, however, it turned into me writing a conversation between the two voices in my head. The one that sometimes forgets its beauty and uniqueness, as opposed to the one who always has your back, who possesses incredible resilience. I believe that message, as cliche as it may sound, is a message of hope that young people struggling can easily relate to. And having Leon Crean (in the music video) as the lead brings those two voices to the forefront through the visual presentation of the song. This is why ‘So Much’ is not just a song of hope from a musician’s viewpoint – it’s for everyone struggling to find their place in the world.
Which Netflix series or movie would you like your music to be featured in?
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (stylish & sexy), The Bold Type, Sex Education or The Chair. I watched The Bold Type & The Chair recently and loved them both. I love how the Bold Type focuses on strong, intelligent and sassy female characters. Sex education is fun, upbeat and colourful, just like ‘So Much’.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
Keep writing & complete the new EP 🙂 I have 4 singles ready, and the 5th one is currently in progress. I plan to put the complete EP out in 2022.
Collaborate with other artists on songwriting & producing, tour the new album around Australia & NZ (Covid levels dependant) and write another album!
Continue writing morning pages, and keep remembering how privileged I am to be creating and performing music.
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