Stephen Puth has just released his latest single Look Away, written with his brother, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. We caught up with Stephen for a quick chat about the single and what both he and his brother learned from working together.
1) Can you tell us about the inspiration for your single?
‘Look Away’ is about the downside of a relationship. The moment leading up to the break-up and you can’t look at each other in the eyes anymore. The connection you once had has completely faded.
2) You wrote the single with your brother what that like?
Writing with my brother was a great experience. We work really well together in the studio and learn a lot from one another.
3) Is writing songs about love/heartbreak etc easier when you are writing with people you know or do you find it harder?
I have found that my songwriting process is the most successful when I’m the most honest with how I’m feeling. Finding a way to communicate that in the session is the most important part. It doesn’t matter if I’m surrounded by close friends or if this is the first time I’m meeting this group of writers.
4)Would you collaborate again in the future with Charlie?
I absolutely would collaborate with Charlie again. Even though our artist projects are very different we have found that we work really well together.
5) What did you learn from the process, do you think working collaboratively with Charlie on this track has helped you grow as an artist?
When working together, Charlie helped me step outside of my comfort zone. The best way to grow and continue to make great music is to watch and learn from other great artists.
6) The track is about the end of a relationship, well the bit before it all ends. Why did you choose that particular point in a relationship to write about?
This a moment in life that a majority of people face with relationships. I’ve had these feelings countless times. Addressing small moments like we do in “Look Away” creates a more specific story but also provides closure.
7)What advice would you have for anyone going through that period in a relationship?
My advice is just because it’s happening does not mean it’s the end. It could be a rough patch in your life but that doesn’t mean you’re meant to fail.
8)What’s next for you, what do you have planned for the rest of the year and do you plan to do some shows in the UK in the future?
“Look Away” is out today and I couldn’t be more excited. For the rest of the year, I’m going to finish my EP and hopefully hit the road for some shows very soon!
Let us know at @CelebMix if you’d love Stephen and Charlie to work together more after hearing Look Away!