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    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:52:15

    Interview: Neon Hitch - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "You just never know what's going to pop up and when you're going to write the best song ever," smiles Neon Hitch. "I'm really proud of this body of work, and I'm going to put it out soon because I can. I'm so ready and geared up to show the people what I've been working on."

    The people are going to instantly fall in love with it as well. Already, she dropped the sexy, slick, and soaring first single "Yard Sale". It paves the way for her new album, Eleutheromaniac , perfectly with its danceable energy and unshakable hooks. Neon Hitch's best work to date arrives soon!

    In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Neon Hitch talks Eleutheromaniac, "Yard Sale", and so much more.

    The new material upholds your sound, but there's progression in there...

    It's evolution. I'm feeling I'm evolving as an artist and becoming more honest. Obviously, I'm a pop artist. I have a pop sensibility. I like to dance, and I like to make music that makes people dance. However, I want to put real messages in there. This whole new project I've made is really honest and genuine. I think people are going to relate to the stories I'm writing about now.

    What inspired you in that direction?

    I feel like my shackles have been broken, and I'm comfortable in my own skin. I think that comes with age. I've been in the industry for a while now. I've learned a lot. I've had my heart broken a lot, and I feel stronger for it all. I feel like it's my duty to share my experiences and help people get through theirs. Music is my source.

    What's the story behind "Yard Sale"?

    It has a few meanings. I was going through a really tough breakup. What better way to deal with it than write a song about it? It's about leaving the old you behind, growing, and shedding that layer of skin. You're basically becoming a butterfly. I wanted to be completely genuine in the video so I literally rolled up in the little denim shorts I had worn the day before. I tied up a t-shirt a fan gave me and put a scarf around my head. I'm expressing my true self. I'm not hiding anything. I'm getting rid of the old me. The new me is fucking fresh-faced and ready to go [Laughs]. It means freedom baby!

    You probably feel that freedom more than ever.

    Freedom is always something that I've promoted and lived for. I grew up in a bus. It doesn't get more free than that. I've never known any limitations. Although I continued to promote freedom, it was a bit of a contradiction because I didn't have freedom musically. I couldn't put out music when I wanted. It made me look bad. It was like, "Why can't this girl finish an album?" I'd say, "Dude, I've finished like three albums". That was really frustrating to me. Musically, I have complete freedom now. That comes with consequences like more responsibility. I have a great team and my fans. That's why I started the new movement. It involves fans. They're the ones who matter. I'm having them do the artwork. I'm getting them really involved. They're in the mix and so much more current than an old executive. That's how I feel. We all deserve our freedom.

    Is it important for you to tell stories in the songs?

    Yeah, I've always done it. I feel like in some of my songs you don't get to know the real me. I'd paint a picture, but now it's more personal. I've tapped into a way to get who I am across. I'm not afraid to write from the heart. If I write something amazing from the heart, it's going to work. This whole album is therapy.

    What's your vision for Eleutheromaniac?

    The rules of the music industry have changed. There are so many different structures. You can put out EPs, singles, or full albums. The opportunities are endless. Overall, I have this project where the theme is freedom. The title means, "a creature that needs freedom". We found "eleutheromania" on some web site. I'm an Eleutheromaniac!

    What inspires you outside of music?

    My mom is a huge influence on me. She's an art form of her own. She's my biggest inspiration. She's so creative. She's always showed me freedom and taught me about it. She makes her own clothes and will make anything out of anything. That's what I'm doing. I have complete freedom, and I'm going to make something out of nothing. I'm inspired by life. I go through hell. I've been through torturous times, but they're the most inspiring to me. They help me grow and help my writing. It's life.

    What music has been influencing you lately?

    I love what Macklemore is doing. Music is such a powerful source. It's a waste not to do something with that power. He's really doing it.

    If you were to compare the new album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
    B That's a good question! It's a tricky one. I'd say a cross between The Wizard of Oz and True Romance—it's such a great movie. I'd definitely say The Wizard of Oz has got to be one of the main ones. That would fit perfectly. Oh, and I'd go with The Life of Pi. They're all colorful, like a fantasy, and emotional. It's like my reality. It doesn't seem real, but it actually is.

    Rick Florino

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