XCORPIIIO Releasing New Single, “Highway to Hell”

What was your inspiration for “Highway to Hell”? The song came about in the middle of a very impactful period of my life. Over the past few months, I’ve been on a journey of self-rediscovery, self-love, and self-worth. This included coming to terms with things that my family, friends, or society would deem immoral, incorrect, or even soul damning. The song is about breaking free of any and every expectation anybody has ever put on you. I’d rather have an unconventional, dangerous life on my own terms than have a safe, unfulfilling life living by somebody else’s rules. It’s also kind of part two to ‘Lost Me’, my previous release, as it speaks to finding yourself after having lost yourself to please someone else.

How long have you been working on this project? I wrote and recorded the song in a couple of hours. I’m over the past couple of months, I would leave it alone and go back to tweak certain parts in the mix, as I find taking time from something helps to hear it in a better way.

How has Covid-19 affected this project? Due to all of the financial assistance provided by the government during this time, I was able to comfortably work on this project, among many others, without concern for “when my next check would come in”.

Who did you work with on this project? The producer of this song is this AMAZING musician, called Hieloway. I cannot express how impressed with his work I am. Definitely expect a lot of collaborations in the near future.

What is your favorite part of the song? I have a few favorite parts of this song. The first being the slow to fast riff when I sing “who’s to blame,” because it reminds me of Amy Lee from Evanescence (major influence of mine), the saying of the prayer as a pre-chorus (most people know the words and sing with me), the post-chorus vocal layering, and finally, the build-up into the final verse which is just affirmation after affirmation of strength and courage. I try my best to make sure that my songs have something different and interesting about them throughout each section, so as to avoid boring the listener. Especially because I love when I hear a song and I’m constantly discovering new things in it even after the hundredth listen.

What would you like your listeners to get out of the project? More than anything else, I just want people to be happy with who they are. I don’t care what that means. Most, if not all, of the world’s problems, come from the fact that everyone is so unhappy with themselves. Break free and be who you were born to be.

What else can we expect from you in 2021? Definitely a few singles of multiple genres, and possibly an album or an EP.

Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans, listeners, and our readers regarding this project?

There is only ever one you, and it took many generations to bring you into the world. Your bloodline has survived plagues, asteroids, and many other things that other bloodlines have not. You are so special. Remember that. Claim that. Live that.

"Highway to Hell" will be available on all platforms May 7th.

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