Local singer-songwriter Meghan Waterman makes a bold first impression with her debut EP, 3AM Conversations
First impressions in music, much like in life, are crucial. You only get one chance to put that first foot forward and lay down a grand ‘this is me’ proclamation.
Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Meghan Waterman gave a welcome taste of what was to come with her 2016 single As Easy.
Two years later, Waterman impresses in emphatic fashion with her debut EP, 3AM Conversations, a confident and powerful yet restrained medley of low-key R&B and infectious indie pop.
Waterman, who wrote all five tracks on the record, enlisted the help of producer Matt Dines (the record was mixed by Scott Hammond and mastered by Rob Kleiner in Los Angeles), known for his pop-rock projects RocketRocketShip and Lookalike, whom she credits as ‘the man behind the music’ on 3AM Conversations.
“I was so overwhelmed because he was so talented and he knew so much that I didn’t. I met him all the way back in 2014, and we had been working on some stuff on and off,” Waterman says in a sitdown with The Newfoundland Herald.
“It’s been a long journey with Matt. He’s such a talented producer, and a great friend as well.”
If Waterman’s name or face ring a bell, you’re probably one of her thousands of YouTube subscribers or millions of viewers. Perhaps you’ve seen her lengthy list of covers that date all the way back to the eighth grade, or her hilarious ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video (which she attempted post wisdom-teeth op) that went viral in the summer of 2014.
That’s a built-in fanbase money can’t buy, and one that will willingly and eagerly accept original material from a clearly motivated and gifted artist.
“I always wanted to do my own stuff, write my own music,” she explains. “I wanted to put those words that I had written into a song and be able to share it with people. It’s always something that I’ve really loved and worked towards.”
And while Waterman is deadly serious and confident with her artistic pedigree and desire to succeed in an industry that has swallowed up more than a few budding hopefuls, she holds a refreshing pragmatic view of her future.
Balancing Music & MUN
“I basically want to go as far as I can with this, but I’m careful about putting that as my sole main focus,” she said. “The music industry is such a tough thing to break into. I don’t want to put everything into it and then a year or two later be left with nothing, or no degree. I’m kind of balancing music and MUN at the same time.”
For now, Waterman will savour the immediate aftermath of a successful EP release. You never forget your first, and those first impressions are impossible to forget. This is one that will have music fans talking for some time.
For more on Meghan Waterman visit her official Facebook page.