Why I Decided To Release A Song I Didn’t Feel Great About Years Ago
I pursued a career as a pop star, singer, or whatever you want to call it, for a very long time—over a decade. I haven’t necessarily given it up, but in 2016, I definitely decided to take on other endeavors and give songwriting/singing a break. It felt like the right time. I was really proud of the last single I released (“You Would Be Sure”) and felt that it was a perfect place to pause until the right resources were in my possession to compete more fiercely in the music industry.
During my pursuit as an independent artist, there was one particular song that I never publicly released. It’s called “Let’s Go,” an edgy, rough, bass heavy record that, although handled by some of the best in the business, did not turn out quite the way I expected. It was supposed to be my first public work under the new name of Namon Eugene, and everything was in place for a fall 2014 release.
Below are some of the promotional images that would’ve been used for the release.
At the time, I was teaching myself how to record and produce music, something that I was greatly dependent on others for in the past and was a major expense/difficulty for me. So, as a fresh independent musician with a spanking new stage name, I decided that the best way to create the music I wanted, and to find a truly unique sound, was to do it myself. I wrote, produced, and recorded “Let’s Go” in Huntsville and Houston, Texas completely on my own.
“Let’s Go” was mixed in Los Angeles, California by Zach Nicholls. At the time, his work included some fantastic records from Sevyn Streeter, JoJo, and Eric Bellinger. I was super excited that he said “yes” to my project.
The song was mastered in New York City at The Lodge by Emily Lazar, and assisted by Rich Morales. It was really cool to have her polish my record because, at the time, she had one of the biggest songs on the charts: “Chandelier” by Sia.
After getting the master back, I tested the song (a lot) with many, many listeners. After hearing the varying opinions, I decided to take a different musical direction and keep it in my vault— until now.
A few months back, while thinking about where I’m headed with my new endeavors, I thought it made sense to let the song officially live digitally. I also don’t know when I’ll return to music, so I figured it would be cool to allow my completed work from the early Namon Eugene days exist in the world.
While making and packaging “Let’s Go,” I learned so much. It hugely informed how I released my actual debut single, “You Would Be Sure,” and it also helped me become more meticulous with creative works I’ve done since then. Personally, in many ways, it’s an important piece of art, but mostly, it represents growth. Now that I’m years removed from it, I see it as a time stamp in my life, rather than something I’ll be judged on. From the artwork I created for it, to the sound and lyrical content, I find it to be an interesting capsulation of a time when I was dramatically trying new things, fearlessly.
Looking back, I’m very proud of my tenacity and persistence, something that, as I get older, I have to work a little harder to continue to hold on to.
Now, enjoy streaming, downloading, and exploring “Let’s Go,” wherever/forever.