"Fixed" is the breakout heart-wrencher from powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Olivia Castriota's new album, "I Need a Minute."
The artist, originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, has always had a knack for translating anguish into poppy hooks, listing her first musical credits as the composer for songs about middle school heartbreak. Her style in the newest album, and "Fixed" particularly, is a powerful range of sound and feeling with touches of R&B and bluesy-pop.
"Fixed" is a beautiful "shout it from the rooftops" declaration of independence and humanity that hits in different ways depending on where you are. Breaking down during a long solo road trip? "Fixed". Singing into your hairbrush while getting ready for a Zoom Happy Hour? "Fixed". It is a party/cry of a song; something that is personal, uplifting, and deeply vulnerable. She sings like she's singing for her life with a rawness and raspiness that is unmistakably Olivia.
It's the song you sing if you're trying to fully change the mood in a karaoke bar after "Livin on a Prayer".
"Fixed" was written by Olivia Castriota and Riiza, and produced by Sean Hamilton.
1. What can you tell us about the song?
It's a song about mental health, anxiety, depression and all the good stuff in between that. The song is heavy. The video is heavy. I think the whole point of art is to make you feel. So hearing this song and watching this video is either going to make you say “is she okay?” or “oh my god, that’s exactly how I feel too.” And my hope is for the people that fall into the latter category that they see they aren’t alone. 2. What was the process of creating the song? February 2019 is when ‘Fixed’ all started. I had just gotten off of a phone call that was extremely emotional and the best way for me to personally process things is by writing, so that’s what I did. I wrote about the phone call and then texted Regan McCroskey, my go-to writing partner, and told her all about it. We went back and forth with a few ideas and demos for about two weeks and then as soon as I got to LA in March to work on the album, it was ready for production. I played the demo for the producer Sean Hamilton, we restructured things a bit and discussed how it should feel and off we went! Sean is kind of this master of all trades, musically. He’s hands down the best producer I’ve ever worked. He’s like a machine. A man of few words but he doesn’t have to say much because everything comes through in the music. In ‘Fixed’ we wanted to capture a modern electro pop sonic direction while incorporating unique sounds to keep the listener's attention. We wanted this track to begin feeling cold, spacious, distressed and sad to represent my feelings of depression and uncertainty but then move into something bright and dreamy with more feelings of inspiration, empowerment, and hopefulness. 3. What was the most surprising thing about the process? The most surprising thing was how freeing it felt to finally release this song that I had been sitting on for a while. It's a song with such raw emotions but it felt so good to get it out there and start talking to people about something I had struggled with. And by talking I mean talking the best way I know how... through music. 5. Where does the new release fit into the timeline of your musical journey so far?
It's my biggest release to date! It premiered in Rolling Stone India and I'm really happy that this song and music video are getting some well deserved attention. More attention means reaching more people and making people feel more seen and related to. 6.. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise?
Rest assured that I'm always working on something. 7. What do you do when you're not making music?
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