Téa Gonzales is stepping outside of her comfort zone.
Last Friday, the local Pop/R&B artist who goes by the stage name Téa G released her latest single “Without You.” Straying from her roots, the song delves into electronic dance music (EDM) territory thanks to collaborator Brandon LeBrock.
“I was a little bit skeptical about releasing this song because it’s not necessarily the type of music I typically create. But I’ve thought about it a lot and nowadays I feel like there are no rules to music and everybody is kind of jelling their genres together. I was super excited to be able to branch out of my comfort zone and try something new,” said Gonzales.
The Los Angeles-based producer reached out to Gonzales online in February 2021 after coming across her TikToks and liking what he saw. LeBrock had the music and lyrics and was looking for a singer to provide vocals to the track. The pair were soon FaceTiming each other different melodies until Gonzales ended up recording her final vocal tracks at a friend’s home studio in Edmonton.
In keeping with most of her discography, “Without You” is about relationships. It explores the scenario of someone knowing their relationship is over but being afraid to move on because they don’t remember what life was like without their significant other. While the overall concept and lyrical content are quite melancholy, the music itself offers an upbeat juxtaposition.
“It was cool to do an EDM song because it’s a lot more about the actual music rather than the lyrics. It’s definitely something I’m glad I pushed for because now I feel like I can kind of branch out and do more than what I’ve been doing in terms of genres of music and writing styles,” said Gonzales.
To accompany the single, both a lyric video released last Friday as well as a live performance video dropping tonight have been created with the help of Gonzales’ new marketing/publishing team Collab Asia. Both can be found on her YouTube channel.
While Gonzales had hoped to have had an EP out this summer, her new plan is to continue recording and releasing singles throughout the fall with the end goal of releasing a full-length LP by 2022. With all health restrictions in Alberta now gone, she will even have the chance to grace the stage once again in September at a number of performances she has yet to announce to her fans.
“I can’t wait to get back on stage. There’s going to be a lot of adrenaline and lots of nerves, but at the same time, it’s going to be super fun. My favourite part of this industry is doing live shows and interacting with an audience,” said Gonzales.