Since 2016, Weathers has climbed the alternative-rock charts with songs like “Happy Pills” and “Problems.”
ECHO recently had the opportunity to speak with Cameron Boyer from Weathers about the band’s latest single “Feel Good;” which relateably explores the band’s own experiences with mental health, connecting with their fans and what those that love their music can expect next.
What inspired you to write “Feel Good”?
There was a time in early 2019 (January/February) where, for whatever reason, I felt completely lost. I didn’t know if what I was doing was important or significant. I didn’t have confidence in myself anymore. I started to feel completely numb. It was one of the first obvious signs of depression that I wasn’t diagnosed with at the time.
What did the writing process look like for “Feel Good”?
I went to my guitar player, Cameron Olsen, and our producer for the song and the “Kids In the Night” record, Tim Pagnotta, and told them about what I was going through. Tim had shared a similar experience he had when he was younger and we combined our experiences and made “Feel Good”. We started with the concept and put a track together. Then melody and lyrics.
Do you imagine visuals or audio first?
With my film background, I’m a very visual person. I imagine scenes like they were in a movie.
If you could set fans up in the perfect environment to listen to “Feel Good,” what do you imagine it looking like?
Like all of our music, I feel the right way to listen to our music is driving in your car at night with the windows rolled down. You should be on some dark road with either no street lamps at all or only some of the yellow ones. No traffic. No red stoplights.
You do a lot of livestreams with your fans. Why do you feel it’s so important to stay connected with them especially during this time?
I think any artist would agree that the fans are the most important part of your career as an artist. You can’t do much without them. So keeping them close and sharing your environment with them is really important. Plus it’s just really rad to be able to share your world with so many wonderful people. It’s very validating and humbling. And with everything going on in the world right now, it’s important that the fans know you’re not going anywhere. And that they can rely on you for an escape.
You’ve got a tour coming up in July. What is your favorite song to perform live?
“Lonely Vampire.” I love them all, but that one gets me most excited.
You have partnered with organizations including the Jed Foundation and Wear Your Music. Why is mental health so important to you?
Mental health has been a huge part of my life since I can remember. My mom is bipolar 1 and schizophrenic. And it’s because of that my parents have been divorced since I was four. And it’s because of that I don’t have the relationship I wish I did with her. She’s a wonderful human and that almost makes it even harder. I have also recently been diagnosed with depression like many people in the world and take medication. It’s something I always feared I had but ignored it because mental health has been so scary for so long. But I’m learning to embrace it more and more each day. And I think it’s important to not only spread awareness, but also know how and when to get help.
Have you been writing at all during Quarantine?
Lots of writing. This time almost forces you to be creative constantly in order to stay busy.
What can fans look forward to next?
Lots of new music. And new videos. And of course our headline tour.
Is there a quote that you have heard or go by that you want to ECHO out to the world?
It’s a common quote used by many for a long time but I added something to the end that I think is more important now than ever due to this quarantine and suicide rates rising. “It’s ok to not be ok. But it’s never ok to not get help.”