Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Kris Angelis, who discusses their new single, “Win the Game.”
About Kris Angelis:
Kris Angelis’ journey of self-exploration continues her latest single “Win The Game,” out on June 17th, 2022. A songwriter known for her intense transparency and hopeful reflections, Kris Angelis continues to impress fans and critics alike with each subsequent release. Her 2020 EP, “THAT SIREN, HOPE,” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, topped Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart and was on the first-round ballot for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards. Additionally, her latest single, “Run” was added to rotation on SiriusXM The Loft and is currently receiving FM radio play across the country while “The Skies We Look To” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. As she prepares to release her newest project, “Damn Shame Waste,” she dives deeper into moments of healing and hope.
Review Fix: You’ve been busy since the last time we spoke- what has changed for you?
Kris Angelis: I spent the past year living in Northern California to be closer to family and became an aunt! I’m totally obsessed with my niece! I’m back in LA now getting ready for an album release and hopefully getting out on the road again.
Review Fix: How are you “Winning the Game”?
Angelis: I’m learning and getting closer to winning the game of self-love which I think is where every other kind of winning stems from.
Review Fix: What is special about this single?
Angelis: I really tried to be vulnerable with this song. Not in the heartbroken way I have been in a lot of my other songs but in a really taking responsibility, admitting where I went wrong, apologizing, and forgiving way, while still standing in the power that all those things really give you and fighting for what’s important to you with love.
Review Fix: What’s the origin story?
Angelis: The main idea behind the song was rejecting the idea of pretending you don’t care in situations of conflict or when you want something. It’s about communicating and actually hashing it out. I stand behind that as the way to do things but I have definitely done it clumsily/less than ideally so it’s also about acknowledging that with love and respect toward myself and others.
Review Fix: Did it change at all during production?
Angelis: I came in with a specific idea of how I wanted it to sound and my producer Billy Lefler gave me that! The lyrics didn’t change but there was some messing around with things like a kind of call and response that we ended up taking out after we got the incredible strings back from Dave Eggar because what he played in their place was so much cooler! Also, fun fact, I had this random magic wand made of bent wire that I had found when I was moving and I brought it into the studio to give to my producer’s daughter. It makes this wonderful sound when you tap things with it and we ended up recording it and putting it in the track! I don’t think we even had to tune it!
Review Fix: What’s your favorite line in it?
Angelis: “I’d rather jump in and clean up the mess than win the game of who cares less”
“I said some things that I didn’t mean…scratch that, I meant them but there was more in between”
Review Fix: What does it do that your other tracks don’t?
Angelis: It has an epic quality that not many of my tracks have but I love!
Review Fix: How do you want it to be remembered?
Angelis: I’d love it to be a source of empowerment and inspiration to many people! If it was on a TV show or film so that people can associate it with something else powerful, that would be awesome!
Review Fix: What’s next for you?
Angelis: The album that this song is on, called “Damn Shame Waste” is coming out Sept 9th! You can pre-order the whole thing and get “Win the Game” right away starting June 17th on iTunes, Krisangelis.com, Bandcamp, and more!
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Angelis: The full-band album release show will be at the Hotel Cafe on August 25th at 9pm! My identical twin sister will be singing with me and I’d love to see you there! Tickets are available at hotelcafe.com