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Isolation led to the creation of Ted When’s “Edge Off”

The singer makes his solo debut.

May 07, 2020

Singer, songwriter, and producer Ted When spent the beginning years of his career as a member of Mansions on the Moon, an band that seamlessly blended the sounds of indie, electronic, and rap. But after some years and a wish to break out into new beginnings, When decided to move from the band's base in Los Angeles to Nashville in hopes of pursuing a solo career. The transition and isolation that came with it proved to be tough for him in the early stages, which led to the creation of his first solo single, "Edge Off," which is premiering on The FADER today.

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“I felt very isolated when I first moved to Nashville. I had struggled with substance abuse, so that desire to shed off feeling and to be unconscious, the idea of self-sedation, is there in ‘Edge Off,’” When said in an email. “I wrote the song on a beat-up, garage sale Casio keyboard — I actually had the same one as a little kid — and I ran it through a bunch of filters and solidified the direction. When you juxtapose soft, airy vocals with hard-hitting tones and percussion, that mixture is really cool and under-utilized.” Listen to the track and watch its visualizer above.

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Isolation led to the creation of Ted When’s “Edge Off”