Tate Irving shares his mother’s words of wisdom in his pop-punk single She Said — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
A tale of hardship and personal growth, the upbeat She Said spotlights Irving’s penchant for storytelling while demonstrating his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, Irving draws on his own experiences and setbacks to convey his uplifting message of self-acceptance in an authentic way.
“She Said actually has a pretty has a pretty interesting story,” Irving shares. “I first wrote this song when I was 20 years old and had just came back from working a job in northern Canada. It started off as a song about life lessons taught to me by my mother; just the things that she had taught me over the years and the fact that she had taught me the importance of good values and to take opportunities as they came to pass. She greatly inspired the direction that I set my life in (over) the following years — working and traveling the world at a young age because of it.
“As the years progressed and I circled back to the Idea of recording it, the original version of the song just wasn’t hitting the mark. I decided to revise the lyrics, but keep the same general idea behind it while also staying true to the original chorus, leaving it entirely unchanged. What had started off as a slower acoustic song, transpired into the upbeat pop-punk tune that is being released. I took the experiences and hardships that I’ve gone through in my 20s — heartbreak, lost friendships, social dilemmas, comparing ones self to others etc. — and the subsequent advice that pushed me in the right direction to solve or deal with said problems, and created a song that I hold very dear to my heart.”
Born in Sundre, AB, Irving’s passion for music formed at a young age when he began reading and playing piano sheet music. His love for music eventually blossomed into an admiration for pop-punk bands such as Sum 41 and Blink-182. He started his first band in his teens called Muppet Nectar after picking up the drums. Fast-forward years later to a chance encounter with a hostel owner in Indonesia, where Irving was tasked to perform his first gig with original music; he consistently sold out weekly shows to locals.
After returning to Canada, he met another pivotal figure in his music career: Audio engineer Ryan Frampton. This collaborative relationship would lead to a publishing deal and a suite of releases on the horizon.