|“Working on this song has been pretty nuts,” remembers Stolar. “In January, I went up to Seattle with my good friend Jordan Palmer and we wrote with Pat [Monahan, Train] for three days. Pat and I dove into this nostalgic song about Philly and Jordan built out a fierce track that was authentic and was something that Daryl, John and Pat would all feel connected to since they are all originally from Pennsylvania. So, the concept of ‘Philly Forget Me Not’ really resonated. I’m really honored to be a part of this iconic bands catalog.”
For his own oeuvre, Stolar has been focusing on his 18 month-long Raw Emotions project in which he is continually writing and releasing music. Within the breadth of 18 months, Stolar explores the vast span of human emotions, tackles his personal demons through songwriting and chooses two songs to release monthly. It’s a daunting and exciting project that actually helps subvert his struggles with bipolar disorder and depression and channels that energy into the creative outlet of songwriting.
“Last year was a year of growing up,” Stolar explains. “I changed musical directions dramatically, experienced the loss of a great love in my life, became obsessed with writing songs every day, got rid of almost every single item I owned, stopped drinking so much, tried things that scared the shit out of me and started to build a new foundation for myself. I needed this shift emotionally, psychologically and creatively, but at the time I didn’t know it. I was just following my instincts in order to keep moving forward.”
Within the Raw Emotions project, each month is assigned a particular emotion; the current emotion, Nostalgia, finds Stolar releasing his latest single “Suburbia” which EDM Tunes reports that the song “has all those beautiful summer vibes going on with a powerful narrative attached to it.” This Song Slaps says, “Records like Stolar’s don’t come around often…This guy is a magnet for hits and we can’t wait to see what he has next.”
“Falling in love again is hard. That’s the emotional space that the song ‘Suburbia’ came out of,” explains Stolar. “It’s really about the idea that no matter how different a person is from the last, there is a nostalgic element to meeting someone new. For me it reminded me of a girl I couldn’t stop thinking out when I was 13 after my first show in New Jersey. I’m sure when I meet someone else someday it will remind me of someone I’ve met before.”