Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Austin Meade has shared the video for the new version of his song “Happier Alone,” featuring new Columbia Records phenom Koe Wetzel.
“Koe has been a big supporter, and our bands have been friends for a while,” Meade explains about how the collaboration came to be. “He was really into ‘Happier Alone’ before we even put it out, so the rest just happened naturally. The dude has a killer voice and I really like the way he finds melodies and interesting phrases with lyrics. It was important to me that this feature was with someone I respected and could relate to. We cut his new part while out on a run of shows and came up with a new storyline/perspective to the video that is hilarious. It’s too much damn fun to joke around for a living.”
Meade also reveals that this song is arriving on not one but two very special occasions, sharing, “This version is coming out on the one-year anniversary of the original ‘Happier Alone’ — just in time to give Valentine’s Day the middle finger once more.”
Wetzel weighed in regarding his participation, saying, “Whenever Ii first heard the song, I was like, ‘Damn, this shit is awesome.’ It turned out to be our lake song for the summer of 2020. So when Meade asked me to cut a verse on it, I was honored. I’ve always been a fan of his style of writing, and putting together music, I hope we can nail down some more tunes in the future.”
The Koe Wetzel-assisted version of “Happier Alone” is a standalone single. The original version appears on Meade’s upcoming Snakefarm Records’ debut Black Sheep, which arrives on March 19, 2021.