I'm Worth It
Arlene Paculan released her first EP titled ‘I’m Worth It’ in early 2010. After her visions of becoming a recording artist had been put on hold for a few years to establish her acting career, Arlene continued to write songs and create homemade demos without the intention of recording or performing them professionally. Thankfully, her mother reconnected with a business client in October 2009 and casually mentioned Arlene’s recording techniques: a laptop, keyboard, guitar, mic, and Cubase, though leading to one cramped bedroom, also gave birth to many early songs. Fortunately, Sammy G, co-owner of Kuya Productions, (now producing Toronto-based artist, JRDN) offered to help record some of Arlene’s tracks. After recording ‘Get Over Yourself’, Arlene fell in love with the process and was, again, head over heels with the idea of creating music and sharing it with the world. And so, her first EP was born.
‘I’m Worth It’ was born from a conversation between close friends. Upon reflecting on where they were in their lives, Arlene was constantly reminded that the only limits they had were merely the ones they had imposed on themselves. This made her realized that people can choose to either be their own worst critic, or their biggest fan. For this reason, 'I'm Worth It' was selected as the title of the EP and the first song that resonates once you press play. ‘Get Over Yourself’ is dedicated to those who put on a strong front by putting others down. ‘Closer To You’ represents the thoughts that one has before the start of a loving relationship and 'One More Day' is about a desperate attempt to hold onto a loving relationship - a break-up song written by Arlene for fun. Arlene grew up listening to (and obsessing over) the amazing, Our Lady Peace, and admired Raine Maida from afar. Having said that, the song ‘Your Voice’ was written for the frontman. Finally, the last song on the EP ‘Forgive Me’ voices out the thoughts of a woman who is insecure about her lover’s intentions as well as her own. Over a year has passed since her first visit to an actual recording studio and she has been producing her own intimate concerts, playing at fundraisers, writing numerous songs, and making a name for herself around the GTA.