A must : What artists are your biggest influences?
Michel Gondry, Tina Fey, St. Vincent, Etta James, Lady Miss Kier.
What inspires your songwriting? A story? life? love? everything and more?
I write a lot in my diary most of my songs come from that actually. I find that songwriting is a kind of therapy, I process my anxiety, heartbreaks, and phobias through my writing… whether it’s falling in love, fearing for the future, or a strange fleeting moment with a stranger, somehow being inspired to make music creates a place for me to digest my life and the things that are painful become less painful when you sing them 100 times.
How would you describe your sound? I made up a name for my kind of music, I call it eclecto-pop because I don’t really know how to describe it! It has elements of folk, world music, and of course pop… I basically want to give myself enough space to explore and create my own sound without boxing myself into a certain genre. When people ask me what kind of music I make, I usually just shrug and tell them “you tell me!”
Any must haves or do’s before a show? I’m usually a weirdo before shows. I like to be by myself (like, good luck having a conversation with me), I listen to Beyonce’s Lemonade on repeat, and even after all these years I still get nervous! Not terribly so, but whether it’s a huge stage or a tiny thing, I still get flustered. I think I like the roller coaster ride of it all.
What would you consider your personal mantra and Philosophy in life, music and beyond? Don’t be afraid. (I’d say this is my mantra because I’m such a naturally anxious person that I try to force myself both artistically and personally to take risks and live a less fear-based life. Sometimes it even works!)
What are the three most important things in life for you? Passion, authenticity, and fun.
Any artist you would be in complete awe to play with? Perfume Genius, I just love him.
Currently, what album can’t you put down? Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
Best place to get inspired? (If it’s secret just describe it, no need to go into full detail – wouldn’t want for it to stop being a secret) Lately the place where I write the most is on my terrace. Something about being out in the sun, hearing the traffic way in the background, being alone in the middle of a city, feeling isolated and at home, makes for really great songs. When I look for inspiration, I become a total hermit. Sometimes I realize it’s been a couple of days and I haven’t seen anyone or left the house!
What are your plans for 2017? I guess I just want to live my life to the fullest so I’ll have lots of good stuff to write about!
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