In this interview I get the chance to speak to NYC based singer/songwriter: Soma. Having known her for more or less six years I can attest to the dedication and love she puts into her craft whether it be her music, poetry – anything having to do with the arts.
I would personally like to thank her for believing in what this site could be (even more than I have at times) and for helping me throughout the entire process. She’s always been someone that I could speak to when it came to my writing – for both poetry and music.
In this interview we get to catch up and speak on some of her dream collaborations, concerns of being a singer versus a songwriter, and she even gives some advice to aspiring artists!
Enjoy the interview!
Q: Before we start off, can I get the backstory of Soma? – Is she something like an alter ego?
A: Soma is a deity of the moon. Growing up, my dad always used to call me ‘mi luna’ meaning my moon. It was always something that meant a lot to me. As a child I was always fascinated by the moon and it continued as I grew older. Dia Reeves said, “She was like the moon—part of her was always hidden away,” and I resonate with that deeply. I feel that am a child of the moon.
Q: I’ve known you for around six years and I knew that you dabbled in writing but I had no idea that you were interested in music until 2017. Is music something you’ve always wanted to take on professionally?
A: I’ve always loved singing growing up. I always wanted to pursue music, but never really felt the push until this year. I feel as though it was something I was made to do.
Q: When did you start writing music? I know that you wrote poems for some time – did it gradually stem from that, or were you always writing whole songs as well?
A: It all started from poems. I thought I wasn’t good enough to write songs until my best friend told me that poems and songs are no different. Now when an idea sparks, I can differentiate whether I want it to be a poem or a song.
Q: Do you go through a process when creating a song? How do you decide what you are going to write about?
A: Most of everything I write about is personal to me. I would say about 99%. It’s an emotional release for me. I usually get a few songs about what I’m currently going through. Lines always hit me out of nowhere—when I’m least expecting it. One of my favorite artist, Banks, mentioned that she gets some of her inspiration like a mantra before falling asleep and so do I. I’ll be half asleep and quickly jot down something in the notepad on my phone.
Q: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
A: The first song I wrote was about classic middle school drama. A loss of a best friend. It was terrible by the way.
Q: Have you ever gone through a creative block? If you have, are there any artists/songs you listen to to help give you inspiration?
A: I am completely inspired by different artists. I’ll listen to SZA to Charli XCX to The Smiths. I think different genres of music and writing styles can help spark something inside of me and I will begin writing again.
Q: Are there any artists you want to collaborate with? Do you have a dream collaboration?
A: I have so many dream collaborations. I would love to collaborate with SZA, Banks, Sia, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, Cupcakke, Tove Lo, Raye, Wafia, Broods, Lana Del Rey and Tara Carosielli. There’s so many different amazing women in the industry.
Q: Is it important for you to draw inspiration from you real life?
A: It is very important to me. I want to express nothing but my truths. For me, listening to songs that I relate to help me through difficult times. I want to be that type of artist for other people.
Q: What kind of advice would you give writers who are just starting out?
A: There is no right or wrong way to write anything, whether it be a song, poem or short story. Just say what you want to say, don’t try and limit yourself, but also don’t try to push yourself too hard. Give yourself some time. Be patient with yourself.
Q: Aside from being a songwriter, you have dabbled in being an artist as well; Do you ever think you will release your own project?
A: That’s my ideal goal. I’m hoping for this year.
Q: When you decided to take music seriously, did you have the support of your family and/or friends?
A: I haven’t told my family yet but my friends are completely supportive of me.
Q: Because you are both a singer/songwriter – would you ever consider collaborating with other writers when it comes to YOUR work?
A: Absolutely yes. I am incredibly open to hearing about other people’s ideas. I’ve already collaborated with two of my friends and they bring the best writer out of me. Sometimes they say things in ways I couldn’t even imagine and I’m just like, “I never would have thought about that.”
Q: If you have any, what are some of your concerns when it comes to being in the spotlight as a singer compared to being behind the scenes as a songwriter?
A: More scrutiny. I’m a very anxious person who unfortunately cares a lot what people think about them. I believe there’s a lot of pressure for singers to be perfect whether it’s their appearance or their lyrics. I don’t want to let anyone down.
Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists out there, many of them too afraid to put out their work in fear of their own self doubts, is there any advice you can offer them?
A: You have a lot more to offer than you think you do. There are a lot of people out there waiting to hear what you create. A lot of people who need to hear what you have to say. Always pursue your dreams or you will regret it. I’m rooting for you.
Q: Are there any artists that you listen to that you’re hoping gets more attention in 2018? If so, who and why?
A: I’m hoping that Wafia gets more attention. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she writes songs about important issues. Her song “Bodies” is about the Syrian Refugee crisis. I also hope Billie Eilish gets the credit she deserves as someone who is so young but is incredibly talented both vocally and lyrically. Raye and Tara Carosielli as well.
Q: What are your plans for 2018?
A: Music, music, music.
Q: Last but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?
A: Thank you for rooting for me because even I don’t believe in me sometimes.