In today’s interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with Cali based artist, Thuy (pronounced Twee). For OA followers, the name may sound familiar seeing as she was featured on our monthly playlist in September with the song Options; but for those who are visiting the site for the first time, let me give a little insight.
Thuy is an artist whose sound will fill you with the nostalgia of the early millenia. Citing artists like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, she’s well on the way to being one of the new faces for pop music. In this interview, we got the chance to speak about becoming an artist, collaborations – an we even (accidently) got a surprise for all you Cali fans, at the end!
Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?
A: Hi everyone! My name’s Thuy and I’m a singer/songwriter based out of the Bay Area!
Q: When I listen to your music, I get the same reminiscent feeling that I get when listening to music from the early 2000s – I’m curious, who were some of your musical influences growing up?
A: That’s so funny that you say that because a lot of my influences are artists from the early 2000s! I’m talking Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, etc! I thought I was gonna grow up and become the next Britney Spears to be honest. I used to play her albums over and over until my boombox died. LOL. I definitely do think that my love for pop music from the early 2000s has inspired a lot of the music I make now.
Q: Before becoming an artist, were there any other career paths you had looked into, or did you always know it was music? Was it a decision that your peers supported?
A: I remember singing at such a young age. Like I mentioned earlier, I thought I was gonna be the next Britney Spears of my day. But of course, life happened. I ended up doing really good in school and getting my Bachelors at UC Santa Barbara. I thought for the longest time that I was going to become a Pediatrician. When that didn’t work out, I thought about becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Basically, I thought I was going to work in the medical field my whole life. At the same time, I was making music on the side for about 3 years. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I had an honest conversation with myself about what my real passions were in life; it always led back to music.
Q: Once you decided that music is what you wanted to be known for, what excited you the most: the creation process (writing / recording), performing, spreading a message, etc?
A: I love it all! But..my favorite part about making music is getting to perform it and also the music videos are really fun! I feel like a whole different side of me comes out and I honestly surprise myself each time.
Q: Most of your music has to do with relationships, do you tend to draw inspiration from personal experiences? Where do you get your inspiration(s) from?
A: Most definitely. I think the best music comes from personal experiences. I’ve been heartbroken before and it helped write a lot of my songs. When I pull from my own experiences, it’s so easy to become inspired and write. I think majority of my listeners have also gone through similar things and it’s amazing to see how much impact my music has; for them and myself.
Q: One of the first times we heard you, was with the release of “Hands on Me” (feat. CR Crucial) – what was the process of creating your “debut” like? Were you nerve-wrecked/excited once you released it out into the world?
A: It was not too serious! It was my first song and I didn’t expect so many people to love it! It had a couple radio spins which amazed me considering it was the first song I ever made! CR played such a heavy role in helping me write. He’s just sooo talented and writing with him was so organic. We wrote this song together in his garage one night and had so much fun; writing each line was like putting together all the pieces of a puzzle.
Q: You’ve collaborated w/ CR Crucial a number of times since this, most recently on his track “On Your Line”; Is their anything about their artistry that makes you want to keep collaborating with them?
A: I feel like we make the best songs together! People love when we collab and it’s always such a fun process. I feel like music shouldn’t be stressful and you should just live in the moment. Writing and making music with CR is just that.
Q: How do you feel about collaborations in general? Are there any up and coming artists you want to work with? Dream collaborations?
A: I get a lot of DMs and emails asking to collab; I’m not against it but I want to LOVE their music before agreeing. I don’t get caught up in the amount of IG followers they have. I just wanna make good music. If I like their music, I would be down to collab. Dream collabs? Hmm…I honestly can’t answer this question. Collabing with Kehlani would be cool! I love her energy!
Q: You recently released “The Way” – can you briefly explain what the song is about?
A: “The Way” is such a cool funky song; super west coast vibes. It pulls from the classic “I Like the Way (Kissing Game)” by Hi-Five. It’s really just about loving the way someone makes you feel; physical and emotional.
Q: I know that you’ve performed quite a few times – have you gotten the chance to perform the song yet?
A: I have! I performed it before it was released which is a cool feeling. If people love it, I’m that much more excited to release it to the world.
Q: What is it like performing?Are there events you would like to perform at in the future?
A: I love performing! I get a little nervous at first but that disappears the moment I hit the stage! People are thankfully so receptive to my music which makes it so much fun; especially when they sing along. I would love to perform at Rolling Loud, Coachella, honestly anywhere lol. I just love it.
Q: You’re based in LA, but are there any other areas you would like to visit/perform? Are there any places you would be surprised to learn you had supporters?
A: I’m actually based in the Bay Area. But surprise! I’m moving to LA in January! I haven’t actually told anyone so you guys are the first to know. I have a lot of fans in Australia and the United Kingdom! It’s amazing to me to see how far music can travel. I would love to visit those places and perform there.
Q: Because you’ve been consistently dropping music for the last 3 years, does it ever get hard to continue being creative/get new ideas? If so, how do you usually get through it?
A: Oh man…creative blocks are crazy. It’s hard to be creative 24/7 so I love to take breaks in-between. If I can’t write to a song instantly, I won’t continue to sit there for hours trying to. I usually will stop listening to the beat and move on. In a week or so, I’ll re-visit the beat and if I’m still experiencing writer’s block, I’ll just pass on the beat. I gotta love every aspect of the song before I fully invest myself into it.
Q: How do you think you’ve grown as an artist (& person) since you started music? Is there any advice you could give aspiring artists?
A: I’ve grown so much since the start. I used to be so timid and unconfident. I didn’t fully believe in myself yet. I knew I loved making music so I continued to do it because I loved it. Every song I released and every performance I had helped to make me more confident and sure of who I was as an artist. I feel like we’re constantly evolving but I’m happy with who I am today.
For any new aspiring artists, just continue to work on your craft and LOVE what you do!
Q: As of 2018, you’ve released countless quality singles and collaborations, been featured on music platforms such as Spotify, performed a handful of times; I’m curious as to what some of your goals for the rest of the year.
A: My goals are to continue to do the same thing but with 120% effort. This move to LA is going to be a pivotal moment in my journey. I’m pretty much cutting off the medical field and focusing on music full time. It’s such a scary thing to think about but I’m also SO excited for this change!
Q: Is there anything we should be preparing for?
A: MORE music and visuals for sure! I’m working on releasing an EP next year so look out for that!
Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. I’m so blessed to have such a core fanbase already and I am honestly so grateful for each and every one. You guys mean so much to me and without you, my music would fall on deaf ears. So thank you for giving me a platform to show you who I am.