Arcane Meets: Swedish-Iranian R&B Vocalist, Ayelle. “I love how music can help people process their feelings.”

In this editon of “Arcane Meets” we are introduced to the Iranian-Swedish R&B Vocalist, Ayelle. Most known for her soft vocals and melodic cadences, Ayelle has been the artist to watch for the last five years. The electronic-r&b artist, who is currently based in the UK, made time to talk to Arcane about her introduction to music, the hardships she has faced since being thrust into stardom and much more!

Enjoy the interview.


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Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Sure! I’m Ayelle, I’m 24 years old and I make electronic r&b/pop. I’m half Swedish/Iranian and I grew up in Sweden and Spain but now live in the UK.

 

I personally know you to be an R&B artist, but with the amount of music you’ve released since debuting in 2015, some may consider you an Electronic-R&B, and some don’t even label you. I’m curious to know what genre you consider your general sound to be? (if you even affiliate with one)

A: Yep, I would also call it electronic r&b/pop haha. Genres are getting so ambiguous these days though so you can never be sure of what you’re actually making, people will always have  a different idea of what it is to them. I just like to experiment with my voice and quirky sounds.

 

Growing up in London, I’m curious to know what type of music influenced you. Who were some of the artists you gravitated towards in your youth? Are there any in particular you can pinpoint that influence your personal sound? 

A: I’m a 90s baby so I grew up listening to Britney,  Shakira and Beyonce haha. Beyonce was definitely a huge early influence on me as well as this Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston CD that my mom and I would sing along to religiously. Since my dad’s Iranian there was also a lot of persian music in the house growing up which I feel had more of a subconscious influence on my singing techniques and oriental influences.

 

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As I mentioned earlier, you debuted in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 that audiences discovered Ayelle, the artist with your debut project Machine. Can you remember some of the emotions, thoughts, etc. that you felt while creating the project?

A: It was both a very overwhelming and somewhat underwhelming process for me. Overwhelming in the sense that I didn’t have a specific producer I was working with so all of the songs were randomly pieced together with demos and different producers and I worked really hard at still trying to create something cohesive.

I definitely had very unrealistic expectations at that time since it was early days for me, so the release felt underwhelming when those expectations weren’t met. But I’ve always been able to adapt quickly and pick myself back up so that’s what I did and just carried on. I’m still proud of that early project though and I learnt so many valuable lessons from that.

 

Because this was your first project, did you have any goals that you wanted to meet?

A: The goals I had set for the project were different from what I actually got out of it, which I think were some very important lessons about how the industry works.  It equipped me with knowledge that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to attain. I also got my first big blog premiere and playlist placement on Spotify which was definitely a good step in the right direction.

 

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“The whole reason I started making music in the first place was to be able to process my own feelings…”

 

Your lead single “Machine” quickly gained success surpassing over 30,000 plays (on SoundCloud alone); with this being your first project, did you hope for a response like this; and was it somewhat gratifying to know that this many people enjoyed your music?

A: As I mentioned before,  I had very unrealistic expectations about the project and although it made me super happy that people were listening to and enjoying the music, I didn’t realise just how much work there was still to be done, that it was only the beginning.

 

Looking back on the time between Machine’s release and right now, what part of being an artist has been the most gratifying (thus far)?

A: Being able to support myself off music is honestly such a huge blessing. It allows me to focus on making the best art I can possibly make and to navigate this industry with a healthy mindset and lifestyle, something which was very hard to do whilst I was still working a dayjob. Of course the core of why I do this and the most gratifying experience of all is when people reach out and let you know how a song has touched them or helped them through something. I love how music can help people process their feelings.

The whole reason I started making music in the first place was to be able to process my own feelings, so the fact that the songs can do that for others too feels incredible.

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Within a month of release your debut project, you had already begun releasing singles and collaborations; songs like “Reclaim” and “Take Your Time” (prod. Osmo) quickly gaining popularity. With every song that you’ve released, has it ever gotten to a point where it’s hard to remain creative (influenced)? If so, how do you normally get through those times?

A: I’ve been blessed with a constant flow of inspiration in my life so I’ve luckily never had writers block. I don’t think my way to my songs, I kind of let them write themselves. I call it “subconscious writing” because often I don’t know what I’m writing about when I start a new song and as I explore my feelings further the meaning of the song unfolds.

 

By 2017, you had released a ton of collaborations with producers and solo work, but if I’m correct you also released your first song with a featuring artist: “Rush”, featuring Nakala. How did this collaboration come about?

A: I had heard Nakala’s song ‘Paris’ and fell in love with it so I reached out. She works out of a studio in Portsmouth with a producer called Brad Baker so I started going there a lot and working with them, we all get on really well and love working together 🙂

 

Even in 2019, Nakala remains the only singer-songwriter you’ve brought into your world of music. Are there any other musicians you think would mesh with your sound?

A: Yes, this year I’ve got upcoming collaborations with Akacia, Naji and Mothica and hopefully lots more to come!

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“I think who I am as an artist is ever evolving…”

 

As of 2019, you’ve released two projects, two joint projects, countless singles and features. I’m curious to know what some of your goals for the year are?

A: I’m releasing a single every month and putting together some visuals and just focusing on creating consistent high quality music and content.

 

You recently released two singles “NBDY” and “Obvious” could we potentially hear these songs on a project later in the year?; and for those who have yet to hear, can you briefly explain what both songs are about?

A:  They won’t be going on a project as they’re part of the 12 singles I’m releasing this year. Next year however I do have a 10 track EP on the horizon!

The recent singles are quite different as one is about more recent events in my life and the other one draws inspiration from events that happened quite long ago now but that still hurt nonetheless. Obvious is about being in a long distance relationship and wanting to make sure you both remember how much you love each other. NBDY is about domestic abuse and the patterns of both mental and physical abuse which break down your sense of self worth.

 

With every song you create, do you come closer to knowing who you want to be as an artist, and knowing how you would like your music to affect people?

A: I think who I am as an artist is ever evolving, every time I think I’ve come close I start changing again haha. All i know is that I wanna make music that speaks to people on various levels and is able to help people process their emotions and grow.

 

As I mentioned, 2019 marks four years under your belt, do you think you’ve grown (creatively, musically). Are there any words of wisdom you can give up and coming musicians?

A: Yeah absolutely. It can’t be compared haha. My advice would be to educate yourself about all aspects of the industry, through asking questions and always being an active part of your artist project even when you have a team around you. It’s invaluable to understanding the choices you’re making and the consequences.

 

Lastly, is there something you would like to tell your supporters?

A: remember to self care ❤


If you enjoyed this interview and would like to learn more about Ayelle, be sure to follow her on her social media platforms, Instagram and Twitter. For those interested in hearing more music from Ayelle, including songs mentioned in the interview, make sure to support her on SoundCloud, Spotify, and all streaming platforms available!

Arcane Meets: Rising Pop Artist, Lila Drew. “No one knows you better than you…”

In today’s interview, I had the chance to speak with the singer-songwriter who’s being labeled “one of the most refreshing voices in music”. At only 18 years old, the LA based artist, Lila Drew has quickly gained attention for her smooth vocals over r&b influenced pop beats, most evident on her latest single “November”. With Lila juggling between school and a budding career, OA was extremely fortunate to get the chance to speak with Lila about her debut last October, the creation process of her songs, and much more…

Enjoy the interview 🙂


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Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hi, I’m Lila Drew, I’m a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles, but spent my childhood in London. I am also 18 and am a full time student in my senior year of high school.

 

If I’m correct, you’ve only been releasing music since 2018 right? How has the experience been so far?

A: Yes! I put my first song, “faded/2am” with GoldLink, out in October of 2018, and my second song, “november”, out in November of 2018. The experience has been super positive! I was honestly pretty nervous to put out the first song – the idea of putting yourself out into the world and never being able to take it back definitely freaked me out… Since the songs have come out, I’ve just been surprised at how many people have heard my music and how supportive my friends and family has been. There’s something really special about people you’ve never met understanding and connecting with music I made basically in my bedroom – it’s a really unique and poignant feeling.

 

Both of your songs are very R&B and Pop inspired, I’m curious to know the type of music (artists or genres) you grew up listening to?

A: I grew up listening to a huge array of music. My dad had an insane collection, and I immediately fell in love 60s and 70s music. I remember hearing Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life and Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You and Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy for the first time, those were my very first vivid memories.

 

Once you made the decision to pursue music, how did you go about it? Were you already actively writing and recording or did you learn those things along the way?

A: I started singing in choir when I was six, and songwriting when I was eight, so things just progressed very organically and naturally! I started making my own demos, first on GarageBand, and then on Logic and Ableton, and learned to harness my production and writing abilities through that. I don’t think I ever made a decision to pursue music, it was just a huge guiding force in my life and I could never imagine myself doing anything else.

Now, back to your music. You released your first single “Faded/2AM (featuring Goldlink)” in October. What was the creation process for that song?

A: I started writing faded/2am on the way to the studio one day. I was in the car (stuck in traffic), and as I was about to put my headphones in, noticed the absence of noise in the car, which stood out to me. I am constantly surrounded by sound – by other people and by music – and the silence felt so strange. That’s when I opened up the notes on my phone and wrote the first line of the song, “I’m scared of the silence / how it flutters through my room / it just feels violent / I think you feel it too.” The rest of the song kind of flowed after that, I actually ended up writing 12 verses for faded/2am. We ended up going with the first verse! The recording and production of the song was really specific, I knew that the song was my favorite one I had written, and wanted everything to be as close to perfect as possible. GoldLink brought a whole new element to the song that I absolutely love too.

 

Your latest release “November” has also seen moderate success, can you explain what the song is about for those who have yet to hear it?

A: To put it simply, “november” is a nostalgic story of childhood innocence and the natural duality that comes with growing up and getting older while trying to hold onto those bits of youth and purity. It goes through some of my earliest memories, “sitting in your backyard or driving in your dad’s car,” but also expresses my fears of growing up.

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As I mentioned earlier, you are a new artist. Are you excited about your future as an artist? What are some of your goals for 2019?

A: I couldn’t be more excited. I have so much more music to share and I want to explore some new sonics and sounds. I am planning to release at least one EP (maybe two!) in 2019 with some weird visuals to go along with each song. I also want to get to play more live shows!

 

Before we end the interview, are there any words of wisdom (advice) you can give about reaching your goals/dreams; and if there’s anything you would like to say to your supporters, please feel free to do so.

A: It sounds cheesy and cliche, but follow your instincts! No one knows you better than you, so try to find a balance between your own creative mind and others’ advice – I’m still working on this 🙂


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Arcane Meets: Isold. “I don’t consider myself as an influencer, I’m just trying to do what’s right.”

For the first interview of the year, OA had the privilege of connecting with Icelandic beauty, Ísold Halldórudóttir. The body-positive artist and model, who gained traction in 2017 as a model for LOVE Magazine, has used her platform to spread inclusivity since the very beginning. In today’s interview, we had the privilege of discussing the importance of diversity in the fashion world, defying beauty standards, and much more…

Enjoy the interview!

 


 

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hi, my name is Ísold. I’m a model, artist and activist from Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

 

Q: Let’s start from the beginning; your origin is in Iceland correct? Iceland has been described as one of the most progressive countries in the world as well as one of the best countries for women equality. How do you think growing up in this type of environment influenced you?

A: Well, I didn’t. Me and my mom moved to Copenhagen when I was around 7 or 8 and I didn’t move back to Iceland till I was 16. My mom has always been very vocal about the importance of equality.

Being a feminist from the moment she was born, she raised me to believe that I could do anything I wanted to, regardless of my gender; and while Iceland has progressed a lot further than many others, I feel that we still have a long way to go.  

 

 

Q: You’ve used your platforms as model, artist, and activist to push the idea of showcasing diversity and inclusivity. Growing up, is this a subject you were always vocal about, or did it gradually happen the more you got into the industry?

A: From an early age I knew I didn’t fit in, literally.I was too different because I was too fat.  It wasn’t until after I started modelling that I realised how much of a voice I had, or could have.

I’m not doing this JUST for me, I’m representing everyone that’s ever been made to feel that they’re ugly because of their size, or that they don’t belong in this society because they’re “different”.

 

Q: In an interview with i-D, you explained that there were certain standards that made you feel that you weren’t beautiful; I’m curious as to how you got yourself out of that mindset?

A: We have to accept our insecurities so that we can let go of them. Only then will you realise that your “flaws” aren’t real.  

Ask yourself who’s profiting from these emotions? Ask yourself why you think your cellulite defines how beautiful you are, or why you feel it is almost a necessity to have a flat stomach. It’s not you, it’s them. We’ve been manipulated to think everything is wrong with us. There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re perfect.

 

 

Q: You’ve used social media as a way to push your movement of body positivity. I’m curious, are there any influencers that you look up to/are inspired by?

A: Oh of course! I would have to give a huge shout out to La’shaunae.  She’s so fucking inspiring and honest about everything that she does. I truly admire her, she’s gonna change the world.

I recently discovered Lotte Vaneijk on Instagram, she’s a plus size model ( even though I hate using that word because I find it so degrading ) and while fighting for diversity in the industry, she does it in a way without attacking anyone, and I find that really important, and so pure.

Also, Lucinda Graham. She’s so inspiring to how she presents herself and the way she raises awareness to mental health. There should be no shame about taking care of yourself and she truly makes sure to let her everyone know that.

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Q: Social media is actually the reason I discovered you! In 2017, you were photographed by Kendall Jenner for the #LOVEME17 Campaign – what was that experience like; especially with it being your first modeling experience?

A: That was such a surreal moment, yet I still can’t believe it happened. I never considered being a model.  It seemed like such a unrealistic dream. Not because I didn’t find myself beautiful, but because I was fat.

So to get that opportunity, was so overwhelming and empowering at the same time. I had no idea what I was doing, and I was super uncomfortable, but it opened my eyes to something so much bigger than just me.

 

 

Q: How do you think you’ve grown as a person/model since that shoot? Are you now more/less comfortable in front of the camera? What are some tips you could give aspiring models?

A: Definitely more…

My mom being a photographer was always taking pictures of me when I was little, but after graduating from high school I had to completely start from scratch. I didn’t know who I was anymore, so I really found myself when I started modelling, and remembered the comfort and the normality of being in front of the camera.

You have to be uncontrollably ruthless to be able to survive in this industry. That’s what everyone tells me. I call bullshit. Be whoever you want to be. In today’s world there are no rules, there’s no “how to” book, all you have to do to succeed, is believe in yourself. That’s it.

 

 

Q: In being so open and honest about your journey of self love & raising awareness about the lack of diversity in the industry (specifically fashion), you have become a source of light for those who feel underappreciated/valued, at least when it comes to society’s beauty standards. What is the overall mission?

A:  I don’t consider myself as an influencer, I’m just trying to do what’s right. No one should ever feel that they’re ugly.  All of us are so special because of our individuality, we all deserve to feel that we belong, and that’s the mission.

To whisper, no to shout, to all those little girls that are out there right now comparing themselves to each other, arguing, crying, fighting about who’s prettier, who’s fatter, who’s the “it girl” that it doesn’t matter. That there is no such thing as ugly. There is no such thing as flaws or imperfections.

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: I love you. Really.  And to anyone that’s fighting for their dreams, their sexuality, their identity, I support you and I believe in you.


 

If you would like to stay updated on Isold’s journey as an activist and model, feel free to follow her on Instagram 🙂

Make sure to follow OA on social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud to stay updated.

Meet Atlanta Based Photographer: Donte Maurice. “…We all should appreciate and support each other.”

As regular OA readers know, this had gradually become a platform for upcoming creatives worldwide – reaching as far as Asia and Europe. Since the start, I knew my musical background might hinder my choices in interviews, and from the site’s history … you can see that it did.

Regardless, I’ve slowly been broadening my horizons, and that is ultimately what connected me to today’s interviewee. In today’s interview, I got the chance to speak with Atlanta based photographer, Donte Maurice. With around 5 years of experience, the fashion and portrait photographer has already gained the respect of celebrities and brands alike, working with names like 6lack and Sprite.

In this interview, we had the opportunity to discuss the start of his career, qualities of a good photographer, and future projects!
Enjoy the interview.

*all photos are taken by him, unless stated otherwise*


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Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Yes Definitely! My name is Donte’ Maurice and I am a portrait and fashion photographer based in Atlanta, Ga.

 

 

Q: Is photography something you saw yourself pursuing as a career, or was it more of a hobby that blossomed into something more?

A: I’ve been doing photography for about 5 years, but started taking it seriously about 3 years ago; That’s when I knew that this is apart of what I’m meant to do. It definitely started off as a hobby, a quick way to express myself once I got tired of doing graphic design.

 

 

Q: Have you always been interested in the arts (or any form of self expression) or was it something that developed over time? Do you think your family noticed your attraction towards the arts? If so, were they supportive of it?

A: YES! I used to sing and act a lot before I started doing photography. My family supported me in every artistic change I wanted to make in my life. When I was into music, they bought me microphones, pianos, drums, and etc… The moment I changed to photography they purchased my first camera, lens, and laptop.

 

 

Q: You’ve said that some of your favorite influences include: Harley Weir, and Frank Ocean – what about their artistry inspires you?

A: OH MAN! I love both of them so much. Their story telling ability blows me away. I take so much from Frank Ocean’s music that inspires the shoots I take. I love the tones from Harley Weir, once I found out that she shot film that made me want to take the steps into doing that as well. I just love them!

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Q: You started your career in 2015 & by the end of the year you had worked with brands like Moschino and Sprite. Can you explain to us exactly … how that happened; especially while working towards your degree?

A: I honestly can’t even explain what happened. There’s never really a way to plan for something you didn’t think was possible. I was learning as I went, and it took a lot of time management and sacrifices. Around that time I didn’t have a car and Marta doesn’t go out really far either so I was spending money and time left and right to make sure I did my thing. It was a lot, especially managing school, a part time job, homework, and then shooting as well.

 

 

Q: Did you know (or think) that your career would take off that quickly? Was it somewhat overwhelming? Out off all the projects you completed that year, which one was the most gratifying/rewarding?

A: I don’t know, I still don’t think it has taken off. I feel like it was more of a mental change in me once I decided to make it an actual career. In 2015 it would’ve definitely have to be Sprite!

 

 

Q: Earlier this year you photographed Big Boi (of Outkast); As someone based in Atlanta, was that experience sort of surreal?

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A: YES! That was crazy. To be able photograph a hip hop icon for my first print publication. I got hired by Billboard Magazine to do that during my finals week of college. I was literally floating in heaven wh

en I received that email. The amount of trust they had in me was incredible.

 

 

Q: Is there anywhere you would like to travel for photography… or even just to travel?

A: YES! I would love to travel to London and Santorini (Greece). I don’t want to box myself in though, I want to go everywhere!

 

 

Q: You’ve managed to collaborate with a handful of celebrities/influencers since your start; At this point, is there anyone you think you would be starstruck by while having a shoot?

A: It would have to be Beyonce, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean. I would be incredibly nervous! Shooting them with tears in my eyes!

 

 

Q: As someone whose job duties include things like: capturing moments & helping visions come to life – when do you personally know/feel that a shoot has been successful? And what do you think has been the most motivating aspect for you?

A: You just FEEL when a shoot is successful. It’s really hard to describe it. It’s like you know in your heart if you created your best work. The most motivating factor has been knowing that anything can happen any given time.

 

 

Q: What qualities do you (personally) feel makes a good photographer and who are some upcoming photographers you think have these qualities?

A: The qualities that makes a good photographer is relatability, creative, and just love for the people and/or brands they work with. Photographers who I’ve seen and feel have that are Ahmad Barber, Micaiah Carter, Renell Medrano, and many more!

 

 

Q: Before I ask the next question, I want to commend you for your newest project: The Way Up – where you will be “highlighting artists of color”; May I ask what inspired you to start this project?

A: I just love creatives and I feel like we all should appreciate and support each other. Even though I took a break on it for a little bit, I’ll be starting it back up pretty soon!

 

 

 

Q: I’ve noticed the recent influx of creators (specifically of color) beginning to get recognition from their work – people like Bree Holt (The Exquisite Eye), Elizabeth Wirija, and of course – you. Do you, feel it’s important that people of all cultures have the ability to influence society? Who are some up and coming creators (doesn’t have to be a photographer)  you’ve recently noticed?

A: YES! It’s so important. We see things from a different perspective and now a lot of brands are beginning to appreciate it. I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Adrienne Raquel, Joshua Woods, Joshua Kissi, Campbell Addy,  Santiago & Mauricio and Valheria Rocha.

 

 

Q: When you look back at your career in 50+ years, what are some things you would like your legacy to include? What do you think your impact has been so far?

A: I would love to be considered one of the pioneers that help propel the creative scene in Atlanta. I want to go down as a legend in my city like Zach Wolfe, Big Boi, Andre 3000, and many more so I have a lot of work to do! I honestly don’t know what my impact has been so far.

 

 

Q: I’m sure you’ve grown a lot as a photographer, and as an individual as well since starting this journey – is there and advice or words of wisdom you can pass down to aspiring creators?

A: Never give up! Please don’t. If you’re meant to do this then you have to stay in for the long haul. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a lot of great careers weren’t either.

 

 

Q: What are some goals you hope to accomplish next year – as far as, with your photography/brand?

A: My goals for 2019 is to get more print work. I want to be able to work with Vogue, Interview, Fader, W, Vanity Fair and many more. I also would love to hop on a tour some time next year. I think that would be so fun!

 

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?

A: THANK YOU SO MUCH! You guys keep me going and keep me motivated. If it wasn’t for the people that support I have no idea where I would be honestly.


To learn more about Donte, make sure to visit his website, as well as following him on:

Meet Pop Artist: Thuy. “… it always led back to music…”

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!

Enjoy!


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.

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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!
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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.

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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.


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If you want to listen to any songs featured in the interview, check below:
Hands On Me
The Way