Meet NYC Alternative Pop Artist: Chloe Lilac. “I would’ve never thought it would reach that many people…”

Coming off of a brief hiatus, Arcane is happy to present: Chloe Lilac. Raised in New York City, this Brooklyn native has become one of the most sought out alternative acts we’ve seen in a while. It seems the stripped down and laid back vibes Lilac offers in her music is just what we’ve needed in the industry.

Although she’s only been around for a year, her transparent lyrics and intimate performances has attracted a cult following (whom she calls “Flowers”).

Whether this is your first time hearing about Ms. Lilac, or you’re a self-proclaimed “Flower”, I think you will enjoy this insightful interview talking about everything from her influencers and street performing in New York City, to the release of her first song and being on tour!

Enjoy the interview!


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

A: Hey! My name’s Chloe Lilac, I’m a singer/songwriter/producer from Brooklyn, New York.

 

Q: Your music is generally Pop (specifically Alternative & Bedroom Pop (Lo-fi)) – I’m curious as to who you listened to growing up? Who are some current artists you’ve been listening to?

A: Oh man, I listen to all types of stuff.

Growing up I mainly listened to Frank Zappa and The Talking Heads, ironically enough I wasn’t really allowed to listen to pop music. Now, I listen to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest, Samm Henshaw, Mac Ayres, Mac Miller, Mac Demarco (many Macs), Lana Del Rey, Childish Gambino, Tyler, the Creator, Ski Mask, Car Seat Headrest and Hiatus Kaiyote.

 


Q: Did you always know that you would take on music professionally, or was there a specific moment that it all just … clicked?

A: That’s a great question! It’s been the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do, and ever since I can remember I’ve been writing songs. I’ve always had an insatiable drive to do music. I don’t think I’d be able to do anything else.

 


Q: Once you decided to become an artist, how did you go about it? (Did you begin by songwriting/producing/performing/etc?)

A: I’ve been writing songs my entire life, and performing in bands ever since I was 8 years old. I began by producing my own songs when I was 10 on Garageband. Then when I was 13, a friend told me to check out this website, SoundCloud, it’s been history ever since.

 

Q: I know for a short time you busked (performing outside) , was it ever intimidating – especially living somewhere like New York City? Where did you get the confidence to do that?

A: Again, I was desperate to succeed in music and I had no idea how to infiltrate the music scene. I have the outrageous privilege of growing up/living in New York City, so my impulsive 13 year old brain concluded that the best way to go about getting exposure was to busk. I was never scared, I was honestly just so desperate for success that nothing mattered.

 


Q: After a short time busking, you were introduced to a producer named Bobby Yewah – how was it meeting for the first time? How has he helped you musically?

A: I LOVE BOBBY!! That’s the MAN. He took me under his wing and taught me so much about myself, confidence, and music. I’d come in with a song written, play it for him on the piano, he’d produce it out in like 2 hours (so talented) and then we’d watch Netflix and eat Wendy’s. He taught me how to be a recording artist. Not every take has to be perfect. Having fun in the studio and talking about real shit is important. Music is about connection. He also taught me that working with a producer is a collaboration. The song is both of yours.

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Q: Early last year, you released your first song “Reckless”, what was that experience like?

A: I was at a really interesting time in my life. I was being really reckless (hence the name) at the time and was really finding myself as a young woman. I wanted to write about how much of a mess I was. Being a kid in New York, you grow up faster than a lot of other places. It was the first song I had ever professionally recorded, and I was so nervous the whole time. Bobby calmed me down and was super patient.

 


Q: Once the recording process was completed, how did you feel listening to it as a whole? Were you nervous about releasing it?

A: I cried when I first listened to it. I couldn’t believe it was me. I honestly wasn’t that nervous, I was excited to see the reaction online.

 

Q: Do you ever get nervous when you release new material?

A: OH YEAH. Definitely, especially when it’s a song about a specific person.

 


Q: What type of advice could you give aspiring artists (specifically musicians) when it comes to debuting?

A: Just put it out there, take a deep breath and let it rock. Don’t try to control the outcome. Surrender to the process and everything will follow.

 

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Q: Almost a year to your debut, you released your fourth song, “Your Worst” which has accumulated over 10,000 plays (on Soundcloud alone). Can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: It was about this guy that I really liked, that I’d on and off talked to for a pretty long time. We always ended up hating each other, then half a year to a year later we’d always end up back where we started. It had been a vicious cycle for a while. We were at the not talking phase and I missed him, so this was how I coped with it.

 


Q: What (or who) exactly influences you to write and how do you maintain creativity?

A: All my songs are about real shit. That’s why I get nervous about releasing them. Childish Gambino is my biggest inspiration, as well as Lana Del Rey.

 

Q: Shortly after Your Worst, you released, what can be called your signature song, “Stolen Liquor” – which was praised by sources like Nylon Magazine. Did you ever expect this song to catch on so quickly and reach as many people as it did?

A: Oh my gosh no – I screamed when I saw Nylon picked it up! That was crazy, Nylon is such an iconic magazine. Shook can’t even begin to describe how I felt. I would’ve never thought it would reach that many people in such a short time. It was really really cool.



Q: When you perform, does it ever overwhelm/encourage you to see just how many people enjoy your music? Where do you think you would be most shocked to learn you had fans? … Do you happen have a name (or any ideas) for your supporters yet?

A: I always get surprised when people like my music. I’m so in my head about it that when people tell me they like it, it takes me off guard (in the best way). I’m honestly always shocked to hear I have fans. It brings me so much joy. I have no idea what I’d call them, maybe flowers?

 



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Photo by Olivia Kearney

Q14: Speaking of performances, you are about to head on tour with alternative pop/rock singer Sasha Sloan for a few shows, are you excited? How did you guys even connect?

A: I’M SO EXCITED!!! I opened for Rejjie Snow recently, and then she reached out to my manager about me opening for her. I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

 

 

 


Q: Should the crowd be prepared to sing along to your latest hit single “Summer” while you’re on stage? What can we expect from your set?

A: Just good vibes and fun. I want people to feel comfortable dancing and feel at home! When I’m performing it should be a safe space for expression, I want everyone to leave with a smile on their faces knowing they had a good time.

 


Q: After the tour, should we be waiting for a Chloe Lilac project, and maybe even a tour/mini tour of your own by 2019? Are there any places/events you would like to perform in the future?


A: I just finished my EP, so hopefully it’ll come out soon! Camp Flog Gnaw is a festival I’ve always wanted to perform at. The Bowery Ballroom is a dream of mine to sell out and play. Also Madison Square Garden, but that’s a little more long term! I’d also love to go to London and Paris and do a couple shows there.

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Q: For a new artist, you have accomplished quite a bit, from countless stellar performances to acknowledgement from established sources in the industry – I’m curious as to what some of your goals (whether work related or personal) for the rest of the year are?

A: Thank you! I want to make good music, help out other artists and connect with as many people as possible, as well as build up my fan base and start my album. Also, perform a LOT. In terms of my personal life, try to be the best person I can be and the best friend I can be.

 

 

Q: Because you are such a consistent artist, and seem very hard-working, how do you spend your free time? What advice can you give other creatives about balancing a work and personal life?

A: I’m still figuring out the balance, honestly. I have an amazing group of friends that I love so much. My advice is: try to find like minded, supportive, creative people. Personally, I’ve found being sober or if not keeping it in strict moderation has helped me a lot with keeping my work life/priorities on track and keeping my drive up.

 


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

A: Thank you all so much! Really, I’m incredibly grateful. Don’t hesitate to reach out! Big love to all of you and new music is on the way!

 


If you enjoyed this interview and would like to hear the songs featured throughout the interview you can choose from the selection below:

 

Lastly, stay updated by following her on: Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter!

Meet Upcoming Alternative Artist: Celestia. “Keep doing your own thing and eventually your hard work and time you put into it will pay off.”

For today’s interview I got the chance to speak to upcoming singer/songwriter, Celestia. Currently based in Oregon, the Cali native has been working for the last two years to make a name for herself in the alternative / indie scene with hits such as “Sucky Notes” and her latest single “Malevolent” – it’s safe to say she’s in a lane of her own. If you enjoy listening to artists such as Avril Lavigne, TRACE, Miriam Bryant or any dark pop / indie rock artist that pops into your mind, be sure to listen to Celestia once you finish up the interview!

Enjoy 🙂


 

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself? (Your name, Where you’re from, etc.)

A:  My name is Celestia. I’m 20 years old. I was born in Santa Clara, CA and grew up in Portland, OR.

 

 

Q: Growing up, did you aspire to be a musician or was it a dream that grew over time? Was music something you were brought up around?


A: Growing up I’ve always wanted to become a musician. A huge influence for the start of my interest in music comes from my family. The earliest age I could remember myself singing is around 5 years old. I’ve heard my mom sing so much when I was a kid that I wanted to try it on my own one day. She used to show me old videos of her performing when she was younger. My dad played the guitar, and eventually around 12-13 years old I started to teach myself how to play. I stopped music for a little bit in high school, but began to pick it up back up again in the more recent years.

 

 

Q: When you initially decided to become a musician, did you have support from your inner circle? (family or friends)

A: A lot of my friends and family already knew that I had a passion for singing, and for  music in general. In terms of sharing about how I could use my passion as my career was another story… I grew up in a very strict household and was taught that my only way in life was to graduate from college pursuing a job in the medical field specifically. I didn’t disagree with the way my parents made it important to go the traditional route, although having that principle in my life just made it hard for my parents to support me, sometimes even with friends. So I always doubted myself and decided to even stop music for a few years because of the discouragement. But I think I can confidently say now, I’ve learned from those experiences, I just keep trying, because it music makes me happier than anything else.

 

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Q: Your music is generally alternative, who are some artists that you’ve been influenced by?

A: I feel like I’m influenced by so many genres. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock from my dad, and more of R&B stuff because of my mom. I think that’s where my type of music I try to create comes to play. It’s hard for me to stick to one, I tend to mix and match often because I think it’s fun. I’m very experimental, it could be a bad thing sometimes in my opinion lol

 

 

Q: The first song you ever released to the public was “Sucky Notes” back in 2016. What gave you the inspiration to write that song? Were you nervous about how it would be received by the public?

A: Sucky Notes was a perfect example of what I was going through during that time. Being heartbroken was a huge part of the reason why I took my music to the direction it went to. I took sadness and tried to give that comfort to feel good while listening to it too. You know, I’m not gonna go in TOO much detail about it, but I definitely was in a dark place in my life when I created that song. Also during that time, a lot of my friends were encouraging me to release original music, so I gave it a shot and said why not? It’s not my favorite song, but it’s definitely a memorable one.

I was nervous to release it because I hadn’t shown anybody my original songs. So it was a big step for me and my development. It almost felt liberating because I was letting out so much emotion in such a vulnerable time in my life.

I felt like it introduced me to a lot of many opportunities as well. My current music has definitely taken a different direction from heartbreak, though. But I still apply those types of themes in my music.

 

 

Q: Since it’s release, it has accumulated almost 20,000 plays on SoundCloud alone, how does it make you feel to know this many people support you?

A: It’s surreal. I question it everyday. Like, why? I’m just a girl making music on soundcloud in my room. Lol. I did not expect that many people to listen to any of my music to be honest. I started to release my music for fun. When I started noticing that people wanted more, I changed my sense of direction to a more serious path. My supporters are the reason why I try to work harder, without them I don’t know where I would be. They taught me that music was something I wanted to seriously pursue in life.

 

 

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Q: You continued releasing music throughout 2017 and in 2018 released your debut project This is Revival.  Where does this work ethic come from?

A: When the end of 2017 came to play, I started thinking about ways to try to experiment even more with my music. I felt like a lot of people didn’t know who I was just yet, and I wanted to formally introduce myself as an artist.

 

I was only releasing singles, kind of teasing the idea, you know? Haha. Since my audience started gradually growing, I wanted to give back to them somehow. Kind of sending the message out that I’m staying. I want to keep that type of relationship with people that support me.

 

 

Q: Speaking of your newest project, what is the meaning behind the title? Can you briefly explain the project as a whole?

A: “This Is Revival” is my baby. I treated this project initially as an experiment, but the concept of the project itself inspires me a lot. I just sat down one day and asked myself if I was really letting people know how serious I am about music. So I pumped out over 17 songs in a few months and said, ‘you know what, whatever, here it is. This is me. Take it or leave it.’ It started getting fun..

The more I made music, the more I learned how much I genuinely enjoyed it. Granted, I don’t think I’ve reached my entire potential yet, and I have those discouraging moments. But making music is truly and has always been a safe place for my creative senses.

 

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Q: Since it’s release, you’ve released your latest song “Malevolent” – can you explain what the song is about for those who have yet to hear it?

A: Malevolent was a really fun project to work on. It’s about evil intent. Not necessarily about anyone specific, but the concept of feeling surrounded by hostile behavior. I don’t know. I can’t trust anyone. Just the truth. But it could mean anything to anybody, which is always the cool part about art. It’s also a single off of an upcoming project with one of my producers. M-Piece.

 

Q: As mentioned earlier, you’ve been out for almost two years – is there any advice would you give aspiring artists when it comes to creating music and staying inspired?

A: I just want to say, we’re all still growing and learning. Don’t worry about what anybody else thinks. Just keep doing your own thing and eventually your hard work/time you put into it will pay off somehow. Be open to constructive criticism, focus on developing your own sound. Look for more influences whether if it is more music, painting, or writing. Stay consistent, and interact with your supporters. Building that relationship is so important. I personally think it’s the best part. Lastly, as corny it might sound, just always try to have fun with it too. If it makes you happy, then why not keep going for it? You might as well make the most of it.

 

 

Q:  Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: To all my long time supporters, thank you so much for sticking around since Sucky Notes. You all believe in me when I don’t, and I appreciate every single one of you! Your support will never go unnoticed, it’s what keeps me going. To all my current supporters, thank you for checking me out, I’m glad you enjoy my music, it gives me some peace in my mind. I feel like I’m letting out a huge part of myself when I release my music, so it’s cool that people want to experience that with me too.


Be sure to listen to Celestia’s newest song “Malevolent” buy clicking here,

To stay updated for future releases make sure to follow Celestia on: Twitter, Instagram

Meet Indie Pop Artist: Cassie Marin. “. . . Music saves me everyday.”

In today’s interview I had the pleasure of speaking with pop artist Cassie Marin. Some of you may remember her from the article Artists You Should Know as well as having the Video of the Week with her song “Remember You” – off her latest EP S.O.S. I got the opportunity to speak with her about what it will take for her to feel successful, finding her sound and much more!

Read below for full interview:


 

Q: Hello, for the readers who are discovering your music through this interview – would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hi hello hey! My name is Cassie Marin 🙂

I’m from Miami, Florida and I started my journey with music when I was 4! I began by playing piano until it evolved into composing and songwriting, and that became my way of life. My birthday is on Valentine’s Day, my favorite color is yellow and music saves me everyday.

 

Q: How would you describe your sound for those who have never heard your music?

A:  I always feel weird trying to describe my own sound, just because I feel like I hear it so differently than everyone else, but a close friend of mine wrote this after listening to my music recently and I was very touched :,) So I’d like to share that:

Listening to Cassie Marin’s music is like entering a blooming secret garden of deeply personal experiences. Refreshingly unique, Cassie combines the best parts of Moody R&B, Pop and House to elicit a distinct emotion while maintaining airy, ambient and unassuming currents of bottomlessly dense sound. Slightly secretive and delicately feminine, every song Cassie releases is a single intricate flower plucked from her consciousness and added to her verdurous display.

 

Q: When you initially decided to become a musician, did you know the type of music of music you wanted to create / the message you wanted to convey?

A: I was never sure which direction to turn in terms of a genre of music, but I always had a message buried beneath every piece of music I created. I listened to all genres growing up, sort of just finding every CD I could in my house and pick apart my favorite tracks. I just knew I wanted the music that I made to feel real to me forever, it’s meant to be as honest as finding an old journal and reading it again.

 

Q: Growing up, were there any artists that you were influenced by?

A: SO many. I would say my earliest influences that are still with me to this day are: Lydia, Britney Spears, Brand New and Justin Timberlake
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Q: Music is one of those career paths people specifically family/close friends are skeptical of – especially in the beginning. How did your inner circle react to the news of you becoming a musician? (Were they supportive?)

A: I think the most difficult part about watching someone pursue their dreams is being afraid for them, or worried they’ll be disappointed, and maybe that’s why it often feels like skepticism, but I think at the end of the day, when you’re really passionate about something, you know the most important person that needs to believe in you is yourself.

I can’t say people have always been supportive in my life, but I can say that their lack of support only made me learn to be there for myself. With time and patience the people who have been supporting me all along reveal themselves, and I can’t thank them enough these days.

 

 

Q: Do you remember their (family or friends) reaction the first time they heard one of your songs?

A: My parents? The first full song I ever showed them was actually my very first single “All Along”. I remember my mother was full of smiles and my father was tearing up when I finished singing it for them. It’s a very sweet memory to me.

 

 

Q: One of the first songs you released was  “Baby Girl” – What was the inspiration behind that song?

A: Baby Girl was a song I wrote dedicated to my father actually. I wrote it as a birthday gift for him. At the time my father and I weren’t very close so it was my way of reaching out and showing him how much love I had buried inside.

My first full song release however, was “All Along” in 2011, and I wrote that song about my very first serious crush on a boy at my school. I was homeschooled for a huge chunk of my childhood, so when I started public school my freshman year of highschool, it was a big change.

A boy named Carson inspired the song.

 

Q: Were you nervous about releasing something so personal for the world to hear?

A: I always am. Every song is like ripping a page out from my diary and reading it on a podium. It’s never easy but it’s worth knowing someone might listen and relate. I’ll never forget the first time I heard a piece of music and thought to myself “Wow, I’m really not alone.” It’s always worth the chance to be there for somebody.

 

Q: There are actually a lot of artists – whether mainstream or upcoming – who don’t have the courage to write (& release) something as personal as you have. With this being said, do you think who you are as a person and who you are as a musician are similar, exact, or polar opposites?

A: I would say they’re very similar if not identical. I’ve always had a difficult time putting my personality in a box and I think with time I’ve learned it’s because I wasn’t meant to. I think a huge part of being an artist is embracing everything that you are and allowing yourself to evolve and change without holding onto things out of fear. My music is an extension of myself, and with it, I invite my listeners to discover more.

 

Q: It has been some time since your official debut, do you think you have evolved as an artist?

A: Yes, haha. My ideas are always changing, and I’m excited 🙂

 

 

Q: As of 2018, you have 3 projects, 20+ songs, 200,000+ listens – did you ever see yourself attaining this amount of “success”?

A: As flattered as I am by the phrasing of this question, I suppose everyone’s definition of “success” is different. I’ve always had extremely high expectations of myself and that’s led me to be an introverted kind of person, so I attribute feelings of success and joy more so with performing for people, and being able to interact with them as much as I can. I like being there for them in person, singing live makes me the happiest.

Of course plays and streams are wonderful and I’m extremely thankful for the people listening from miles away, but what really touches me is when I get to interact more closely with a fan, and I’m able to talk with them about their experiences and how they relate to my music. A part of me will be waiting and longing for the day I get to sing for everyone live. I think I’ll feel successful when I’ve made the world a happier place.

 

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Q: In January, you released your latest project, S.O.S – was the process in creating it similar to the ones released previously?

A: “S.O.S.” (Spoonful of Sugar) was honestly a whole different monster. I wrote the songs over a 5 month time period, while going through some really tough moments. Bringing my fears to life in order to face them directly was one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done. I wrote every song differently and they bloomed at different times, but ultimately putting it together was such an incredible process.

 

 

Q: Do you have a favorite song off the project? (If so, which song and why)

A: My favorite song off of the EP would have to be “Weigh”.

It was actually the first song I wrote for “S.O.S.” and it took me the longest to finalize and finish. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve produced as well as lyrically written because I feel like I really let go when writing it. I wasn’t overthinking the words or trying to overindulge in my emotions. Sometimes when I’m listening to music on shuffle and it comes on, I forget I’m the person singing it haha.

 

 

Q:  The video for your lead single “Remember You” has already garnered over 20,000 plays on YouTube – can you explain what the song is about for those who have not heard it yet?

A: “Remember You” is a song about nostalgia and how certain memories can almost take you back to a feeling so vividly, you’re almost there again. I like to leave room for the imagination to wander with my choice of lyrics, but I will say that this song was inspired by the idea that waiting for true love is an everlasting concept, and that people won’t ever stop doing it, nor will I.

 

 

Q: Since the project’s release you have become one of the Artists to Watch in 2018 for sources like Rbeatz and Fashionably Early (no pressure) – what are some of your plans for this year?

A: Hehe, well I have some new visuals coming soon and plans for live performances! Aside from that, I have a few secrets up my sleeve that I can’t share right this moment, but I promise they will surely be a wild surprise 🙂

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: I can’t thank you enough for being with me and for listening. There are so many moments throughout my day where I daydream about singing for each and every one of you, to you, for you. Your encouragement and kindness lifts me up when I feel like sinking. Your presence means more to me than you could possibly imagine and I promise one day I’ll find ways to show you how much your light has guided me.
Your presence inspires me every day.
TYSM for being here,
I love you,

xo,
Cassie


To stay updated with Cassie, make sure to follow her on: Instagram, Twitter

To watch her video for “Remember You” click here.

To listen to her latest project S.O.S click here.

Meet Alternative R&B Artist: Abi Ocia. “I think it’s important that what I do is honest.”

Meet Abi Ocia. This English vocalist made her debut in 2016 as a feature on the song Home and has been gradually building a name for herself ever since. Her music has been called a “mini-masterpiece”, “smooth” and she’s even been crowned as West London’s “new soul-filled R&B princess” by sources such as Wonderland Magazine.

I got the chance to speak with her about her musical influences, what drove her into singing, and much more.

Enjoy!


 

Q: For the readers who may not know who you are, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Of course – I’m Abi Ocia, and in case you are unsure of how to pronounce the last name it’s ‘oh-see-ah.’

 

 

Q: How did you become interested in music? When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?

A: Church was a big musical influence growing up. I was fascinated by the worship music I grew up singing, and still sing today. There is such a unique soul and atmosphere that worshiping creates, and I was drawn to explore this in my own way.  I don’t think there was a point in which I realised I wanted to do music professionally, I just followed my intrigue.

 

 

Q: When you decided to become a musician did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: 100% – I am blessed with a very supportive circle of family and close friends.

 

 

Q: Your introduction to the world was with the song “Home” which you featured on by Draper,  knowing this was the first time you would be heard by the masses were you nervous about the response?

A: I think I was more excited to finally kick start my journey into music.

 

 

Q: Since its release it has accumulated over 300,000 plays and 6,000 likes on SoundCloud alone. How does it make you feel to know that this many people enjoy your sound?

A: It’s very encouraging to know that people are engaging with the music. That is something special.

 

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Q: You followed up Home with a song of your own entitled, “Running“. What was the inspiration behind that song?

A: ‘Running’ explores an inner dialogue. It asks the question ‘what are you afraid of?’ and how far are you willing to go to rid yourself of those fears. Exploring these themes certainly helped to inspire the song through to its final form, sonically and visually.

 

 

Q: Do you write all of you music yourself? Would you ever collaborate with someone when it comes to writing?

A: Yes, I write all my own content. It really helps that I get to work with incredible producers, such as Draper and Mkulu, who really pull out the best in me. I have worked with other writers previously – creative collaboration is part of the beauty of making music.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: A very tough question indeed – I appreciate such a wide range of music that it is hard to pin down particular influences. Again, the worship music I grew up listening to and playing at Church is certainly an influence that stands out to me the most.

 

 

Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? (they do not have to be famous)
A: Phil Collins – he is a genius.

 

 

Q: Since the release of Running you have released songs “Konfyt and “Expo. Do you think consistency is a trait every artists needs in order to succeed?

A: Consistency and authentic content!

 

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Q: In an interview with Clash Magazine you mention that Konfyt symbolized “have hiding places that are ‘unfamiliar’ to those around us, where the ‘darkness’ and ‘light’ of our own selves tirelessly battle” . . . Is it important to you that your songs have meaning rather than just sounding nice to get views?

A: I think it’s important that what I do is honest. It is a waste of time trying to force content that only serves to please online algorithms and views.

 

 

Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?

A: Care less and create.

 

 

Q: Since you have released three songs within the year, should we be prepared for a project in 2018?

A: There will certainly be a lot more content coming this year…

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: You make this journey much more real, and I am so thankful!


To stay updated with Abi: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud

 

Meet Alternative Pop Artist: Astrum. “Just create art that you are passionate about and put aside everything else.”

As one of my favorite vocalists to debut in 2017, I am especially happy to share this interview with you. If you listen to artists like Billie Eilish – then you need to add Astrum to your playlists. She’s been releasing music sporadically since 2015 but finally decided to release her debut project Perception in 2017.

In this interview, I got the chance to talk to her about the backstory of Perception, what drove her into being an artist, and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: Before I start the interview would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Sure! I’m Astrum, I’m nineteen years old and I am a singer/songwriter and producer. I like to think I make dark alternative-pop music.

 

Q: How long have you been interested in music? Was there a specific moment when you realized you wanted to do this professionally?

A: I’ve always been interested in music. Music has been with me my entire life. I remember being young and singing my heart out in the car. It’s always been my passion, my shelter, my way to express myself.

I started writing when I was eight years old and producing at fourteen. Honestly I don’t think there was a moment when I knew it’s what I wanted to do, I think I’ve always known.

 

Q: When you decided to become a musician, did you initially have the support of your family/peers?

A: My family is supportive of me now, for sure! I mean they have always been supportive, but I don’t think they understood how much music actually meant to me growing up. I was always afraid of how they would interpret my music. I think once they saw me perform live, they were more understanding and supportive of my career choice.

 

Q: Your music (as a whole) is relatively alternative. Who are some artists that you looked up to growing up and influence your music now?

A: The Beatles for sure! I don’t know if I would say they’ve inspired any of my music but they definitely inspire me as an artist and in general.

I love Fleetwood Mac and I think Lindsey Buckingham inspires me as a lyricist. Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds are my OG’s, I love those ladies.

 

Q: Are there any artists that are out now that you’d want to collaborate with?

A: There are so many artists I would love to collaborate with. I love Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SOHN, Vince Staples. I think it would be cool to work with Lorde, as well!

 

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Q: You released your debut song “Promises” in January. Can you briefly explain your thought process while creating this song?

A: Promises’ was originally created as a writing assignment for one of my classes. We had to link up with another writer in the class and do a co-write. I had never written a song with anyone before so it was a new experience for me.

I wrote the song with my friend Lilianna and in the end we liked it so much we were like “we should release this”. We wanted to switch the narrative with this song.

Usually in “one night stand” situations, people associate women to always wanting something more for some reason. I wanted to be the one in control of the situation. I wanted to feel empowered.

 

Q: Were you nervous about how it would be received? What advice would you give someone who wants to be an artist but is afraid of how they’ll be perceived?

A: I was SO NERVOUS! I had never released a song before on larger platforms before. I was a Soundcloud artist, the majority of what I was releasing was covers, so I didn’t know if people would like my original music and sound.

I’m a very anxious person so I was worried that it wasn’t good enough, that everything had to be perfect. I think every artist has these fears, because you’re putting out a part of yourself and giving it to the world to analyze.

My advice would just be to make sure you are putting out something you are proud of, and the rest shouldn’t matter. If it doesn’t mean something to you, it’s not worth it.

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Q: Later in the year you released your debut ep Perception. To me, it feels like creating this project was somewhat therapeutic for you, am I right? How did you decide what you wanted to talk about?

A: My EP Perception means so much to me, and I feel like that is maybe weird to admit, but I really needed it, and I hope that others can relate to it.

I had been writing songs that fit a concept that didn’t feel right at the time. I was in a rush to get something out immediately after ‘Promises’, and it took me some time to realize that I couldn’t rush myself.

I wanted to tell a story that felt real. I’ve always had a toxic relationship with myself and I had to admit that and pour out my feelings, because I felt like that was the only way I was ever going to accept myself and grow. I had already written ‘I’m Still Standing’ and I knew I wanted to end on a note of strength and self acceptance, and once I wrote ‘Perception’ it all came together.

 

Q: This may be a hard question, but from the project, which is your favorite song and why?

A: Perception’ is definitely my personal favorite song. Don’t get me wrong I love them all, but the day I wrote the lyrics to ‘Perception’, I knew it was my favorite.

I didn’t really have to think with this song, the melody and the lyrics just came naturally. I think it’s my favorite because it’s my truth. It’s me being honest with myself, and I hope people listen to the words and know that they aren’t alone in what they are feeling, because I know I always felt like I was.

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Q: Do you think who you are as a person and who you are as an artist are similar/polar opposites?

A: Astrum is a persona. I don’t consider us polar opposites, but there are definitely aspects of me as an artist, that differ from me as a person. As an artist, I am a more dramatized version of myself.

Everything I write is personal and has truth to it. The emotion is real, but the experience doesn’t always have to be, which is something that will make more sense with future releases.

 

Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists who want to put their content out into the world but are afraid of how they’ll be received — did you have the same fears? If so, how did you surpass them. Also, what advice could you give those people?

A: It’s scary putting yourself out there and not knowing how you’re going to be received, but I’ve been making music for so long that the fear of not doing what I loved overruled the fear of what others were going to think of me. Just create art that you are passionate about and put aside everything else.

 

Q: Was there ever a time you thought (or felt like) this career path may not work out? What made you decide to take the risk of being an entertainer?

A: It’s something I questioned a lot, and on bad days I have doubts, but I think it’s normal to doubt yourself sometimes. It’s a hard industry to break into when you are an independent artist, but it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do so in the end it’s worth every doubt, struggle, and risk.

 

Q: Is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and listened, streamed, or bought any of my music. I hope you know that you are loved and you are not alone. Your support means so much to me and I truly thank you for believing in me and following me on this journey!

 

Q: Last but not least, should we be prepared for something in 2018?

A: Definitely! I can’t wait to share what’s next.


 

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