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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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.


If you enjoyed this interview, be sure to check Thuy out on Instagram & Twitter!

Make sure to stay updated with new music (via Soundcloud)
If you want to listen to any songs featured in the interview, check below:
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Meet Upcoming Singer/Songwriter: Hadar Adora. “If anyone ever wants to really know what’s going on, just listen to my words.”

In today’s interview I got the chance to speak with upcoming pop artist Hadar Adora. If you are a longtime reader of Arcane, than this name may sound familiar and that’s because I’ve mentioned her before. When the site debuted, Hadar was one of the many upcoming artists I recommended all music lovers should be on the lookout for throughout this year. It seems my excitement for her career was was not in vain because not only has she released more music, but she plans to release her project very soon.

Hadar is far from a normal pop artist, dabbling in genres such as reggae, acoustic, and r&b, every genre sounding perfect for her. I had the pleasure of speaking to her about her musical background, her latest single “Incommunicado” and much more!

Enjoy …


Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Yes of course, my name is Hadar Adora and I am 22 years old. I grew up in New York and moved to Florida around 2014. I have been writing and singing my whole life, as both of my parents are musicians.  

 

Q: Now, I’ve mentioned you on the site before but I was not sure what kind of artist to call you because you are still new – So, how would you describe your sound?

A: First, thank you for the support. It’s difficulty to place myself in a genre because I consider myself very versatile. If I had to, I would classify myself as a blend of pop, & r&b, but it depends on my moods and what’s influencing me at the moment.

 

Q: Since you are a new artist, I must ask – did you have any fears/concerns about putting yourself out there?

A: Absolutely not. This is what I want to do. Be there with you and make sure you know I FEEL you. I don’t really talk about my feelings or what I went through or am going through. I put it all in my music. If anyone ever wants to really know what’s going on, just listen to my words. I just want people to feel like they are not alone through any and everything.

Q: Is music a career you always saw yourself pursuing?

A: It’s never even been a question. This was always the plan and everyone around me was always aware of it as well. This is what I was put here for.

 

Q: Were there any artists growing up that influenced the type of music you would eventually create?

A: Yes I love Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and The Temptations and many more. The rawness in their voices and their words were always ones I went back to..and they’ve guided my style.
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Q: Now, you debuted in October with the song “I Can Do Anything”. What were some of the emotions you experienced leading up to your debut?

A: I knew the potential of the record and I was confident in it. I was excited but anxious. Excited because I’ve been waiting and wanting to share my music with the world, but then anxious because as my debut song, I didn’t know what to really expect.

 

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the song?

A: I was collaborating with some producers and when that beat was being made, I freestyled the melody and everyone was moving to it. It was such an engaging melody that no one could ignore. Made me feel good inside. The lyrics just flowed and it came together. I Can Do Anything was made from love to empower all of us.

 

Q: You followed this song up with “Flowers” and “Let Me Know” – all three songs sounding drastically different from each other. Which song do you feel best fits who you are as an artist?

A: There isn’t any one song that I can choose..all my songs vary from one another. They aren’t about the same thing, so the passion is the same, but the message is not. Flowers is about the pressures we face to be and look a certain way by society, feeling alone in my existence. Let Me Know is about the present and the past, how you got here and the fact that you did..wherever that may be.

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Q: You’re latest song “Incommunicado” was released in late March. Can you explain what the song is about for those who have yet to hear it?

A: Incommunicado is a conversation everyone has had in their life or will have. It’s a: damn, should I or shouldn’t I answer? Should I see them, should I go even though I know the outcome will remain the same? I was dealing with an extremely unclear situation, no proper communication and guessing and assuming everything for a year of my life. This song isn’t meant to help you figure that situation out or provide a happy ending. I’m just telling you, whoever’s ear I’m in, that I am dealing with that too. It’s so confusing and I’d rather you weren’t confused alone.

 

Q: You also released a video for the song, your first, if I’m not mistaken – how was that experience?

A: I’ve done a few music videos but this is really the first that has to do with my upcoming project. It was a good experience and for sure a  learning one. I realized how much detail goes into creating even a simplistic video. Each thing I create will teach me and make me better for the next thing I work on.

Q: Do you still have plans to release the ep sometime this month? What should we expect on this project?

A: We’re actually going to release it in June now. You should expect versatility and emotion. I like to speak through my music. I enjoy pouring out all of me into melodies and words. I talk about emotional distress, confusion, conversations with myself about matters of the heart and mind. I bring you up and down. I think the best music and projects always tug at your heartstrings and make you go on a ride of up and downs.

 

Q: Are there any features/collaborations or is it all you?

A: All me for the most part..I have some background vocals on a few tracks.

 

Q: Did you write all the content on this project / did you collaborate with other writers?

A: I think every great song has the help of a few minds. I collaborated with a few writers, as well as my team always give me constructive criticism and of course help. I always need someone to say, “hey, maybe this should be that,” or “what if you said something more like this,” or a plain and simple, “that’s trash” which always motivates me! I believe all of the greatest artists are great because of the help and ideas and influence of those they surround themselves with.

 

Q: Are there any artists you listened to for inspiration while creating this project?

A: Yes and no. I had just discovered and was listening to a lot of A.chal but mostly I was really concentrated on creating a sound for myself that I was happy with. I wanted to be as original as possible. The next project though I will definitely listen to more music throughout my process.

 

Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? Dream collaboration?

A: Dream collab is with Kendrick or Kanye. It will happen. Definitely have always wanted to work with Timbaland, Dre and The Dream produce wise.

Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists in the world and a lot of them may feel that they will never get recognized or their work will never be appreciated; what advice would you give those people?

A: I always say this; the only people who never made it, are the ones who gave up because it was too hard or lost their passion for it.

 

Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: My hope for the rest of 2018 is to find more inspiration. I want to write about different types of love and issues people are scared to talk about or feel uncomfortable discussing. My hope is to become a better artist. But that’s also my goal for my whole life. Also, to perform live, consistently.

 

Q: Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?
A: I love you. You’re my world. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t care to do this. I would make music for myself only. But the fact that I affect people just makes me feel whole. The world can be so ugly and makes me want to run and hide, but knowing I make people less scared and see less of that ugly side of life or at least make them feel brave enough to face it..that’s my purpose. And that’s why I’m on this path. So thank you.


To stay updated with Hadar, make sure to follow her on: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to check out her latest single “Incommunicado

If you’re interested in hearing more music by her be sure to follow her on Soundcloud.

Meet Upcoming Pop Trio: Lalibelle. “Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand …”

In this interview we get a glimpse of Sweden’s newest talent – pop trio Lalibelle. Since their debut in February the group (composed of Bogale, Landén and Collin) has been working restlessly to spread their name throughout their hometown of Skövde (city in Sweden). In this interview I got the chance to speak with them about their beginnings, how they met what led to Lalibelle. Their first song, “Balance” has already accumulated over 5,000 plays alone and been shared by YouTube music channels such as Chill Therapy, solidifying their place in music. If you are a fan of genres like electronic, indie pop – make sure to listen to Balance after reading the interview!

Enjoy 🙂


 

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

A: We are three friends and Lalibelle is what we call this project. Our names are Bogale, Collin & Landén and we have very different musical backgrounds. Through lots of experimenting and songwriting we landed in something that can be described as meditative breezy pop combined with personal lyrics.



Q: I know that you guys are friends, how did you all meet? (Did it start as a music relationship or were you all friends before starting this venture?)

A: Me (Bogale) & Collin met at the age of 16, we both had a passion for music and during high school we used to perform at a local bar to earn some extra money. After some time we got tired of always playing covers and instead we started improvising and realized that we could come up with great ideas together.

Later, Collin started musical projects together with Mikael Landén and since we’re all from the same small town in Sweden and often met at Colin’s place, it was obvious we had to try to make music together.


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Q: Your first single “Balance” was released in February. How was the process of creating the song?

A: During the spring of 2017 we locked ourselves in at Collin’s apartment to write music. We planned to stay for 3 days but ended up spending 10 days together. It was like therapy for all of us and Balance was the last track we made before getting out of the apartment. We were all drained and had a sentimental mood so Balance came naturally. It took us about 15 minutes to write it, but we spent a lot of time to experiment with the production afterwards.



Q: For those who have yet to hear it, can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: “Balance” is like a quiet conversation with mental illness that slowly takes the good things away.It’s about the ups and downs in life and a reminder of that nothing is in vain since every experience strengthens us.

 


Q: Do you remember your family / friend’s reactions the first time they heard the song?

A: They were touched by Balance and afterwards they were all singing along: Help, guidance, need balance…

 



Q: Have they (family / friends) been supportive of your careers thus far?

A: Both yes and no.

 

 

Q: Although you guys are relatively new to the industry, do you know what direction you want to go in with your music? (The message you want to convey, the audience you want to reach)

A: Our vision for Lalibelle is to break patterns and take a stand in themes such as mental illness among other often overlooked societal issues. We’re also hope to bring something new to the table in today’s pop music sound.

 



Q: Who are some of the artists you tend to gravitate to, at least when it comes to finding inspiration / ideas?

A: We’re all very open minded when it comes to sources of inspiration and try not to limit ourselves in any way. We’re also coming from very different musical background so our common playlists could probably be a bit confusing. Before a writing session it’s likely that we listen to anything from Bon Iver, SZA, Erykah Badu, Bob Marley to Paul Simon and lots of west African music. What we have in common is gravitation towards music with some soul in it.



Q: Are there any musicians you want to collaborate with in the future?

A: Careful what you wish for, but we wouldn’t think twice about having a session with Little Dragon, Jorja Smith and Chronixx.



Q: Imagine you had the chance to open up for one current artist right now, who do you think your sound would mesh with (as of right now)?

A: We would love to surprise the fans of AC/DC and get them grooving with us – what an experience that would be!

 


Q: Speaking of shows, y’all are performing at Öland Roots 2018 this summer. What are your expectations? Are you nervous?

A: We are so excited about playing at Öland Roots. Not nervous now but it’s definitely a milestone for us all so will need some stress-coping mechanisms before going up on the stage.

 



Q: Are there any places y’all would like to travel in order to promote your music?

A: Addis Abeba and New York 🙂 Balance seems to stream a lot in the Philippines so maybe we should reach out to the fans there first.



Q: Where do you think you would be the most shocked to find out there’s people listening to your song(s)?

A: Hmm. The international space station maybe. If anyone there is listening, let us know!



Q: Because Lalibelle is a trio, it’s only expected that sometimes there may be creative differences / personality clashes, at times. What are some qualities you admire about each other? Why do you think Lalibelle has worked so far?

A: We’re all very musically open-minded and believe that all ideas are great ideas when creating. At later stages of the process we often try to get feedback from people around us  and sometimes that helps us make some of the final decisions. Don’t think we ever got into any big fights and the secret to that is to have very clear roles and great trust in each other.



Q: What should we expect from Lalibelle in 2018?

A: Our plan is to release 4 more tracks this year so there’s some exciting things ahead.



Q: Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: We’re so thankful! It was a scary thing to release such a naked song and to see that it’s so well received means the world to us.


Be sure to listen to their debut single “Balance” by clicking here.

If you want to stay updated about future music releases or upcoming performances make sure to follow them on: SoundCloud and Facebook

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.

 

 

This is Revival

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.

 

Malevolent

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.


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