Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
It’s not a conscious choice to make it different, you hope that it happens, but it’s more about creating a story for me and having that be the center focus. I almost always have the lyrics first, and then I take it to the piano and go from there.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up, and the frequent release of songs.
Because it’s so much easier to release songs on your own, it opens a world of opportunity that wouldn’t necessarily be there for unsigned artists. But it also has the effect of inundating us with so much content that we tend to not pay as much attention, and skip songs more frequently. Personally, when an artist that I love comes out with a new album, I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to the whole thing from start to finish whether I like all the songs or not. It helps you appreciate their perspective for the direction of the work as a whole, and if nothing else, it informs you on what you do and don’t like when you’re working on your own projects.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
All I know is that it’s all I want to do with my life; create music and perform it. It’s my identity.
Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.
I have a love/hate relationship with it. In regards to streaming, I love that I can have access to anything so easily. The platforms expose me to new artists that I wouldn’t necessarily know how to find otherwise. But I do miss the days of going into a store as a little kid and looking at all the CD covers and deciding who I wanted to listen to for the next two weeks on repeat until I had more allowance money to buy another. You cherished that CD, listened over and over again till it scratched. It made music feel more valuable in a sense. It’s why I’m hoping vinyl continues its promising comeback. Music just sounds better that way.
Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician.
Always evolving. I haven’t even released my whole album and I’m already excited to work on all the new songs I’ve written in the interim.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.
Alt-J, Rapsody, Sylvan Lacue, St. Vincent, and Bishop Briggs.
Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.
It’s this one! When I release my new album that will change though. 🙂
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
Isn’t it every musician’s dream to go multi-platinum? That’s where my heads at now.
Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.
The availability of so many different styles of music at your fingertips. Having just one genre is not as relevant, and it’s expanding what one thinks of as “popular”.
Tell us your opinion on TV and radio stations playing the same songs from established artists mostly and giving little chances to independent artists.
I mean, they’re making money from major labels to do just that. They are required to play a particular song however many times a day it’s agreed upon for that buyout. It’s not a choice, it’s financial backing. You’d only hear someone on the radio like Chance the Rapper before he became big because the public loves him so much it forced radio and TV to look in his direction. That’s why it’s so fun to watch these amazing artists rise all on their own. Then radio and TV can’t deny them because it’s the public’s desire.
Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how they can be tackled.
Everyone wants something “fresh”. You see it on all these sites, “submit something new and fresh”. But too often the people who are asking for these new sounds still stick to what is safe and barely reach outside of what they’ve already liked or written about. It’s believing in yourself and believing in the content that you’re pushing. It gets discouraging, and you just have to look past it.
Tell us your opinion on how corruption is affecting society and how it can be eradicated.
It inhibits growth. And when you inhibit growth, things become mangled and deformed. The grassroots movements, and people waking up like they are now and participating in their government, this is how it’s going to be “eradicated” so to speak. I’ve never been more political than I am at this moment, and it’s exciting.
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Tell us what you think about using social media to promote music online.
I love it! I don’t love posting pictures of myself every day, but I do love talking to people and interacting with fans from around the globe. It’s fun hearing their feedback on the new stuff and getting their reactions.
Tell us how you started as a musician.
I’ve always been a singer and a poet. I didn’t bring those two things together until I sustained a back injury that prevented me from being in theatre shows and dancing, as that was my focus at the time. I was going stir crazy, and I lived with my parents and there was a piano in the living room, so I just started to play it as an outlet. Then I started putting music to a few poems, and it just clicked that it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing all along.
Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
It’s incredibly rewarding. Both terrifying and rewarding. A constant rush of adrenaline as you give something you wrote to the public to love and/or hate. That never gets old.
Tell us about you as a person.
Well, I have a big fluffy dog named Lucy that I call my fuzzy child, and I like to bake and host parties for my friends and family. Everything else is in the music.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
It’s about leaving someone before you’re ready to as you know they are no longer investing in the relationship. Making the hard decision because they are too scared to do it.
Tell us the process involved in making this song.
My producer, Doug Makuta, and I decided that we needed another song on the album we were just about finished with, and I told him that I never liked my original production of “Gotta Run” that I wrote, and that always wanted to redo it. So we took it to the studio and 6 hours later came out with this. All the piano I played live on a beautiful Yamaha, and I have a crazy finger snap, so that’s live too. Doug played the bass and everything else we created from his own personal collection of samples. He’s unbelievable, and we work seamlessly together. I’m so lucky to have him.
List the people that deserved to be given credits for the making of the song.
Doug Makuta, my phenomenal producer, Irko who did the mix, Chris Crerar who mastered it, and my big sis Ashley Black for fronting the cash to make everything possible.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre.
I call it Cinematic Pop. All my music has a tendency to cross genres and I think the best way to describe it is just that: Cinematic.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I like writing everything at least lyrically. I’ve not had the opportunity to write with professional songwriters, so I can’t comment on that, but I can say working and writing with Doug was one of the best experiences I’ve had.