How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I like to be alone, or writing with my cousin Cordell. I always feel so pressured if I’m with other people for some reason. I like to be completely comfortable. I used to steal beats from youtube and write to them, then record on my computer. I like to imagine scenarios and write from the perspective of somebody other than myself because it’s more fun that way lol. In sessions I am better with melodies but lyrics take me foreveeeeer. But comfortability is key for me!
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I feel like a lot of people focus too hard on “rules” of songwriting instead of just doing what they want and feel. Everybody has a different process, it’s okay if you take longer or have a specific way of doing things as long as you’re doing your best work and you’re proud of it. Everybody is different and there’s no “right” way.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
No, as long as I don’t get too specific lol. I am pretty open and feel like everybody can relate to each other’s experiences, so it’s better to be open and honest. You never know who could be going through the same thing and needs to hear what you have to say. At the same time, I can also be really private, so I guess it could go either way for me.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Not a specific lyric, but I wrote a song called “Next Part” and still love it now. It’s an honest song about a sort of sensitive subject, and I just connect with it so much. I also loved the time of my life when I wrote it, it brings back those memories when I listen.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
“Stop trying to sound so pretty and give more emotion to the song.” I’m still working on that, but I totally agree. Sometimes I catch myself trying to sound perfect and end up losing the emotion/feeling of the song. When I listen to other singers, the best moments are always the voice cracks/breaks with so much emotion behind them! So I would rather make somebody feel something than just sound good all the time.
What inspired “Babygirl”, your latest song?
“Babygirl” is about a time when I first moved to LA and I was just really frustrated with life and wanted to disconnect and escape from everything, which happens to me often lol. I turned off my phone, smoked, watched a movie and had some time alone which was much needed. I had a session with Livvi Franc the next day and “Babygirl” was born.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Be Mine”?
‘Be Mine‘ was written by Arin Raye and Livvi Franc and took about 3-4 sessions to complete. I cut it in pieces as it came together and after a few weeks we had the finished song.
Are you currently working on the release of a new EP/album?
Yes, I have an EP coming out soon! I’ve been working on it since the beginning of the year and am very proud of it. It’s been a journey making it, I’ve grown so much since the start, and I am so glad it’s finally coming out. I cannot wait for people to hear it.
What are your plans for the upcoming months?
I just started rehearsals for future shows, I have my EP coming out soon, I want to travel more and experience some new places, but really, we’ll just see what happens because nothing ever goes as planned lol.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your song “Babygirl”: Dreamy.
- The best show you ever played: Hasn’t happened yet.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Somebody to give me therapy when I’m nervous.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: John Mayer.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Anything Bibi Bourelly.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Stop falling so hard, so fast, for people you barely know lol. That’s for me.