How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I like to go slow and carefully when writing. Sometimes I write before I find the chords and sometimes the chords/melody come first. I like to make sure every single word is chosen for a reason and that there are no “filler” lyrics. Every lyric matters and is there to tell my truth. I also typically write in some sort of poetic cadence.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
The most important thing in songwriting is writing about real things. I base all my writing on actual things, never just to appeal to mass audiences and be relatable.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Never. The piano is the one place I can never tell a lie. My music is my truth and I’m proud to share that with the world.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I can’t pick between these:
“We used to wake and watch the sunrise, paint the world in colors while you held me close. Still I wake and watch the sunrise, but now I paint the world in colors of my own” – Oil and Water
“And I know, I can hear it in his breathing, he still gets butterflies.” – Second Nature
“Thank you for the love without the questions. Somehow through the mess you’re my Direction” – Direction
What inspired “Second Nature,” part of your latest album “Direction”?
The feeling of finally finding a love that feels like home. I feel like I’ve known this love in previous lifetimes, and that’s what “Second Nature” is about.
And “Lose My Mind”?
“Lose My Mind” was inspired by the confidence that came with sexual liberation. It’s about the confidence I felt when I remembered who I was after all the BS. It’s about feeling back and better than ever.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Oil and Water”?
Of course. I remember the exact moment. I wrote this song in 15 minutes. It was a stunning moment of clarity after all the pain and confusion. Suddenly I realized I didn’t have to keep trying to fit myself into a space I’ve outgrown. And that maybe it’s just that simple; we’ve grown apart.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
This EP is about navigating change and learning to love the uncomfortable yet rewarding process of growing. Across every song, I want listeners to understand that change and evolution is inevitable and to be embraced. And your life will flow in ways you’ve never planned on. Instead of fighting change, you have to learn to go with it, let things go, ride it, give into and surrender to the process. Eventually you’ll see why life pulls you in the directions that it does.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
He tells me to sing like I mean what I’m saying. Sometimes I overthink the way my voice sounds and am too focused on controlling my vocals, when really all I need to do is think about the words I’m saying and sing them from the heart.
What are your plans for 2020?
My plan for 2020 is to keep building up my fan base, perform live around LA, stay active on socials and start recording project number 2!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Direction”: Growth.
- The best show you ever played: My EP release party in Los Angeles.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Hot tea.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Wicked soundtrack (Defying Gravity is my SONG).
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Yellow – Coldplay.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Vulnerability is strength. Lean in and let yourself truly be seen.