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How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs? 

It’s different all the time, but mostly I write melody first and the ideas just falls into place after that.

 

In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting? 

I’m actually a huge believer that there is no right and wrong with songwriting. Depends on the style of writing and what the artist brings to the music that really captivates me. If I could say any more it would be that I always strive for everything to flow together like one perfect string of words and melody combined.

Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music? 

Yes. I try not to reveal the subject of my songs but it is hard to dance around it sometimes. Everything I write is so personal but I hope that it relates to people in some way.

 

What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)? 

Hmmm… too hard basket! That’s not a lyric, just have no idea haha. I can tell you one of them that comes to mind, It’s a song called ‘No Impersonator’ written by myself and Like Bear. It’s a song about dealing with this huge crazy music industry and being an introverted person in a world where you must pop on that extroverted cap time and time again. This sometimes makes you feel a lot like an imposter – or an impersonator!

tell me how it goes
all i want to know
so i can skip the show and head home
made it up before
said pour me one more but i’m feeling insecure and alone
now i’m beginning to notice that there’s one too many of us
What inspired “History”, your latest single?
History was supposed to be the last song I ever wrote about a situation but I’ve written like 5 more songs about the same topic, trying to unravel it a bit more and understand why I can’t let it all go. It plays around with the ideas of a guaranteed love now proven to be condition. It’s really about me coming to terms with heartbreak and hardship, letting it go and not giving a fuck what my next move will be – I’ve had enough of being treated like shit! haha I’ve never described it that way before – so to the point, sorry!
And “No Impersonator”? 
Haha, didn’t see this one coming, to continue what I’ve already said above… This industry can make you doubt yourself a million times over and it can send you in a state of panic  24/7. I’ve become really anxious over the past few years, it never goes away, you just have to learn to ignore it. No Impersonator helped me address what I needed to do to get through all the hardship and be more positive about the music I’m making because there is no one else like me.
take my hand and get me through this i’m no impersonator
but it feels so much better
how’m i ever gonna do this
i’m no impersonator
but it feels so much better
if we make believe it’s true my dear

now i’m beginning to notice that there’s one too many of us

Do you remember the day you wrote “Solid Gold”? 
Ahh, this seems like a life time ago. Solid Gold was released in 2016 with my EP New World. I do actually remember writing this and crying for a good hour as I wrote the lyrics. It’s the beginning of me realising I had no control over my own life and my upbringing had caused me to believe so many things that I always felt uneasy about – I felt like I didn’t know who I was. It’s about unconditional love and standing by my words even though I hadn’t been treated with kindness. It’s really a pre-history mess haa… With History I was able to reflect and make the choice to disconnect from the situation. With Solid Gold, I was still trying to fix everything in my own head and trying to make someone understand instead of letting them take their own journey.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one? 
I’m going to blend these two questions and share my experience recording the single, history. Writing this song was very therapeutic for me. When we went in to record the vocals I had a really amazing time working out all the parts and figuring out how I wanted it to all flow. It was an incredible feeling to finally finish the song I’ve sat on for song long and it felt like I could be at ease knowing we did the best we could. But I also had a really tough time doing the lead vocal. The song is really raw and honest and I wanted the vocal to reflect that. I didn’t want it to be a pretty vocal and everyone was telling me to forget the singer in me – which is so hard to do when your life has been about perfecting your voice and coaching other young singers! When I dug deep, and as I took a minute to reflect on my history, all the emotions flooded in and I basically cried through the last few vocal takes – I completely broke down but it allowed me to get what we were looking for!
What are your plans for the next months to come?
I’m looking for a producer, any takers? Ready to record some new stuff!
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 “History”: Acquiescent.
  • The best show you ever played: Hmmm, not sure. But my most memorable gig would be History launch recently. Had so many special guests who blew the house down and it was really amazing to share the launch with other local artists instead of it being just about me. I’ve had so many requests for us to make this a regular show, so hopefully that’s something I can put my energy into in the near future.
  • The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Hot Toddie. To calm the nerves and clear the throat!
  • The soundtrack of your childhood: Alanis Morissette – “Jagged Little Pill”.
  • Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: This changes all the time. Manhattan, Sara Bareilles always pulls at the heartstrings.
  • Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Floordrobes are not ok. I’m very messy, learn from my mistakes.