How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually collaborate on my songs – so most times it’s a matter of getting in a room with a producer or other songwriter/artist and asking what’s on everyone’s mind. It’s a great way to get comfortable with one another and riff on subject ideas. Other times, I’m overwhelmed by emotion and the words just spill out of me.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
For me it’s really all about the collaboration. I am not the type of person to just write full songs on my own. I really love working with different people and exploring all genres.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I never am when it comes to creating art. In real life however, I’m scared of revealing just how open and sensitive my heart truly is. In music or film, it’s the only place I get all of it out.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“The two of us combined, are colors that we left beyond – only a frame we froze in time. You were just a picture to burn.” – Coming across old photos of someone I had a meaningful relationship with is always so painful for me. To me, this lyric expresses that emotion of frustration and sadness when you see the happy moment that no longer exists. This song is not yet released, will be on my EP though.
What inspired “Kryptonite”, part of your upcoming EP?
The way someone can make even the strongest person weak and you can’t escape the feelings you have for them.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Protect This Love”?
Absolutely do – I was in a long distance relationship that I could sense was coming to an end but I was hopeful it was going to be strong enough to withstand the distance. I was an anxious wreck and hanging with my dear friend Adam Schlesinger. We wrote this song on the spot. It just kinda spilled out of us so quickly.
And “Push Comes To Shove”?
Yeah, this song was a collaboration with my dear friend Jon Walker and my wonderful friend and producer Clifford Goilo. We actually FaceTimed to finish up our song – I was in Amsterdam working with Clifford and we FaceTimed Jon. Was an interesting process.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
I’d say most all of the songs are about the journey I went through to heal after two very brutal relationships that broke my heart.
What is the best suggestion a producer gave you?
Hmmm. Great question. I am sure there are so many incredible suggestions, I wish I could think up something awesome to share! The first thing that comes to mind though is my friend and producer Jantine Heij who taught me how to breath while recording vocals. It was such a game changer for me and all my future sessions.
What are your plans for 2019?
More music and to really dive into my other passion which is film. I started up a record label called Muted Color a while ago and I’m working to form it into something great. Working on it now with my amazing boyfriend Trent Culkin who every day is an inspiration to me. It’s nice to be able to work with the person you love! Will be announcing more about it later.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your upcoming self titled EP: An exorcism of past pain!
- The best show you ever played: I’d say my first time in Japan. We played to a massive room at Summer Sonic and the audience was incredible. I also am just generally in love with Japan.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Snacks!
- The soundtrack of your childhood:Weezer – Pinkerton.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: COMMUNICATION! It is absolutely key to having a successful relationship. Being able to communicate what you need/feel/want without judgement. I also think spontaneity and adventure are key too but perhaps that’s just me.