How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I like to hear a skeletal instrumental before I write anything down. It helps me feel. I find the lyrics just pour out of me that way; it allows me to write whatever I feel in that moment, and then I can slowly tweak and revise it. Or, I’ll start with a song title. And that helps build a story. But nothing is solidified until I can feel the beat. That’s so important for me.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Writing what you feel comfortable sharing and what feels good for you to share with the world. And not worrying so much about being “trendy”… if you write what you feel, that honesty will shine through, and that’s what people will notice.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Always. The music I write and what I sing comes from a deep place within… and it’s scary to let everyone hear your thoughts and feel your thoughts when performing the song live. But there’s solace in knowing that other people are feeling what you’re feeling, and other people are going through what you’re going through. And that’s what makes music special, and why I like to make music – to connect with others.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
Back in 2014 I wrote a song called “Six Feet Under” and it opens with the line “When I look in the mirror what do I see? A broken soul and a girl that I wish that I couldn’t be.” I remember exactly where I was when I wrote that.. and right after I wrote that line I remember immediately thinking, “Shit… do I actually feel like that? Yeah. I do.” And that’s when I realised that music can allow me to be honest with myself and allow me to acknowledge the personal issues that I’ve been trying to push away for so long.
What inspired, “Playing With Fire”, your latest single?
I was in a very new relationship at the time. And I was channeling the risks of what could go wrong if I continued to see him.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Playing With Fire”?
I sure do! It was my second day in Nashville. For one, it was a very hot and humid day and I was so happy to be in an air conditioned studio! LOL. But it was also my second day working with my producer and co-writer, so I felt more at ease to write something a little more honest and darker than “Tastes Like Sugar.”
Are you planning to release a new album soon?
Yes! I’m planning on releasing an EP that will include my first two singles “Tastes Like Sugar” and “Playing With Fire”.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
I get shy in the studio! And in the vocal booth. My producer told me to just relax and let it go… and as cheesy as it sounds (and definitely easier said than done) it’s 1000% true.
What are your plans for 2019?
To perform as many live shows as I can. And to write more killer songs!
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 “Playing With Fire”: Sexy.
- The best show you ever played: It was Christmas time in downtown Toronto overlooking the waterfront in an all-glass venue. From where I was singing, I could see the docked boats with all their twinkly lights and the snow falling ever so softly. It was magical.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: My mom.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: “Britney” by Britney Spears.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Walk Away” by Christina Aguilera.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: To not take relationship advice! Haha.