How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually think of a melody first and write lyrics to it after. When I’m finding the melody, I free style what I am singing; sometimes full lines make the cut, sometimes it’s just a phrase that turns the track into a completely different song.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think the most important thing in songwriting is melody. The melody really makes the song.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I am not afraid to reveal my personal experiences to others through music. The whole reason I started writing was because of music saving my life. I went through a lot growing up, and didn’t really know how to control how I felt. I was sad a lot. Lost. I discovered a band called, KoRn – and their lyrics just connected with me. It felt good to know that someone else had similar issues and I could relate to them. I want to be that person for other people. I want my listeners to know that someone else feels the same way they do.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
The most meaningful lyric (to me) that I’ve written is from my song, “Key to the Lock”. “My mind is racing. Feels like I’m dead. We’re body to body, I didn’t want anybody else. I’ve been misled.”
What inspired “ThisDarkPlace,” part of your latest album/EP “TBD”?
First came the music, which evolved a lot. The first rendition of the track is completely different than the final. It’s very cool to watch a song grow up. Lyrically, the song is about me vs myself. I have two sides of me; one that is this depressed,paranoid, anxious, self loathing person, and one that keeps her cool, is happy, and knows everything is going to be fine! Sometimes one takes control over the other, and I express the roller coaster of it all in this song.
The entire album is very – in your face – lyrically. I have a lot of pent up aggression from life experiences and get to let it all out through music.
Do you remember the day you wrote “ThisDarkPlace”?
Yes! In the studio – it was a quick track towards the end of a session. The song evolved A LOT though over the span of a month or so.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
Yes! All of the songs have an electronic synthy vibe, but are also pretty dark.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
To try different vocalistic styles on this new track. I am so very happy we did it! Thanks, Jim!
What are your plans for 2019?
I am about to head to Houston, TX to shoot the music video for ThisDarkPlace. I am so very excited and can’t wait. The new album will be released towards this Fall, with a US tour planned for October.
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 “TBD”: Hypnotic.
- The best show you ever played: Warped Tour in Anchorage, AK. Amazing crowd, and a 2 hour long merch line. 🖤
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Sparkling Water! (Preferably Arrowhead) 😉
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Classic Rock, Britney Spears, A-Teens.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: “Kill the Rock” by Mindless Self Indulgence.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Communication, honesty, loyalty, and trust go a long way. Have those four and you’re set.