What made you go in to music?
I would always be so overcome by emotion while performing. I always kept journals and wrote stories. I am primarily a writer, but music has some sort of power to make every single blood cell in my body absolutely curdle with joy.
Your new single ‘Superfruit’ is out , tell us more about the single. What is the meaning behind the single.
I’m so excited to release this song, it’s something I am so absolutely proud of and I literally am itching to put it out in the world. Of course everyone can take their own meaning from it, but for me the song is about exactly how it feels to listen to it. Summertime and being in love, pop rocks and your hair blowing in the wind, but also about feeling terribly lonely and being completely sick of having small talk, which is something I’ve struggled with in college. When I was writing this, I felt so happy to be alone and free. I was on winter break from college and I was in my flow of my “gap year” self again, where I learned the art of having free time, and I knew all the things that made me happy: “if you’re alone it doesn’t mean you’re lonely”. I can conjure up this feeling of summer freedom so quickly in my head, it is one of my favorite feelings. I can’t wait for more people to be able to feel it.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
I wrote this song in under an hour. I knew the color of the song and the title before I wrote the whole thing out, I was just waiting for the catalyst to set it off. It completely poured out of me. It honestly started from the title, but I knew that I had a song coming about being sick of small talk somewhere in the ether. The song was born out of a moment of true fiery freedom.
What was the recording process like? Who did you work with on the single.
The recording process was wonderful. Melvv and I put together the song in just a day. He started adding these bright piano sounds that we both love, and the vision was completely executed in the colour scheme I knew it was supposed to be. Melvv and I were jumping up and down at this song, we were so excited. Before we went in for another day to work on the song again, we had separately each had the experience of wanting to play it over and over on our headphones. Lots of love for this track.
Tell us about the making of the music video?
My friend Fergus and I made this video in an afternoon on a gorgeous day at school. I was so happy with the result. It felt so unnatural to create a music video that was posed and orchestrated. Although that eventually might be able to be an art form true to me, right now, that is not my life. My life is school and my friends. It’s not glamorous or posed- at all. We just had fun making the video, and honestly to me it’s satire of how I was told I’m supposed to be as a female pop-ish artist.
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning? If so where will you be heading?
I am performing in the laundry room of my dorm later this week.
What else can we expect in 2019?
More music, finally. I’m so much more in touch with who I am artistically. I am just excited to see what adventures the future holds, knowing that I have found a way to truly be myself in my musical universe.
Who are your influences?
Ugh everyone. Vampire Weekend, Amy, SZA, Bowie, The Kooks, Lorde obviously, Phoebe Bridgers, so many of my friends. Of course T-Swizzle, KP. King Princess.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I get inspired by conversations. I always write everything down. I have notes and notes of words and phrases I find everywhere. I have concepts that are burning inside of me, and even though the songs don’t exist yet, I consider them to be already written in my head. It’s just a matter of when the lightening strikes and the song pours out. But I know it when I hear it, and then it appears. Does that make sense? No? Good.
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
World tour? Law school? Playing Coachella? Mars? Not sure.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
My homework. Scooter.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Probably “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Smart people realize that so much of what they have is just luck.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just keep writing. Literally every day every second. Get to a place that you know your methods so well that it can just pour out. Release your music, play live. Do all the things, stop waiting for permission.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Stop talking about it, do it.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The lawn in central park.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
The lawn in Central Park, then my bedroom.
2/ Who do you see first?
My best friend Morgan. Except she’d be on tour with me hopefully. And my sister, Merel, of course. That’s a given though.
3/What do you eat first?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
There’s this Korean honey lemon syrup that literally heals your throat. Walnuts. My rainbow socks. The words.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?