In a couple of sentences, what is your story?
I was originally frontwoman of a Long Island-based hard rock band, and I decided to combine her natural rock roots and passion for pop music to create a uniquely eerie solo endeavor in 2018. After I went viral on Instagram with my stripped back 60 second cover of an Evanescence classic, I began experimenting with synth pop, alternative, and electro influences on my debut single “Please Leave A Message,” recorded and produced by Okan Kazdal (NEVRLANDS)
Which band or artist inspired you to become a singer?
I think it had less to do with bands or artists that inspired me to become a singer, but rather some adult figures in my teen years who pushed me to pursue my dream. My high school choir teacher, Margaret Murphy, always encouraged me to sing music that came from my heart, and always encouraged me to pursue a career in singing.
How has music made a difference in your life?
I think I can genuinely say that if I did not have music, I probably would either be dead or in a really bad place in my life. Music was always the one thing I had in my life that could always turn a bad day into a good one. I have met so many incredible people through music, had incredible experiences performing music, and I feel being a musician gives me a bit of character and more substance to my personality.
What can you tell me about your sound and how it was created?
I feel that my music is a sleek combination of both my original rock origins and modern dark pop. “First At The Altar” is a glistening example of what I feel I am as a solo artist; anger, yet grace, power, and a refreshing amount of rawness.
What is your songwriting process?
First, I start with messing around with some chords on the piano until I find a chord progression I really like. Then, I put a melody over that along with some lyrics, and determine from there if that will be a verse or a chorus, then I go on from there.
Can you share what the songs “First At The Altar” and “Please Leave A Message” are about?
“First At The Altar” was lyrically one of the most exciting, yet challenging songs I have ever written. Written in my perspective about the time I was cheated on in a relationship, the writing process of this song was clearly driven on the emotion surrounding this experience. As I started writing the song, my goal was for it to be a diss at the person who cheated on me. As I kept writing, I began to discover that I wasn’t writing a diss track, I was writing about the inner conflict I constantly struggle with, where I let some else’s actions take control of my life.
“Please Leave A Message” was written by me. I wrote it about a past relationship where he would ignore my text messages and phone calls every time he was out to avoid confrontation. I was so tired of hearing the voicemail message, “Please leave a message after the tone” every time he didn’t pick up, so I wanted to mock that within the song, hence the lyrics of the chorus. I wanted the first song I released to be something a lot of people can relate to. So many of my friends or just people I know have been ignored by people they care about. In today’s society, avoiding confrontation is such an easy thing to do because we have the option to leave someone on read. We place so much of our self-worth on how much others love us which shouldn’t be the case, and I wanted to write a song to let everyone who has been in this same situation know that they aren’t going through it alone.
The video for “First At The Altar” is pretty cool. Where was that filmed?
It was filmed in a park, a forest, and a graveyard. The significance of the graveyard has to do with the lyric of the song “carve my name on your grave.” The person I wrote the song about really put me in a dark place in my life, and I wanted to convey that dark and eerie energy within the music video.
What projects are you currently working on or will be working on in the future?
I am currently working on some new singles and a new EP.
What are you inspired by?
I’m usually inspired by anyone I see with goals or hardworking people.
Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
I usually get my inspiration from situations that happen in my life.
What inspires you to keep creating and playing music?
My love for music and my supporters who enjoy my music.
What are you currently listening to?
I have been listening to “Born For Blood” by Vista on repeat lately!
How have you evolved as an artist?
I feel that I have matured in my lyrics and my performance skills. For my solo endeavor, I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to do everything I was scared to do in my last projects and face my fears and do them. Hence, singing about real situations in my songs, filming in a graveyard, being myself.
Anything you would like to share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
I do plan on releasing an EP within the year. I would love to perform a lot more shows and be able to meet some of the people who support my music!