1) Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
From everyday life, my relationships, what’s going on in the world, what’s going on in my mind, I never know when inspiration strikes – sometimes a song will just flow out of me. Sometimes I’ll go on a walk or listen to music and be immediately inspired other days I just wait till it comes.
2) What techniques do you use, both in and out of your music, to relate to your audience?
I like communicating to the people that listen to my music, I have found a place online through platforms such as instagram and soundcloud that allow me to connect with people who enjoy my music, I really love DM’ing the people that listen and sustain a conversation. I love hearing about others lives and perspectives and music has given me the availability to interact with a lot of great people. I also try and write from an honest place, I think we are all human beings and thus encounter similar experiences and feelings, we can empathize with one another. I think that if I maintain being genuine with my lyrics my listeners will be able to relate just out of pure human nature.
3) What musician or producer have you been most excited to collaborate with?
As I was saying I have found a really amazing community online, known as vaporwave or future funk, its been really awesome cause I’m finding other artists that enjoy the music I make and make similar tunes themselves. They are all super open to collaboration so I’m just really excited overall, to work with them and just meet more people I relate to. I just finished writing to a track by Binary Stars called “Fire” so I’m excited to record that and release really soon!
4) What’s your most memorable moment as an artist so far – either a performance, interview, or recording session – and why?
I think my most memorable experience would be the day I played the Troubadour, it was my Dad’s 50th birthday and my debut show that I ended up selling out. It was incredibly exciting for me just because it was the start of me really taking initiative with my career and getting my message out there, since I booked and promoted the whole thing myself.
5) Can you tell us a little bit about your history (and exciting future projects!) with RADD?
I’ve been writing poems and singing my whole life, I started songwriting in college and working with some really amazing producers and songwriters like Eric Jackson, Storm Daniels, David Frank and Greg Penny. I spent a lot of time discovering my voice and learning what I wanted to make and say. In the past year I took the leap to producing myself and its been incredible! I really want my music to come from a unique and honest place, I’ve always messed around on Logic but never thought one day I could actually make a song for myself. I started producing “Why Don’t We Dance More?” and everything just clicked for me. It all feels right. I’m still learning and growing as a producer but I want to grow with my audience so I am currently releasing a song a month for the next year and making lots and lots of visual content. It’s cool cause I started making these visuals and disco songs on my own and in the past month I’ve discovered a whole online community that is surrounded on similar funky songs and cool graphics. I truly believe when you listen to yourself, the world forms around you. In this case it proved to be true, I’m just excited to share everything I’ve been working on.
RADD is awesome!! They hosted a concert at the Hi Hat with Uber in the beginning of the year that I M.C.’d it was a beautiful event
6) You’re a USC grad, and USC is one of our RADD partner schools. Can you tell us why you decided to support RADD?
I remember we had every 15 minutes come to our High School and it scarred me for life, and then a friend I went to college with got hit by a drunk driver and was on the verge of death so immediately upon hearing of them I wanted to support. It’s so easy now to get an Uber or a Lyft, there are no excuses to drunk drive. It blows my mind that someone would get behind a car drunk and put others at risk.
7) Being the person that has to step up and say “hey, maybe you’re too drunk and shouldn’t drive home tonight” is always hard. How do you deal with that, or how do you approach those situations?
Honestly, I’m not a big drinker – in fact usually I’m not drinking. I do like taking lyft/uber when I go out though just in case I do drink or because I personally think that driving tired is dangerous too. So I am always there to offer a ride to anyone who needs one. Also its better to suffer a difficult circumstance than have something bad happen and know you could have stopped it.
8) What can attendees and RADD music fans expect from your June 2nd performance on the RADD Stage at the LA Winefest?
I’ll be doing a more ambient, laid back acoustic set that I am really looking forward to. A lot of my online music is uptempo, but I’m a soul singer at heart so I’m excited to be bringing some of that to my live show 🙂