Do you associate a certain color, smell, or even taste/flavor with certain songs?
Yes! Music for me is always a multi sensory experience. When I create music I use all of my senses. A good example of this would be London and I associate it with the color blue. For me that’s the color that this song glows.
What is your favorite key/mode to write in?
Different keys have different moods and tones. So depending on what type of feeling I am going for when I write that determines the key. My first “Go to’s” can be A minor and C sharp minor.
If you could design the perfect concert line-up, what would it be? You can choose to include yourself or not.
Muse, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and me and we would all sing a song together at the end. Chris Martin from Coldplay would MC play acoustic diddlys during set changes. Amy Lee would be selling hotdogs in the stands.
What is your favorite gig you’ve played so far?
I would say my gig in El Paso at Low Brow. There was a great crowd and the set was perfect. I am huge in El Paso!
What is your songwriting style?
Songwriting is truly different every day. I think the fun of it is that the approach can always surprise you. Keeping an open mind to different ways of writing keeps your ideas expanding. Generally, my favorite way to write is a co-write with another great writer and co producer. I prefer to build tracks rather than writing with instruments. I always write melodies first, then I think of a visual and then lyrics.
Do you have any odd stories about how a song came about?
On the way to finish a song called Crash Landing on my upcoming album I was actually in a crash landing. I was on a southwest flight that crashed into the landing strip when the landing gear broke. It was pretty crazy since I was writing a song with that title.
How/when did you get your start playing music?
I had a beautiful upright piano at my house when I was young and I began taking lessons when I was 4. I feel like I have always been playing music.
Why do you think a specific genre of music speaks to someone over others?
I think it depends on whatever resonates with them emotionally.
What role does music play in your life?
She is my mother, she is my sister, she is my guru and my priest. She rules every aspect of my life. Sometimes I love her and sometimes I wish she would kill me.
What is your favorite book/show/movie lately?
The seven and a half deaths of Eveyln Hardcastle is my favorite book currently. I am also obsessed with Punisher on Disney +. He is my spirit animal. My favorite movie of the moment is The Edge of tomorrow. It stars Tom Cruise, who I am not typically a fan of but I loved it!
Do you have any rituals that you do before/during recording?
I put on something cozy and I make a ritualistic sacrifice to the god of the voice.
What makes lyrics good?
It has to flow as well as Triumph by Wu Tang clan. I think what makes lyrics good is every human brain's interpretation of a good lyric. It’s all subjective. Whatever resonates with you, the marriage between the lyric and the audience. What might be amazing to one person might suck to another.
How do you know when a song is finished? Is it ever?
It’s an instinct to me. It’s done when I feel like its ready to take the audience on the same journey it’s taking me.
How do you cope with the crazy schedules of touring and recording?
I have meltdowns once every 3 days! Hahaha! Mental health is always important to me and I am always searching for something in my toolbox of coping mechanisms. Chocolate and a nice bath work well for me. I am always working on bringing as much balance to my life as possible. My 10 minute meditation in the morning sometimes is all I get. Balance is a life skill learned, not a way to stay afloat. No matter how busy my schedules can get , I can always feel happy with where I am because I am pursuing my dreams. Gratitude is a big part of it.
What sacrifices have you made to follow your dreams?
Everything, I can’t think of something I haven’t sacrificed. When you are pursing art sometimes, everything else comes second.
What do you love/hate most about your life as a musician?
I love my life as a musician, I just hate how much vanity metrics like social media matter these days to being a musician. It seems like it’s less about the music and more about how many followers you get on Tik Tok.
What do you do outside music that contributes to your music?
I make a ton of visuals for my music. I create costumes and videos and pretty much every visual aesthetic I have.
What message do you want your fans to take away from your music?
I want my fans to realize they don’t have to be shut in a box that others tell you to be in. I want them to feel however they want to feel. That it’s okay to be different in whatever way you want.
If you were a musical instrument, what would it be?
I would be a piano.
Is there an artist you’ve wanted to see in concert, but never have had the chance?
What is an object from a movie or tv show you wish existed in real life?
The infinity gauntlet that Thanos wears so I could snap away all the idiots from my life.
The music industry evolves so quickly. What do you think is the best way for people to find new music?
Listening to the playlists I make on spotify! I know a lot of great new music. Also going to local shows and checking out as much live music as possible.
Where do you find meaning in your life?
The three F’s (Friends, Family and food)
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color are you?
The deepest purple you can even imagine. It’s called Grape Explosion
If life was a video game, what kinds of cheat codes would you want to exist?
Up Up down down left right left right B A (If you know, you know)
If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
I would have creatives running the industry rather than businessmen.
If you could go open for any artist, who would it be?
Muse for sure!!
Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
Yes. I have a ton of them but gardening is my current thing.
What first got you into music?
Me growing up in the symphony world. My dad loved a lot of powerful female singers like Taylor Dayne and Pat Benetar and when i was a baby Dean Martin was the only thing that helped me stop crying.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
I am not sure, it’s an internal drive I can’t really explain.
What's the best piece of advice another musician has given you?
Always know how to properly wrap your cables.