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Was music a big part of your upbringing? Do you remember the first album you fell in love with?
Yes! Both my parents have insane tastes in music and I still idolize some of the artists they introduced me to at a young age. From my mom’s side, I fell in love with Bon Iver, specifically for Emma, Forever Ago and from my dad’s side I became obsessed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But if I’m being completely honest the first album I truly loved was ‘Let Go’ by Avril Lavigne.
You’ve orbited the spotlight since you were a child. With parents in the industry what lessons have you learned that have prepared you for your own success and the exposure that comes with it.
I feel like sometimes it’s easy to look at people in the “industry” as perfect, happy people with perfect lives, especially from an outside perspective. But in reality, it has a lot of hardships as well! The industry that my parents are in and the industry that I’m working my ass off to be in, is filled with failure and shame and can become mentally and physically exhausting at times. I feel like my parents taught me that no job is going to be unicorns and rainbows. I’m extremely lucky that I get to wake up every morning and pursue my passion. It’s so important to remember how special and beautiful this chance that I have is and I feel grateful 100% of the time, even when shit gets hard.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Find perspective in everything and stay optimistic no matter what comes your way.
What has been your personal career highlight so far?
Performing at Heaven in London. It was an indescribable feeling. I remember every second of it.
What is your favorite part of the creative process? Writing? Recording? Performing?
Writing is my favorite part – it’s a sort of therapy to me. I’m somewhat of a closed off person in the real world. When I write songs I’m able to pour all my emotions, internal battles, breakups or whatever I’m feeling in the moment into a form of art. I then release it and other people can listen to my lyrics and maybe it can help them in some way too. Writing music is kinda like healing myself but in a way that hopefully helps others as well.
What can we expect from you upcoming single and Album? What has the inspiration been behind the new music?
You can expect a lot of music throughout this next year starting off with a single in July. A big influence has been rock guitars. I’ve always been one to make music more left of pop and I feel like I’ve found my sound incorporating rock and alternative music into the pop music I make.
What does an off day look like for you?
In bed with the shades down for an entire day, friends and Netflix.
What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
I’M NOT A MODEL – I’m a musician.
What fragrance do you wear?
What’s one thing in your closest you can’t live with out?
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What is your fitness and health regime?
Eeeesh I need to get one! Genuinely do not work out or eat healthy. The fast food and milkshakes are all gonna catch up to me one day.
Where are you most happy?
In my bed.
What are you most afraid of?
The people I love dying. Very dark I know.
What are the top 3 songs on your playlist right now?
Bags by Clairo, Skin by Dijon and Mother by Kacey Musgraves.
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
Maybe studying criminal law in college. I watch too much CSI.
What is the most challenging part of your job? and what is the most rewarding?
Touring is the answer to both questions. It’s so strenuous and truly exhausting but every single night on stage is the most rewarding part of my job for sure.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me has nothing to do with fame or money. For me, to consider yourself successful you have to be happy and love what you do more than anything else. Conventional success legitimately means nothing if you don’t love the hard work and shit that comes with it.
To me there would be no success if the way I got there wasn’t driven by passion. I’m in love with writing and recording and just making art. I’d do it forever if I never got paid a dime, BUT, I consider myself extremely lucky that I’m able to solely focus on my music at this point of my life. Having the freedom to make the music I wanna make means the world to me.