INTERVIEW BY: MEG
You just released a new single, titled “Alright.” What is the meaning behind the title and what’s that song about?
“Alright” is me reflecting on a budding relationship that I knew might not end well, but saying “Alright” to taking a chance for love.
What was the writing process like for this track and how would you compare the writing process for this song to your previous single, “Monsters”?
I’d say the main difference between the writing process on this track and the last one is that for “Monsters,” I had been sitting on the hook for about a year before I finally wrote the concept. With “Alright”, it wasn’t necessarily a concept I came in with. It wasn’t even a session I was supposed to be in, actually. My roommate (who is one of my good friends from college) had some friends over in her room on a Saturday for a writing night. I texted her “sick track” from downstairs (where I was drinking hard kombucha and watching 'The Office'), and they asked if I wanted to join. When I got into the room, my friend Lindzi (also a college friend) was in the session, so we naturally caught up. I ended up talking about my new crush, and a lot of what I said ended up being song lyrics. The chorus melody was what I sang immediately walking into the room. “Monsters” was more of a thought out memoir whereas “Alright” was a stream of consciousness experience.
These two songs are off of your upcoming EP, 'Made In The 90s.' What are some of the other lyrical themes/topics discussed on the rest of the EP?
The concept ‘Made In The 90s’ is all about reflecting on how the past informs the person I am today. “Monsters” and “Alright”, when boiled down to the basics, are both essentially about overcoming anxiety and insecurity and getting out of your comfort zone to cope. The 2 tracks which will debut on the EP explore the confidence and euphoria that can develop as a result of growth and adversity, rounding out the picture.
Does the EP have an overall theme and is there an overall message you want it to send to the listeners? If so, what?
Like I mentioned above, ‘Made In The 90s’ is all about reflecting on how my personal history informs who I am at this point in my life. Every song is a true story. Sonically, it’s the songs of my childhood and the sounds today blended up in a yummy pop smoothie. I hope that people listen and are inspired to accept the demons of their past as a beautiful part of their present.
How would you describe the overall sound of the EP, and who/what were some of your main musical influences when writing and composing this?
Overall, I'd describe the EP as alt-rock for lovers of dance-pop and nostalgia. As for some of my main musical influences, I’d have to say Katy Perry, Bleachers, and Carlie Hanson, to name a few.
What do you have planned in support of this EP, and what can people expect from you in the future?
Lots of visual content and maybe a few remixes… but shhhh, you didn’t hear it from me ;)
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