1. How are you keeping busy and musical these days? How are you staying connected to your fans?
I’m just doing my best to write every day and always listen to and work with different kinds of music. I keep connected with people through social media entirely it seems.
2. Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that drive changed since you first starting writing songs?
Being a musician is what I have wanted to do with my life since I could make coherent thoughts. There haven’t been many questions about it in my mind for a long time. My family and my friends give me my day-to-day motivation; I’m always driven by my love for music, but their encouragement keeps me going. I think the more I write and develop myself it further cements that objective in my mind.
3. Has your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make?
Living in that small town of Williamsburg, VA made me want to go find out what else there was. So In that sense, it influences my music, but my experiences elsewhere have mostly shaped my content.
4. Growing up, how important was music in your life?
Music was always in my life. Playing around the house or in my head, there is not a second when I’m not thinking about some song–it’s almost annoying sometimes!
5. What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? Is there anything you wish you could go back and tell your younger self about this industry?
I am eternally amazed by the instrumental process. I sing, write lyrics, and hum melodies, but putting it all together is such a beautiful process. I welcome all the nonsense that comes, I know I can handle it so I am feeling relaxed. I would tell my younger self that you can write music about how you actually feel. It’s not all just making a cool story…it’s allowed to be real in any number of ways.
6. Let’s talk about your newest EP “Tattoo.” What was it like putting this collection together? Putting “Tattoo” together was a journey that actually took a little bit longer than I had expected.
I started with just recording a bunch of songs and then we kind of weeded out the tracks we felt might be best somewhere else. Unfortunately, some of those other tracks actually got lost, but I think the biggest challenge was having to outsource so much of the technical work.
7. While it’s difficult, can you pick out a few of your favorite songs on this EP and talk about their inspiration and how they got to be on this EP of yours?
“Edge Of Something” is probably my favorite song on the EP. It’s all about longing for something you had before and finally taking time to work on that. It’s about love that never went away but kind of shifted. It’s not a sad song it’s like, hopeful? “Finer Thing” is awesome–it’s just about people who try way too hard! I’m not calling anyone out, it’s just encouraging you to embrace your own self and make that what you flaunt, because as cliché as it is, it’s meant to say you won’t be able to keep a lie up forever, and eventually, it’s just gonna be up to you to make sure people like you for you and not some image.
8. Do you have plans to make a music video for any of these tracks? What would your dream music video look like right now?
I am planning to make a video for “Edge Of Something,” hopefully in the near future. I honestly have no idea what a picture of my perfect video would be, but as but I think that song gives me ‘walking in the street in the rain’ vibes I’m good.
9. What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has consistently been inspiring you and the music that you make?
I would love to work with Donald Glover or Frank Ocean I can’t even imagine how interesting their creative process likely is and I would love to be a part of that.10. At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music? Not all my music has an overarching message or theme, but what I want a person to get from my music is just happiness or a break. I guess I want to create little worlds for people with my music.