What inspired you to pursue music?
Music helped lift me out of depression and was able to console me in a way nothing else could. The way other artists have been able to connect with me has inspired me to do what I do. I want to reach out to others – to make them feel like they’re not alone – and that’s what has encouraged me to keep pursuing the art of making music.
How would you describe your musical style?
I’ve been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles throughout my life, but the closest genre I’d classify myself as is soulful pop with a funky edge. I love honest songwriting and infectious grooves combined with musical elements of jazz and R&B.
What artists do you look up to right now?
Recently, I’ve been loving what artists like Cody Fry, Cory Wong, Maggie Rogers, AJR, Kaiit, Sammy Rae, and Foster the People have been putting out. Although these artists span a variety of genres, one element – honest, raw authenticity – is the core of all their music. I’m also continually delving more into some of the greats – Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire just to name a few.
What would you say is your most braggable moment?
That I haven’t given up yet, but am attempting to choose positivity and joy every day.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learned from a mistake?
Don’t wait until your art is “perfect” – you’ll miss many opportunities. There will be no such ideal as “perfect.” Even if you believe a song has finally reached its fullest form, in a few months you’ll notice all its flaws if you’ve been continually growing in your craft. Flaws are normal, necessary, and part of the artistic process. In some ways, flaws add character and uniqueness to our art. I’ve made the mistake of waiting too long to perfect my craft and subsequently letting opportunities pass me by. Keep forging ahead and doing your best – don’t wait until you feel you’ve reached perfection.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists today?
For better or worse, social media is what connects the world. As artists, we can utilize this opportunity to create a positive, uplifting impact with our art by using social media as a means to communicate and connect with others through music. Especially in this time of self-isolation, it’s truly amazing to witness the power of technology to bring the world together.
How has this whole music career experience been?
It can be a wild ride – some days you feel on top of a mountain, and other days you feel you’ve sunk all the way to the ocean floor. It’s such a changeable experience with high highs and low lows. But it’s also a gratifying, rewarding process and an incredible experience that truly grows your character.
Do you have any advice for aspiring music artists?
Don’t stress yourself too much while creating or practicing. If you’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or are falling into the comparison trap, take a breather. Spend some time working on your mental health. Music is supposed to be healing for yourself and others, so remember to make that your priority as an artist.
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