When did you start your music journey? What was the moment for you, that you knew this is what you wanted to do as a career?
"I started my music journey as soon as I picked up my first instrument. I was very young, and my parents put my brother and I in violin lessons, and I remember just loving it. I went through a few different instruments over my childhood and finally landed on guitar around age 11, but I always KNEW I was going to be a musician for life. The moment I knew I wanted to do it as a career was a little different, and it was when I walked off the stage after playing Red Rocks with Love Stallion in 2019."
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
"Paramore, Pink Floyd, Queen, Periphery, No Doubt, Chevelle, Linkin Park, and Poppy." As the bassist for Love Stallion, what are some of your favorite songs to play from the band?
"All of them are fun in their own way! We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously. Some of my favorite Love Stallion songs to play are "The Campaign", "Trans Am" and "Dangerous Lover" When you’re not playing bass for Love Stallion or other bands, you are also an accountant. How do you find balance between the two?
"Well… still trying to find that balance, but it’s getting easier. The hardest part is switching my brain from the creative side to the business side and vice versa. If I have a rehearsal in the middle of the day, it’s impossible to get out of that music zone and back into accounting mode. The daily schedules of each one really don’t mesh either. I say that I’m an accountant by day and a musician by night, but that doesn’t leave enough time for a good night of sleep most of the time!"
What’s one piece of advice you wish you’ve learned early on about the music industry?
"Believe it when you see it. When I really dove into the music industry, it was so easy for me to get starstruck or have my hopes higher than they should have been. I think it's important to be realistic and realize that WAY more opportunities fall through than ones that come to fruition. When good opportunities do come through, take advantage of every moment and be thankful for them."
Are there any challenges that you’ve faced that pertain to being a female bassist in the industry?
"I’m not sure if it is necessarily a challenge, but just dealing with stereotypes. If I’m not actively holding a bass in my hand, I usually get asked if I’m the singer. I think people are so used to seeing female musicians being mostly singers that they don’t realize that there are female instrumentalists too. I hope there will continue to be more of us!"
Do you have a dream artist you would like to work with in the future?
"Haley Williams or Lady Gaga."
First concert you went to?
"Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana on my 11th birthday."
Any new female artists you’re currently listening to?
"Poppy, Larkin Poe, and Spiritbox."
Favorite TV Show?
Most inspirational quote?
"I have a couple: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.', and 'Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind' ~ Dr Seuss"
One word to describe yourself?
"Unrelenting. (Which is both good and bad, ha!)"
What’s your ideal day?
"Waking up to a nice cup of coffee and getting a little bit of exercise outdoors in the morning. Then, spending the rest of the day working on or playing music and getting to do something fun like go to the beach or the movies, then out to eat and go for ice cream after. That is my kind of relaxing ideal day."
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"Playing arenas and festivals!"
Biggest advice for young women entering the music industry?
"Be true to yourself and be unapologetically you because the music industry can hold a lot of pressure when it comes to your artistry and your image, but I think staying authentic goes way further than those expectations."
You hold a pivotal leadership role at Gritty In Pink, as Head of Accounting. How did you get involved, and what does it feel like being a part of building a community for women in music?
"I got involved in Gritty by playing the very first all girl jam in January 2020! When Covid hit, I was able to get more involved in Gritty by playing on a lot of the livestreams. Shira shared with me what she envisioned Gritty could become — a community for women in music and a place for us to get hired, which truly feels like a one-of-a-kind thing! It feels really special to be a part of this because I always felt so isolated in my early musician years as a female. I didn’t know very many female musicians growing up, especially in the rock scene, so it was daunting to continue on at times because I always felt so different from all of the guys, and I felt devastatingly insecure at times. I had even quit music for a few years because of it. The Gritty community has helped me change that mindset and it has been such a rock for me during a lot of my time in L.A.. I feel like all women should have that support and access to other female musicians."