JANUARY 2022 | Volume 12

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 when I was really really young. I’ve always loved singing, performing, and writing and it’s always been so very therapeutic to me. I struggled a lot with explaining how I’m feeling and putting my emotions into words, and writing music whenever I was in a tough spot has always felt like this emotional release that could encapsulate what was going on in my head. I really believe that taking the time to get my thoughts out on paper and write a song about them helped me process and get through the heavy emotions throughout my life. I knew I wanted to do this as a career when I saw that people like Lady Gaga were able to use their art to connect with others, and create this sense of community that brings people together and makes them feel less alone. People like her helped me remind myself that I am not alone in the things that I have gone through, and helped remind me to be who I am regardless of what anyone else thinks. The positive impact that she had on my life inspired me to create music that can also positively impact others. So many people listen to music to help them get through tough times in their life, and If the soundtrack to my own struggles and memories could even help a small percentage of people, that’s what keeps me going."
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
"My biggest musical inspirations are Lady Gaga, Ashnikko, Paramore, Girli, and Beartooth. I’ve always loved songwriters that push artistic boundaries, write about things they go through in their lives, and aren’t afraid to speak their mind."  
When did you start your TikTok?
"I started my tiktok in 2020, I didn’t really know what it was at the time, but my younger brother kept telling me that since I had built an Instagram following over the last few years I’d kick ass at it so I started it for the fun of it not knowing what to expect. I recently reached half a million and I never imagined that that’s where I would be right now. With the exception of tiktok suppressing views for many creators at the moment, it’s given me another place to express myself, speak my mind, connect with others, and share my music and for that I’m grateful." 
Do you have an album releasing soon?
"I have an EP coming in February, I’ve been working on it for quite a bit and it’s going to be called “The Power Vested in Me”. I decided to name it that because I am in more control of my life than anyone else. I get to decide how I live it. I get to decide how I approach issues. I get to decide not to stand for poor treatment from others. All of the songs were written at very difficult points in my life, but they all have the theme of standing up for myself and not taking shit from other people the way that I used to. I know what I deserve, I know who I am, and nobody can change that or take that away from me."
Are there any challenges that you’ve faced that pertain to being a female artist in the industry?
"In the music industry, or any industry for that matter, women often get treated like they can’t be taken as seriously as men. When I’ve worked with people in the past I’ve had to really practice sticking to my vision and effectively communicating my thoughts and goals, because there are many times I’ve been treated like I don’t know what I’m doing, as if I’m somewhat helpless in their eyes. I’ve always been very sure of what I’m looking for in terms of my music and I used to struggle with standing up for myself when things weren’t sounding the way I wanted, because I didn’t want to come off as picky or bitchy, and I ended up regretting not communicating what I really felt. I don’t settle for that anymore. I love working with others, and there should never be a dynamic where you feel overpowered by anyone." 
Do you have a dream artist you would like to work with in the future?
"One day I’d absolutely love to work with Ashnikko and create a song together that’s a fusion of both of our music styles and aesthetics. I’m really inspired by powerful women/non binary people in music and I admire the fact that Ashnikko goes balls to the wall with everything she creates and performs. I also really admire her using making music as a way to cope." First concert you went to?
"The first concert I ever went to was the Lady Gaga monster ball tour in 2011. My mom took me because she knew how much I looked up to and admired Lady Gaga, and watching how unapologetically herself she was and how inclusive and accepting she was really inspired me. I was also closeted at the time, so her song “Born This Way” was very special to me. I struggled a lot with figuring out who I was, so this held a lot of significance in my life." Any new female artists you’re currently listening to?
"I’ve been listening to a lot of Mothica, Deathbyromy, Ellise, Peach PRC, and Bea Miller. They’re all such powerful women and they work so hard on their art and I love how empowering towards other women they are." 
Favorite TV Show?
"My favorite TV show is American Horror Story, I’m always so invested in the themes and plots, and live for the visuals and costuming."
Most inspirational quote?
"I’d like to detach this quote from the person who wrote it because I don’t support them in the slightest anymore, but growing up my favorite quote was “do what you want and say what you think, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr Seuss). This is a quote that inspired me to be unapologetically myself regardless of what others think, because the people that don’t like it don’t matter to me. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing for the people that support me, because the people that don’t don’t affect me."  One word to describe yourself?
What’s your ideal day?
"My ideal day would be putting together a makeup and outfit look that makes me feel unstoppable while I blast my favorite songs, then going on a picnic with my friends and/or girlfriend. Then I’d love to go track new music or finish writing a song, and after I’d have a modeling shoot and then go out with my friends+girlfriend in the evening. I love busy days, oftentimes I feel like I haven’t done enough in the day, so when my day is full and I have fun things planned it always makes me so happy."
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"In five years I see myself having made at least two to three albums and being able to tour. Everything that I’ve been working so hard on all goes towards achieving that goal, and being able to perform consistently and make a living off it like I’ve always wanted. I have so many music videos and projects planned for these next few years and I’m so excited to keep creating." 
Biggest advice for young women entering the music industry?
"For any young women entering the music industry: stick to your vision, remember why you chose to enter this industry, and remember what drives you. It’s very easy to get lost in comparing yourself to others or be critical of yourself, but your passion and the essence of who you are and your motivation is what’s going to get you to where you want to be. Comparing yourself to other people will only drag you down, there is only one version of you to ever exist. Keep your mind open to new opportunities, and growth, and support uplift those around you. Be a go getter, don’t steer away from what being a part of music means to you, and don’t take shit from people that try to put you down out of their own bitterness, because people like that exist everywhere. Use people like that as motivation, because it means you’re doing something right." 
How did you get involved with Gritty In Pink? What does it feel like being a part of a community for women in music?
"I got involved with Gritty In Pink through the lovely Shira finding me through social media, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to be a part of a community of women that empower and support each other. Women get put up against each other and compared to each other way too often, especially in the music industry, and I think it’s so wonderful to have this awesome group of strong women uplifting and working with each other." 
Any final comments?
"I believe that life is way too short to hide who you are, and it goes by way too fast to dim your light for others. The people that love you and the people that support you will embrace that light, even when others try to put it out. Whenever I start to question myself or doubt myself, I remember the feisty little hot head younger version of me and I live my life the way that she’d be proud of. I think she would look up to who I am now  and that’s how I know I’m moving in the right direction."