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 first started music at the age of 4. My older brother was starting violin and I told my mom “I wanna play too.” (because I was a competitive little sister of course) So my parents got me a custom made little violin because I was too small for a regular sized one. I loved playing! But I didn’t want to become a professional musician until I was around the age of 14. I started a thrash metal band with my brother. My brother and I would share singing lead vocals and lead guitar. We gigged multiple times a week all throughout high school. The moment I stepped on stage, I knew I wanted to pursue music."
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
"Metallica got me into metal ( thus the thrash band in high school). So they are a huge influence on me. But my biggest inspiration is Danny Elfman, the Beetlejuice score to be exact. I just love all the spooky and quirky melodies. Other bands that inspire me are Avenged Sevenfold, Led Zeppelin, In This Moment, Zob Zombie, My Chemical Romance, and Pantera."
In January you released your single “Freakshow” - where did the inspiration for the song come from?
"So my producer LennyJ. and I were messing around in the studio and I wrote the guitar riff. Then we co-wrote it together. It turned out sounding kind of circusy, so the name Freakshow came to mind. A lot of us hide our “weirdness” from the world. So many of my close friends and even I, myself have been bullied and shunned going against the “norm." Freakshow is a safe place for all of us “freaks” to be ourselves."
As the guitarist in Shiragirl, what are some of your favorite songs to play live?
"I love playing We Are The Underground and Nothing to Lose :)"
Since you’ve launched your solo career, how has the expansion from band to solo artist been for you? Anything you’ve learned from being in a band, that you keep in mind as a solo artist?
"I mean, I definitely know how to DIY pretty much everything (Promo, releases, booking etc.) I’ve been gigging since I was 14 so I know the ropes. I like the unity of a band but I like being a solo artist better. I always get my way lmao."
Are there any challenges that you’ve faced that pertain to being a female artist in the industry?
"You mean like getting locked out of my own show because the security thinks I’m just a groupie that stole a backstage pass? Or not allowed to join tours because “having a woman on tour would distract the men.” Constant sexual advances when offered a job and not being taken seriously are the most common challenges for sure. Music is the hardest industry for women, but we need to change that and make history!"
A lot of people might not know you also act. How much of a priority is that for you? Is acting a big part of your dream vision for your career?
"Acting is fun. However, my main focus is music, but I wouldn’t complain if I booked a big role."
You post regularly on TikTok and IG. A lot of artists have recently come out talking about the challenge of balancing an active feed, and focusing on your craft, while still maintaining mental health. Any personal insights you can share on this? How do you balance it all?
"Oof. Well I posted a new guitar reel every day for 5 months straight and let me tell you, I was not okay. I ended up taking a few months off. Social media is great for promo and keeping in contact with your fanbase, but it becomes very demanding. The only advice I can give is: grind and work hard, but don’t forget self care. You need designated time off. I frequently meditate and check in with myself."
Do you have a dream artist you would like to work with in the future?
"I’d give my left big toe to write a song with Rob Zombie."
First concert you went to?
"I hate this question… Hillary Duff. but she had some bangers haha LET RAIN FALL DOWN!!!"
Do you play any other instruments outside of the guitar?
"I play piano, bass, drums, flute, and I consider voice an instrument!"
Any new female artists you’re currently listening to?
"My favorite female artist right now is In This Moment. As for new ones, all of the amazing Gritty girls!"
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One word to describe yourself?
"Demon *insert finger horns* LOL but, probably: driven."
What’s your ideal day?
"Sleep in (I hate mornings), have a nice cup of coffee with my cat Nyxx on my lap, and then play a show of course."
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"Playing the Staples Center (now Crypto.com Arena)."
Biggest advice for young women entering the music industry?
"Practice and know your craft. You need to be prepared for any obstacle thrown at you."
How did you get involved with Gritty In Pink? What does it feel like being a part of a community for women in music?
"Through Shira. As you all know, I play guitar in Shiragirl :) It’s so inspiring to work with all of the amazing women artists involved with Gritty."
What’s next for you? Any final comments?
"I’m announcing my next single very very soon. So keep an eye out!!"