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What is the inspiration behind your new single “Rise For You”?
We all have those people in our lives that totally “get us” and bring out our highest selves. Could be a girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, mentor, hero, role-model… They see us beyond our flaws and by doing so make us feel heard, understood and inspire us to be better. I wanted to write a song that was dedicated to those people. It’s especially important in the challenging times we are in to have people that support us and bring out our best.
What made you discover your passion for creating an eclectic blend of your own sound? What places in your mind do you channel to craft your songs?
Since I was a child I’ve always loved music from so many different genres. I could never “pick a lane” and identify with just one particular type of music, subculture or even group of friends. I’ve always bounced around and found the value in diversity. So when it came to working on my own music, naturally the expression has blended a lot of my diverse influences from 2000s indie rock, hip hop / trap and retro 80s and 90s electro-pop…and more. When crafting my songs, I channel my own journey of life experiences in LA, New York, Spain and while traveling abroad. Sometimes a story, a line or a melody just pop into my head and I follow it wherever it takes me. I’m also an avid meditator and find inspiration and creativity through that.
What is the meaning behind the song’s title “Rise For You;” and what does it hold for you?
So many pop songs are about “Falling” for someone and I thought I’d put a twist on this classic phrase. “Rising” for someone means becoming a better version of yourself because that person lifts you up to a higher vibration through their support and inspiration.
Right now it’s all about performing online which is fun and definitely has it’s place. I’m getting more used to connecting with audiences this way. But of course I love being in the electrifying energy of live shows. I especially love festivals. I remember playing at Bonnaroo years back and it was one of my favorite live experiences. Clubs that have a rich history like The Troubadour in LA or The Mercury Lounge in NYC are also really fun (especially when they have a great sound system!). I love both experiences. In studio is more of an introverted experience and on-stage is more extroverted. I’m kinda both so I like them both for different reasons.
I think it’s by not subscribing to one genre or one formula. I’m not trying to sound like anyone else. Of course my influences will shine through but I’m doing my best to be me. It’s constantly evolving but I do think I’ve landed on a sound that is my own and it happened by just doing it. For this project I’ve written over 200 songs, recorded 35 but only released a handful so far. During that process I’ve been finding my unique sound.