INTERVIEW: Claire Mortifee

Hi Claire, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having me VENTS! Stoked to be talking with you guys. Honestly, I’ve been uprooting a lot of old habits and beliefs lately…so it’s been intense, but so is a Scorpio’s life! I’m on a focused spiritual path, so I can safely say I’ve been very well.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shanghigh” (Watch here)?

When I got invited to sing at Shanghai Fashion Week 2013, my friend Colby Rex O’Neill (Lotus Eaters Films) was also hired to shoot the event. We spent an impromptu night filming this music video, just wandering around beautiful public art installations, and so the song’s title was born! Thanks to Hip & Bone for dressing me on that shoot. We did the rest of it in my hometown Vancouver, on uncededMusqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory. More thanks goes out to Liz Burdock with the tattoo prowess and Monica YL as my trusty assistant!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I started this song in 2012 when I was still in Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria. Nick Wisdom sent me the first cut of the beat (originally named Budderflies) and I caught instant inspiration. I ended up touching on body-love, leaning into my tender-heartedness, the power of meditation, and our constant evolution as a species.

The single comes off your new album Medicines – what’s the story behind the title?

The album’s working title was Past Paragons, named after a track that didn’t end up on the final project. Medicines arose simply because that’s what this music was – and is to me! Medicine to write, to record, to perform, and to share.

How was the recording and writing process?

AstroLogical ended up hopping on the Shanghigh beat, hence Potatohead People with the production credit. I added the bridge after the rest of the song was written, and those non-verbal harmonies came through me in the booth. I recorded most of the album at Creativ Studios in North Vancouver with Jamie Kuse, who also mixed and mastered the entire album.

What role does LA play in your music?

I barely go out networking and partying – never really felt drawn to that. There are some communities I’ve felt an exciting connection with, but I generally stay tucked away with my husband and our dog, surrounded in nature. Every time I get to a new stage in my spiritual evolution, a new piece of what my heart has been calling for just comes to me. My job is staying focused on living as my truest, brightest light, which happens naturally when I stay in humble awareness of the Unified Web of Infinite Intelligence we’re all a part of. I’m grateful to be living on traditional Tongva land, covered in abundant sunlight, knowing that everything I’ve ever dreamed of is all right here inside of me. LA is so vast, so it’s the perfect place to find my own reflection in. Manifestation happens easily here!

How has Amy Winehouse influenced your writing?

She was one of the first jazz singers I really got into…I remember the day my mom showed me her album in the paper, I was still in high school. I didn’t know white women could sing like that until I heard Amy – it was probably theeee single place I didn’t have a Caucasian role model. I now see what a huge advantage I’m at to have examples of women who look like me everywhere I turn…it should truly be like this for folx of all colors, and of all body types. Representation is so important, more important than I think a lot of white people realize. So thanks Amy for representing someone like me in the one place I needed it. Rest in Power, bright light.

What aspect of love and healing did you get to explore on this record?

This album is a snapshot of my self-love journey. My felt knowing of Self as Source has been the #1 most effective medicine in healing from an unnamable grief I’ve held onto for much of my life. These songs are prayers and mantras I get to sing to myself as reminders of Who I Truly Am!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yessss ma’am… *drumsfingerstogether*

What else is happening next in Claire Mortifee’s world?

More prayer! More empowering music! More yoga. More meditation. More taking responsibility for what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling. More LOVE cuz why not??! Love YOU!

Check out the full album here

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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