New – it’s always new to me. It moves into my mind suddenly, like some distant voice, and then gets recorded eventually to share. It’s pure magic.
Who are some of your influences outside of your music that inspire you ?
I’m very inspired by Joanna Newsom, both as an artist and a person. I love her non-engagement with marketing herself. She has no social media accounts. She doesn’t even have a website! She just lives her life and shares music when she’s ready. That’s my plan, too.
What do you want fans to take from your music? Do you think they take away something different from a live show as to listening to your album How A Stranger Is Made?
I want them to take a part of themselves from it. In other words, I want the music to remind them of a part of themselves. A part that’s new or insecure so it can grow and become sturdy and confident. The live show is very different. When I make an album, it’s such an exact replica of what I hear in my head. The live show is organic. It’s just me and a drummer. It’s much more raw and minimal.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Very diverse. We’re 90 minutes north of NYC so there’s a very underground wave of avant-garde, new music mixing into the more Americana/folk genres. It’s a vibrant music community. Lots of support and beautiful intimate venues.
Is there a song on your release How A Stranger Is Made that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? Can you talk the meaning behind some of the songs on How A Stranger Is Made?
My favorite songs change a lot during the process of recording and mixing. I have this strange relationship to my songs. They’re in my mind and my blood while I’m writing a record and then, once it’s finished, they’re just gone. It’s like they literally release from me and I lose interest in them. I tend to move right into writing the next record. The meaning behind the songs is very different, but the thread is the same: confusion of identity. Each song is a portrait of a person or event where there’s confusion, trauma, or transformation. They each explain the situation that makes someone a stranger to the world. The silent, deep, personal events in our lives that cause us to lose or gain parts of ourselves. My favorite song right now would be De La Saint, but Moon Men always tugs at my heart.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
So much. I have stopped striving. I make music for myself, instead of what I think others want me to make. I feel really confident in my work and connected to it, but I don’t feel desperate to get it heard. I used to feel very insecure and want people to love it, but now I love it so much that I get excited and curious about who will love it next, rather than depending on that kind of feedback or validation. It’s letting me take new roads with my music and do things that I want to do that are new & authentic.
What’s next for you?
Musically speaking, I will be working on a music video this year for one of the songs, as well as taking these songs on tour. We will be going down the East Coast this year. Hopefully, we’ll get to the west coast and mid-west in 2021. I’m also writing the next record. It’s called Blood Music & it’s totally different from How A Stranger Is Made. I’m really excited to be working on it.