What was the beginning point for your music career? How did it all start?
It all started with my first fashion show for LAFW. I’m a fashion designer who grew up dancing, singing and loving music. Music had been my biggest source of inspiration, so when I was getting ready to debut my brand, I wanted to show the story of the collection in a short fashion film to be screened before the models what out onto the catwalk. It was difficult to get the license for the French song, Je t’aime Moi Non Plus, so we decided to work on an original song. I worked with a composer, wrote the lyrics, and provided the vocals. I fell in love with the process, and I didn’t want to stop after that. After a while I felt the urge to perform and share more of my songs, so I went to music school and came out with my EP, Cannibal. I split my time between fashion and music, I’m the happiest I ever been!
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
There were many bumps! I was a fashion designer coming from Paris and now, in addition to my brand, I wanted to start a career in music. I had neglected my voice during college and needed to train to recover my vocal range once more. I was scared I had damaged my vocal cords and it was very painful in the beginning. Over time I became more confident, and it began to feel natural to sing live.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
Having the opportunity to work with such amazing musicians and seeing how much they love to play my songs is surreal. I felt out of place in the beginning, like I was doing something I didn’t deserve, as I had studied fashion design and not music production. My love and connection to music had always been there however, and seeing people enjoy what I write is overwhelming.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
It’s a blend of 70s and 80s pop and rock with a cinematic flair. My musical influences are David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, Vanessa Paradis, and Carla Bruni.
What is your creative process like?
I start with a story and just keep on writing until I see lines that pop out to me. I’ll rewrite those lines over and over adding and taking away. I collect images and clips from movies that help shape the story, I’m a visual person!
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would love it if the industry would focus on musicians who really are passionate about what they are doing not people who have a large following with little interest in music and what they are releasing. Music is emotion and if you are not connecting with it, then how can it truly connect with others?
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
Make sure you can have fun together, on and off stage!
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
I don’t think I have an answer yet!
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
I would be working in fashion but knowing something was missing.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
We are getting ready to play live again! Its so exciting!! I can’t wait for you to hear us play!