How would you classify your music?
I’m not really sure. It wasn’t until I heard Lorde for the first time on the radio that I truly identified with a type of sound. I’ve pulled so much inspiration from that sort of somber, melodically tame, lyrically driven pop sound that she created and so I must credit her for opening up that genre and publicizing the importance of writing what you know. Similarly, I grew up listening to Taylor Swift, marveling at the quality of music she was able to write at such a young age. But country was never really my flavor, though I did do an alternative rock album that I wrote primarily on my guitar, inspired by Taylor, which opened up a lot of doors creatively for me. I would say after stumbling blindly through that phase, the dreadful Garageband-lead techno phase that followed, and then the electro-pop phase that came after that, I eventually tripped into Mike Gonsolin’s home studio in West Hollywood, Trend Def, where we reinvented my sound, something that I have described as ambient pop up until recently when someone suggested that dream pop would be a more suitable label. Perhaps I should have just said pop and saved the explanation, though I think the term “pop” is exceptionally shallow and will never do justice describing the music it is typically associated with.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Taylor Swift, Troye Sivan, G-Eazy, Frou Frou, Lorde.