Your track “Deep Inside” develops with intrigue, from chiming guitar lushness into impassioned vocals. It’s great! Is there a particular theme you’re conveying on the track?
Hell yeah there is! The theme is literally reflecting the song’s title “Deep Inside”. It was written to resonate with the beauty and fullness of life, time, and how short it all is, whilst battling the gut-wrenching darkness we can all carry “deep down inside”. It swirls around ideas like the anxiety of the clock not stopping and how our thoughts and emotions can blind us from moving forward, wasting that time.
The chorus blasting the idea of killing “them”, is referring to asking for help to kill our horrible thoughts, and “so slowly, so that he stops crying” being to only fix the problem one step at a time, as too much change can have a negative effect. “I just want you to feel their pain, drivin’ you insane, because it’s driving me crazy” is saying, I want you to feel my thoughts’ pain, drive you insane because I am sick of it. I want to get rid of it and I want you to have it. But I also want you to understand it to help me. It’s a very weird, multi-idea part which shadows our primitive self-preservation and even envy, but us begging for help as well.
You note your biggest vocal influence as Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. What struck you about his fantastic, immersive vocal delivery the most when you discovered him in high school?
So, I’m sure it was the song “The Messenger” from their “A Thousand Suns” album which I mentioned was the first track where I really paid attention to his voice. What struck me at that point, for that song, was how bright, bold, and emotionally engaging his voice was. Before that song, I don’t recall paying attention to it, really. Even his aggressive vocals, which ironically became the mother of my style. That aside though, as much as I love him and Linkin Park, and will always remember where I came from, I don’t want to be defined by that. I want to be known for my artistry.
You note an interest in cinema and theatre as well. Do you have any particular inspirations in that realm?
Oh, God. Here we go, haha!
I loved drama in high school, for a start. I think that’s where all these creative sparks were really fed and watered! I performed and also saw a few stage-plays back then, one with Hugo Weaving in it. I just loved everything about all of it. It lit a fire in my guts.
Leaving that time and going onwards, the biggest sparks were Heath Ledger’s Joker in the movie “The Dark Knight”, and Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise in the 2017 remake of “IT”. After watching “IT”, I actually spent five eighteen-hour days writing a script, which now is a finished screen play waiting for its time. I think around this time, or just before it too, I started pursuing acting, but it wasn’t the right time. Maybe later.
What’s your favorite venue to perform at?
Anywhere my fans and I have the best of times, honestly! I really can’t wait for big stadiums one day. Not just because I love it, but because I will also get to see all my fans for real and that’s something gorgeous to me!
Do you have a specific process or ritual when creating new music?
No. For me, it’s however it comes about is the way it should flow until later when it’s polished.
Any favorite artists or albums you’re listening to at the moment?
Memorist’s song “The Empiric” is a killer. Sam Smith’s song “Unholy” is bringing back some nostalgia from a year ago, and the same for Linkin Park’s “Lost”. Kanye West’s song “Heartless” is also amongst these.
What do you find is the most satisfying part of being an artist?
I love watching ideas become reality, and we haven’t even gotten to the big stuff yet. This doesn’t just mean in music either. I love to accomplish goals in everything. That’s our power as humans.
What is the biggest challenge you find in today’s music industry?
I think it’s the same challenges that we are faced with from the entire world with everything. The world and society are constantly changing, and the generational cultures and norms are changing as well. The industry has evolved the way it was predicted to go, I guess.
Overall, the biggest challenge, I think, is the density of it, and the niche versus the mainstream. However, all of this being said, everything seems to have its place, for now. But this will only last for as long we keep anything and everything alive. As the great Stephen Hawking once said, “While there is life, there is hope”. Only one monthly listener on Spotify could’ve been a producer listening who is about to blow your career up. So, never give up!
What’s upcoming for the project?
Ooooh, this question! Fun! Fun! Fun!
An album and all of its glory is on its way! I’m unsure of the details. But, it’s planned to be drip-fed over the next year or two. By the end of this year, we should see some action. Keep an eye on the socials, and you’ll see the momentum pick up.