when did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?

Music has been a passion of mine for a long time - I grew up in a house in which music was the centrepiece - but it wasn't until about two years ago that I began considering it seriously as a career. I was the maid of honour for my sisters' wedding and I wrote her a song in lieu of a speech.. After posting the song to Youtube, it got the attention of a management team based in Dublin. It is to them that I owe the drive and confidence I have to pursue a career in music.

how has lockdown been for you? been keeping busy/creative?

I was lucky in the sense that lockdown was generally a positive experience. I was locked down with two of my closest friends in Dublin.
 The slow pace of life gave a lot of time for self-reflection and gave me an opportunity to work through a lot of the self-doubt that had been surfacing for me throughout the year. I was doing a lot of production doing lockdown, and actually wrote, recorded and produced my current single, You and I towards the end of lockdown! 

 

what song are you most proud of?

I think at the moment, probably Golden. I was so new to songwriting, production etc at the time, so I didn't really know what rules I had to follow, and I just kind of added things that felt right. I knew I liked it, but I didn't expect anything to come of it, as I was such a novice to the whole music scene, but after some help from MYFAULT, a Dublin based producer, it ended becoming a song that exceeded my expectations and something people really connected with. 

when did you realise that music was going to be what you did full-time?

Doing music full-time has been a more recent decision. After almost two years of trying to juggle both full-time work and beginning a music career, lockdown made me realise how much more constructive output I could produce to advance my career if it was my primary focus. That's really what has pushed me to try and maintain music in a more full-time capacity. 

if you could work with any artist (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?

While not trying to be entirely cliche, I would love to work with Frank Ocean. The production of all of his tracks always finds a way to perfectly communicate the emotion of the song effortlessly. Lauryn Hill would be amazing too as I feel I'd be able to learn a lot from her in terms of lyricism.. also Kanye West - 40% because I think he's great and 60% for entertainment purposes. 

if you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

If I could pick anyone, I think it'd have to be Erykah Badu... To have the opportunity to share a stage with her would be so unimaginably amazing.

 what has been the main influencing factor in your work?

Influences change depending on where I am and what I'm doing... Because I produce, write and sing all of my music, I draw inspiration from so many different facets of my life. Music I listen to, words I read or hear people say, circumstances in my life. It's hard to pinpoint one as the main thing.

what has been your proudest career moment?

I think probably my first releases were the proudest I have felt of myself so far... When I listened to my first single, Here, on release day, I got really emotional just processing the fact that it was the culmination of so much work for so long, and I had put so much of myself in that song. It also marked the turning point of when I realised how much I wanted to be a musician.

what's your advice for new artists who want to start creating music?

Give yourself the best opportunity for success. If you can carve out a solid week or two of time to dedicate to begin the foundations of your songs, that's helpful so you can immerse yourself entirely in your project and get a solid base started. Allow yourself time and be patient, don't judge something until it's finished, and don't be afraid to take a break from a particular song if you don't like the direction it's going in. Fresh ears are more rational than frustrated ears.
Be nice to yourself.

where do you see yourself in five years?

The usual stuff - performing, touring and making music.. and being able to fully sustain myself from music alone. 

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