How did you get started doing music?
At a very young age I was immersed in music. Piano lessons, theater, and voice lessons. My father was very musical, so I grew up with it. But it wasn’t until college that I started taking my music career seriously. I was part of the vocal performance program at school, and trained classically. It was one of the best decisions of my life, because to this day, I still use every technique I ever learned. Not only that, but I learned how to take care of my voice, and the importance of vocal health, which I am an advocate for to this day. When I was a sophomore, I recorded my first few songs, and during that time even flew to Los Angeles to work on my music.
What was it like recording your first ever song?
The first real song I ever recorded was while I was in college and I flew to Los Angeles. I met with this producer, who later became my mentor in a lot of ways. We were in this beautiful studio— I had never been to a real studio before— and we recorded a song I had written called LA Baby. I really didn’t know what to do, and had no recording experience or any developed technique. I remember being nervous but excited. But It actually felt really natural as if I had done it my whole life. I learned a lot about how to put feeling and emotion into my vocals, and how energy and vocal dynamics can elevate a song. I loved every second of it, and knew I wanted to do this every day of my life. The song was a total power ballad about me leaving my life in New York and moving to Los Angeles. We even wound up doing a music video for it, but we never actually released the song or the video.
What’s your process for developing creative for music and videos?
A lot of the time when I actually write my lyrics, I’m also developing a visual concept in my head as well, and it really helps the writing process. I’m a story teller, and it’s important that my lyrics tell a story, and to do that I craft visual ideas simultaneously. As well, I’m always looking to bounce ideas off of my brother and my other friends who are artists.
Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to make music?
Be yourself. And be yourself unapologetically. You’ll never be happy with what you create if you’re creating it for other people or what you’re creating just isn’t you. When I first started out in my career, I was making music that I thought other people wanted to hear. And I was working with people out of necessity, not really making the music I wanted to make. I felt kinda stuck, pretending to be someone that I wasn’t. It took a long time for me to finally get to a point where I was creating music that made me happy and made me proud. Now I’m at a place in my life and my career where I’m making beautiful music, that I love, and that other people love too. People will always gravitate towards someone who is honest, and real. So be yourself, and if someone doesn’t love or follow you for that, you probably shouldn’t cater to them anyways. And they probably suck lol.