Your music has been described as captivating and intimate, drawing listeners into your stories. How do you create such a sense of intimacy in your songs, and what do you hope your audience takes away from your music?
I have a hard time explaining the relationship I have with music, other than it has always felt extremely precious and personal. I remember being very young (around 4 or 5) and feeling like singing was some sort of hidden treasure that I had unearthed, and I wanted to keep it a secret. I was evidently not very good at keeping my love of singing under wraps, however, as we would often have neighbors stop by our house and comment on the young voice coming from our backyard patio.
Music has always felt like a diary of sorts or a best friend you can confide your innermost feelings with. I struggle with writing and listening to music void of that sense of intimacy, so I guess I naturally gravitate towards music that is more exposed and vulnerable. As an aside, I am not interested in manipulating listeners into feeling a certain way, so I try to write music that floats somewhere in the middle of the emotional spectrum, where the music doesn’t lean too heavily into sounding sad or happy.
I would really like for those listening to my music to have their own experience and take what they are able to from it without any significant emotional bias. I always feel let down by music that tries to make me feel any sort of particular emotion, as it is ultimately up to the listener to determine how they interpret a song.