Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?
Hello, hello! Stoked to be here – This is no joke, I have literally finished my second album today, so a pretty momentous day for us here in camp Boo Seeka!
Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for?
I have been creating and performing music for basically my entire life! I guess I’ve been creating music in my head for as long as I know, my parents had a massive record collection & I would spend hours listening to various records, studying the music & trying to figure out what instrument made each sound I could hear. Mum even had her earphones over her belly when she was pregnant with me. Life is a crazy thing, but when I look back music has always been the pillar of most decisions I made.
Who are your greatest inspirations? Why?
Some say art is everything, I say everything is inspiration. Everyone one is different with their writing choices but I personally think if you are not open, ready and willing to let all things inspire you, you might be neglecting the thing that will help you write better, and I think that is similar in just personally like writing all types of music and there is no reason I can’t do that. It keeps it interesting for all of us.
How do you create music? Are your lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first? Explain your process.
I don’t think there is a process for me, to be honest it always changes. For me, I have to be a sponge in all elements of life. If I cut out a certain aspect of life, and say “no I can’t write about that”, then I am doing myself a disservice. The reality is, I have no idea where my next song will come from, so I am trying to be open to all elements of life. I hope that makes sense haha.
What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?
Believing in what I do. I am a serial second guesser, so being confident with songs or creative direction is something that I have needed to get much better at.
Tell us about your latest release Finish What You Started release, how did it come about?
This one all started with just the vocal sample that you hear at the start of the track that goes: “You want me, you want me”. My producer, Matt & I really dug into this one as if we were imagining being in the crowd at a festival & having a lyric that could be shouted into the crowd.
What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?
It’s super simple, but I genuinely stand by it.
Do it for no other reason, except that you love it. I think that is key for anyone inspiring to do anything.
Tell us your favourite Zen practice.
Drinking a bottle of beautiful red wine & cooking for my friends and family.