What inspires you to create?
A lot of things. I write loads about relationships, and my drama with wastemen and whatnot. I guess how we deal with emotions is what inspires a lot of my writing. I try to analyse how I have dealt with different human interaction, not necessarily romantic, just relationships in general.
You’ve always wanted to be a singer. How have you dealt with that dream when the music industry can seem so competitive and unreachable at times?
When I was young, singing was always something that seemed so far-fetched. I was so passionate about it and it took a long time to for me to actually tell people, “I wanna be a singer.” I was embarrassed to say it ‘cause I felt like people would think “that’s so unrealistic, why do you wanna do that?”. There’s loads of times when I have self-doubt. But I want to live my life doing something that I love, that is the momentum that keeps me going. At the end of the day, I know other things will not make me as happy as pursuing this, knowing I put everything into this.
Are you glad, in hindsight, that the journey to success has been slow and steady?
For ages, I wished I already had music out, but looking back I feel that I learnt a lot along the way in terms of writing and production and what my taste is. In terms of building character that definitely helped with my writing. I was writing songs at 10 but it was a bunch of rubbish! I was writing love songs but obviously, I had never experienced that so it was emulating other songs I listened to. It was fun to do that and practice, but it’s not real. I think just live life a while if you want to be an artist in any form, understand what it is you are trying to say.
“The whole song is me talking to myself and saying maybe, through the hurt and confusion, I will grow”
Tell me the story behind creating your newest release ‘Just Like Me’?
I wrote ‘Just Like Me’ two years ago now, that was written at a shitty point. I was dealing with depression which was a new thing for me to deal with, I had never labelled my emotions as that… I wrote that song with hope that things get better. The whole song is me talking to myself and saying maybe, through the hurt and confusion, I will grow, that’s where the line ‘maybe in the dark I’ll grow’ comes from. It’s just a reminder that you often have the power to uplift yourself. Depression is a difficult thing, it’s not like ‘just be happy’, it’s not that simple. But in my personal experience, a large part of it came from me having to will myself to want to be positive […] I think it was good that I wrote it so long ago, I feel like if I had released it as soon as I wrote it I wouldn’t have been open about the topic. Now I feel like I deal with my emotions better and the media is more open to mental health discussions, it allows me to be honest.