What can we expect from you in upcoming months?
I've got so much great music coming, I'm dying to release it. I think we've really hit a stride with this new sound. It fits me so well, and it's lighthearted but loaded and I'm really happy with it.
Any tours/ live shows you are excited about in the future?
We just finished a string of Pride shows, which were incredible. The best crowds out there. I'm playing the Highline Ballroom on the 16th this month which I'm really looking forward to, and then as far as touring we're looking to put a little something together for end of summer/early fall.
Who is your dream artist to do a duet with?
That's a hard one. You know what- I'm gonna say Shania Twain.
How was playing at Nashville pride during such a historic weekend in our nation?
I cannot begin to explain to you how much fun I had. The best thing about playing prides, even before the Supreme Court's decision, is the way everyone comes together with such joy. So much support and love coming from every which way. I feel like I could have totally bombed and the crowd would still cheer- because everyone was just in such a happy positive place. That environment makes my job so easy. There's really just nothing in this world like the energy from a crowd of people that just gained a constitutional right. We were all celebrating together.
What inspires your own artistry?
I've considered myself an artist for my whole life, as long as I can remember I've drawn and painted. I went to SVA in NY for a bit. I've always found art, and art-making to be the cure for that human ache of loneliness. Sometimes being human means feeling isolated. And sometimes it feels like it's all in your head. Those stupid questions like why am I here, am I alone? They are answered for me when I make something and someone feels it. Or when I look at a painting and feel. I know that the human that made it and the human looking at it have connected and are therefor real, on earth, not alone. This is what I take from music too. The (sorry to be corny, but) magic that I feel when I can see someone hearing my song and really hearing it. So an individual piece of art can be inspired by anything- a word, a memory, a sound. But the artistry itself, my love for art and for art-making, is inspired by the way loneliness is broken through human connection.
Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why?
Probably New York, honestly. I traveled here and never left.
What are some of your pre - show rituals?
Day of the show, I have a really hard time not eating cheese. But I try because its not good for the voice. I've never been good at the singing rules though.
Before we get on stage the band and I have a pump up thing where we jump into each other a bunch of times and yell, "horseheads!" I'm not gonna try to explain where that came from.
And I don’t really ever have a drink until I get on stage, and then it's whiskey neat and a lukewarm bottle of water. I tried beer but it made me burp too much.
How is your new music different from ‘The Brooklyn’ EP?
To put it simply, It's just more- me! I consider everything I do self-portraiture, and songwriting is my most recent vehicle for that. So as we're going forward and writing and writing, it becomes easier as we all get better, to really say what I want to say in a way that's authentic to who I am and to the music I care about. With the little success we had from the Brooklyn EP we were able to go into this writing cycle without fear or being too much of anything. It has a freedom to it that I think may have been missing before.
What inspired your new artwork for ‘Rumble in the Park’?
Definitely the story in the song. The Peaches and the Fingerbangers were these gangs we created and the artwork, pretty explicitly, symbolizes these two groups. I modeled my own hands and then painted them this way. For Rumble in the Park we really took it as far as possible without, and maybe with, stepping over the line. The song is on some level about how we take things too far in the name of love, or love lost really.
If you could say anything to your fans, a word of advice or wisdom or something about yourself, what would it be?
I would tell them something that I'm just getting a hold of myself, which is that you don't have to go out of your way to try and be different. You're an individual and already different from everyone in every way. Once you really get a hold of that you can start to thrive with what you have in common. And how the things that make you different are your great contributions to the world. Your differences are to be embraced. Being different is the one thing we all have in common.