Could you tell us about your new release Pool and what it’s all about? Pool is my debut solo album. I wrote and recorded it in LA. I was heavily influenced by California and all its beautiful trappings. I was listening to a lot of DJ Mustard, Drake, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Robyn at the time so you can definitely hear those influences in there.
For someone that’s worked with bands previously, what are the key differences in doing things as a solo artist? Change is always very real. I work to embrace it daily. It’s exciting and liberating to go out on your own but it’s also super exposing and can leave you pretty vulnerable because it’s all on you. I’d say the biggest difference is trusting your own artistry as its own thing and not comprised as an element of a conglomerate.
When you aren’t making music, what else do you get up to? I’m a bit of a homebody, I like writing, reading and cooking. I’m also super into nature, plants and trees, so I get my fix whenever possible. I work out and go to the ocean as much as I can.
If you could play a dream gig with any three artists, living or dead, who would they be and why? Rihanna, for all the obvious reasons. She’s dope. Effortlessly cool and so much character in her performance. Madonna, because she’s the Queen of Bad.Nicki Minaj, because this show needs the baddest bitch in hip hop on its bill.