25 year old American/Australian, Indie/Alternative solo artist based in New York City. Inspired at an early age from Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera she formulated her own passions and skill to pursue her own music. Her creative take on dark pop ballads have introduced her as an up and coming singer/song writer. An artist can take their pain from a dark place and transform it into musical notes and she has mastered this craft . Crystal has definitely found her light again and it shines upon us…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in New York City, and I now reside in East New York, Brooklyn.
Near Halloween you released your newest musical work ‘Call Me Morticia, Because I Love The Dark Clouds’. You go into a dark place lyrically, tell us about the song:
I wrote the song during a really dark time a few months ago, and most of it is based on a toxic relationship I was in. In this relationship I had some trust issues, as well as feeling like I was giving all of myself. They weren’t consistent with their feelings, and everyone else was given more attention and treated better than me. The communication was awful, and on top of it, I was heavily gaslighted into believing I was going insane and the things that were happening right before my eyes weren’t as they seemed. It also affected my self-esteem in a very negative way. I started to lose sight of myself, something I worked so hard to regain from previous trauma in my life. In the end, the relationship ended extremely callously, but even after it did he still gave me a shred of hope that it was possible that we could talk out all of our issues and try to resolve things. Before ghosting me completely, I was still the only one who was hurt badly. I felt stupid for trying at all, giving myself to someone who wasn’t worth any of it, and wasting my time-I hate wasting time in general, because life is already too short for that. There was another personal matter as well that happened a few weeks later regarding me ending up in the hospital for a day and a half and suffering from a loss that I wasn’t previously aware of. It put me into an even bigger depression hole, and that is the lyric meaning for “her blood’s on my hands.” The song is also inspired by “The Addams Family” and the relationship of Gomez and Morticia, which completely contradicts that of a toxic relationship, because they have the perfect one, and it’s about me, in a way trying to force similar attributes on a relationship.
You seem to have an old soul as well as talented beyond your years:
I am 25, but I always felt I have an old soul, I’m filled with so much empathy, especially until it kills me. When I was younger I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother and many views I have are based on what she has taught me. She was the kindest person I had ever met, and there will never be someone like her again. When I lost her, it was a great loss for me. I’ve also been very comfortable with the thought of being alone and independent, as far as love goes. I would like to find someone, but at the same time I really don’t need anyone. I enjoy breaking my own path, while educating myself on many different topics, because knowledge is definitely power.
When did you know you’d become a singer/song writer?
I knew I wanted to pursue music when I was only six years old. When I was a young girl, my father took me into the city to see a musical, “The Phantom Of The Opera” and I mimicked every single line. Even the male parts in what my family called, a distinct operatic style. As the years went on, I became more interested in metal, and I was in a few metal bands myself in my teen years. Those bands didn’t work out because no one was as determined as I was, and saw it as only a hobby. After coming to that realization and finding it tough to find anyone who actually wanted to take it seriously, I became a solo artist and found my producer through a mutual friend. I changed my genre to Dark Pop with a wide variety of influences and sounds, but recently I have both joined and started two side projects with some talented musicians.
What would be the ultimate dream for you?
The ultimate dream for me would be to be able to live comfortably, with music as a main source of funds, and with that, I would be able to live in a small house in the woods with my own studio surrounded by many adopted animals.
What are you planning next?
Next, I am planning to film a music video for my single “The 90’s” and I’m also working on my first full length album, which will also include features from very talented people. It is set to be released sometime in late 2020.
Describe your personal style:
My personal style is definitely more on the dramatic side. I’ve always been heavily into Gothic and alternative style, and I love striking makeup looks. As a teen I looked up to Kerli, who is an extremely talented artist, and she is also known for her “bubble goth” look, which can be very cute and colorful, but still keeping it creepy and goth. She’s a prime example of the gorgeous style I do my best to achieve, but with my own uniqueness.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty to me, means everything that is beautifully creepy in the world, and everything that is poles apart from the “normal” definition of beautiful.