She brings blood and lipstick wrapped up in her dark and gritty noir world. She takes inspiration from classic artists and macabre undertones to bring a show filled darkness and desire. Her new album “Vulgar Virtue” will take you on a journey of mystery and the enigmatic mind. Inspired by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Massive Attack, as well as David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Salvador Dali. Her album comes with much anticipation and enthusiasm from those who listen to what she has to give and enter her world of love, lust, pain and desires.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born, where are you now and where will you end up?
I was born in Queens NY, right now I’m currently hiding up in the mountains. I’ve always dreamed about moving down to New Orleans some day and playing blues music and sitting on my porch drinking whiskey and singing. That, or I’ll go back to my home planet of Venus.
How would you explain to the world who you are as an artist?
I live for music and art. It moves me in a way that I can’t explain. It consumes me and takes over my soul. I am so inspired by many different artists and genres of music. I’m a visual sound artist inspired by the macabre and the spiritual realm. My lyrics are all inspired by real life events in my life mixed with fantasy and the unknown. Blood, lipstick, beauty, love, sex and pain. I want people to feel and see things when they experience my music. Just let go your mind.
‘VULGAR VIRTUE’ is you brand new baby, bloodied and fresh born. It’s a six track soul revealing personal masterpiece that we carefully listened with extra ears. Going into this did you know in your heart that it would turn out this way?
I knew that I was going to finally unlock that part of me I have been searching for creatively and emotionally. I did not want to follow any formulas or any rules. I wanted everything as real and raw as it can be. I knew that if I 100% followed my instinct and allowed myself to dig deep into the core of my soul, that others would see that and want to connect to that as well.
I noticed ‘Twenty Eight Guns’ is a 9 minute track, I’m glad you made it so long, tell us the why:
My co-writer Steve Woodzell and I were drinking gin and watching Pink Floyd “Echos” live in Pompeii. Which was generally a normal part of studio sessions! Ha! I told him I wanted to make a song that takes you on a roller coaster of sound and atmosphere. That’s how Twenty Eight Guns was born. No formula, just a song that takes you to different dimensions and then drops you off into a psychedelic climax.
Are you self producing or collaborating with other producers and musicians?
I am self produced and just work with one person but I’d love to collaborate though. The more music in my life, the better. I’ve been asked to sing on some tracks for other bands who reached out to me since the release of my album “Vulgar Virtue”. So look out for that in the future.
Who else would you like to work with?
That’s a hard question to ask, so many come to mind. A dream collaboration would be with Trent Reznor or Depeche Mode of course. Also David Lynch.
A few words that describe your style:
Gritty – Noir – Electronic Grunge smeared in lipstick. Sorry I can’t stick to three words. I’m a talkative Gemini from NY.
How has this never before seen Pandemic affected you?
I’m very grateful where I am right now. To those who are fighting this battle and all the workers during this time, my heart goes out to you and I thank you. I’m fortunate enough to just take this time spent isolated to just promote my music, connect with people from all around the world and continue to create. I’ve already written bass and lyrics for 4 songs since this started. Once we can come out of our quarantine pods I can get back into the studio. I can see though how these times have affected my lyrics already. I really miss my family, friends and the energy of others. I miss performing so much and looking out into a sea of people. Soon enough though we will all get that back. It’s going to be amazing!
Future plans, dreams and desires:
I plan to go to the UK and book venues to perform at. Then from there it’s just to keep creating, and expand my mind further. I hope to meet new and interesting people on these journeys too. I just want to create and perform for the rest of my life. I want to reach an audience of people who get me and can relate to my music. That’s what is most important to me in my journey. I also plan on going to dance at sweaty Brooklyn metal bars when this is over. I miss throwing fake blood and glitter on myself at shows/parties. It’s not the same in isolation, haha! I hope to see new and familiar faces soon.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
There is so much beauty in darkness. Dark Beauty means power, mystery and individuality. I also just want to say Thank You to everyone who has supported me and purchased, downloaded or shared my album. It means the world to me. I am so grateful and happy that so many of you have connected with my music. I wish you all happiness and good health. I hope you all use this time to be creative, learn and discover new things about yourself. I hope to meet you in the near future at a show! Be kind and loving to each other. Also stay focused and clear. See you soon. Mwah!